Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition affecting more than two million Americans. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says that the supportive plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful, impacting mobility. At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your renowned podiatrist is Dr. Daniel Waldman, can diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis, returning you, and your feet, to normal.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia, plantar fasciitis happens when the connective tissue between the heel and toes is repeatedly overstretched due to:
- Overuse (as with running or standing on your feet too long)
- High arches
- New athletic activity
- Tight calf muscles
- The aging process
Heel pain is a presenting symptom, and some patients have small calcified projections off the front of their heel bones. These heel spurs add to the discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis. Typically, plantar fasciitis symptoms are worse in the morning and abate during the day.
Diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis
Your podiatrist at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, will inspect your painful feet, watch you walk, and do X-rays or other types of digital imaging if warranted. Many people with plantar fasciitis twist their feet to the midline (overpronation). This extra pressure on the plantar fascia leads to soreness, swelling, and difficulty walking and standing.
Dr. Waldman will fine-tune your treatment to suit your individual symptoms and lifestyle. Elements of your care plan may include:
- Rest, ice, and elevation of the affected foot
- Arch supports (customized shoe orthotics)
- Changes in athletic training
- Motrin to relieve pain and inflammation
- Cortisone injections
- Maintaining a recommended body weight
- Wearing shoes with thick soles (no flip flops or going barefoot)
- Massage and other kinds of physical therapy
Some patients do not respond well to conservative treatments. A surgery, such as plantar fascia release, can relieve pain and stiffness. Fortunately, Dr. Waldman is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery. A nationally and internationally known lecturer, Dr. Waldman is an expert in minimal incision surgical techniques.
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At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman, and his team relieve stubborn plantar fasciitis. Don't wait. Let this expert podiatrist help you stay active. Phone us for an appointment: (828) 254-5371. Or, you may contact us through our website: blueridgefoot.com.
Corns are basically rough, thickened dead skin patches that commonly appear on bony or raised portions of the feet. These usually form due to constant pressure and friction from tight footwear. In some people, corns aren’t really that bothersome, and simple home treatments will suffice to remove them.
In others, however, they can become extremely sore and painful and will need proper medical treatment. Fortunately, some treatments can help get rid of corns and keep them away for good. If you’re having problems with corns, you can consult with your board-certified podiatrist in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, to determine your treatment options.
Corns are easy to spot, so your podiatrist will simply inspect your feet to determine whether you have corns and rule out other possible causes of thickened dead skin patches like cysts or warts. If your podiatrist suspects that your corn might be caused by a physical abnormality in your foot, he’ll order an x-ray for confirmation.
Getting Rid of Corns
If simple treatments such as wearing loose and breathable footwear and padding the affected area fail to work, or you’re dealing with recurrent and/or painful corns, your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, might recommend the following treatments:
- Shaving Thickened Skin: This is done through the use of a scalpel and must only be performed by your podiatrist to avoid infection.
- Custom Orthotics: If you’ve previously tried OTC orthotics that didn’t give you the relief you need, your podiatrist will prescribe customized orthotic devices that will be tailor-made for you. These can help treat your corns and keep them from coming back.
- Medicated Pads: Your podiatrist may likewise recommend medicated pads and other medications for treating your corns. The main purpose of these pads is to deliver certain acids when fitted over the corns and break down the thickened skin to make it softer and easier to remove. You should only use these under the guidance of your podiatrist, particularly if you have diabetes.
- Surgical Intervention: If a foot abnormality, like an internal bone misalignment, is causing recurrent corns, surgery may be necessary. The procedure can effectively keep the corns from coming back by getting rid of the source of constant friction and pressure.
Need Relief From Your Corns? We Can Help
Call 828-254-5371 to arrange a consultation with your board-certified podiatrist in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman, here at Blue Ridge Foot Centers. Dr. Waldman also teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest Minimal incision technique.
Sometimes life gets hectic -- we rush to shower, dry off some, and then shove our damp feet into tight shoes. Every once in a while, our feet may start constant itching, signaling that we may have developed athletes' foot. Clear it up with Dr. Daniel Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC. Dr. Waldman is board certified, teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest minimal incisions, and can help you get itch-free.
Here are some tips to take care of your feet at home while getting rid of your foot fungus:
- Keep your feet cool and dry. Make sure that your socks are clean, fresh, and do not have any moisture in them. Foot fungus, also called tinea pedis, need a warm wet environment to thrive.
- Do not share personal belongings. Foot fungus is contagious, so it is critical to change all bedding, socks, shoes, and other items that might have come in contact with the infected foot.
- Wear shower shoes. Whether at the pool, after a shower, in the gym, try wearing shower shoes. It lessens the risk of a fungal infection of the foot.
- Use over the counter medication. Many drugstores carry affordable creams that are specially formulated to destroy foot fungus. When used as directed, these topicals can give you results in just a few days.
- Change your diet. Many yeasts and fungi thrive on sugars that are introduced to the body by diet. Try to reduce your starch and sugar intake as you take action to heal your infection.
While these tips can be quite effective, sometimes patients have to take a prescription oral medication to clear things up. Dr. Waldman can counsel you on which course of action to take and answer any questions you may have about your treatment.
Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers, serving Asheville, NC, at 828-254-5371 to schedule a consultation.
Are you concerned about getting another ingrown toenail? At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your board-certified podiatrist can help you prevent another episode of this common foot problem. Dr. Daniel Waldman helps many patients just like you have healthy nails and well-functioning feet.
A deformed toenail
How does an ingrown toenail happen? Onychocryptosis, as podiatrists call it, happens when the corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Usually, the big toenail is involved, says Healthline, and pain, tenderness, redness, and infection may result.
Factors contributing to an ingrown toenail include:
- Incorrect nail trimming
- Wearing shoes which are too snug in the toe box
- Inherited foot structure
- Wearing sweaty, poorly-fitting socks
- Trauma to the toe
- Repeated pressure to the toe through sports (kicking a ball, dancing)
Treatment typically involves soaking the foot at home and the use of pain medication as needed. However, when symptoms continue or worsen, you should see your podiatrist in his Asheville, NC, office for an eyes-on exam.
Dr. Waldman may recommend partial nail removal, an in-office procedure performed with a local anesthetic. The National Health Service says this surgery works 98 percent of the time.
Preventing ingrown toenails
These are the steps you can take to avoid, or lessen the severity of, onychomycosis:
1. Trim your toenails straight across with a sharp, clean pedicure tool. Do not round the corners.
2. Wear shoes that are roomy and well-fitting, placing no pressure on the big toes.
3. Washing and drying your feet daily to avoid fungal infections, such as Athlete's foot.
4. Changing your socks daily, or whenever they are sweaty or wet.
5. Wear safety shoes at work (with steel toes to protect against trauma).
6. See your podiatrist right away at the first sign of redness or pain.
Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers
Dr. Daniel Waldman can help you with a variety of foot health problems, including ingrown toenails. He is nationally and internationally known for his advanced surgical methods, including the latest in minimal incisions.
Call our Asheville, NC, office for an appointment with this outstanding podiatrist: (828) 254-5371. Or, contact us through our website: www.blueridgefoot.com.
Are your heels sore in the morning? Are you ready to feel better? At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville NC, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman understands the source of heel pain, and he can treat it. Board-certified in foot surgery, your foot doctor has helped scores of patients just like you find the relief they deserve.
What is causing my heel pain?
Your Asheville podiatrist hears this question all the time, and he can deliver an answer through a hands-on foot exam, X-rays, a sonogram as needed, and of course, listening to your symptoms. Dr. Waldman's most frequent diagnosis for heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the fibrous tissue between the toes and the heel.
How does this chronic condition arise? Often it comes from simple overuse--standing on your feet too much at work or engaging in a sport, such as running or volleyball. Also, an improper gait can overstretch the plantar fascia, causing pain with every step.
Finally, carrying too much bodyweight places excessive pressure on the soles of the feet and heels. Over time, the heel pain worsens unless you lose weight and get a customized treatment plan from your Asheville Podiatrist.
Surgery called plantar fascia release is an option for severe and intractable heel pain. Fortunately, Dr. Waldman is an expert podiatric surgeon who teaches foot surgery both nationally and internationally and uses the latest in minimal incision techniques.
However, the majority of people with heel pain do not require surgery of any kind. If this describes your condition, your treatment plan may include:
- Ice to sore, swollen areas of the foot
- Elevation of the foot
- Stretching exercises, particularly first thing in the morning
- Over the counter ibuprofen for pain and inflammation
- Customized shoe inserts (orthotics)
- MLS laser pain relief
- Proper running shoes with arch supports
MedicineNet says most patients with the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis do very well. Early diagnosis and careful management of symptoms is key to pain reduction and recovery of function.
Get back into life
Dr. Daniel Waldman is your caring podiatrist with a treatment plan which can help you resolve your heel pain. Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, at (828) 254-5371 for an in-office consultation, or consult our website, blueridgefoot.com, for more information.
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