Do you feel pain along the bottom of your foot or at the base of your heel? Are you walking funny or hesitating to walk at all? You may have a condition called plantar fasciitis, which can be treated by Dr. Daniel Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC. This condition is common in athletes, manual laborers, and people who must walk long distances every day.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis (also called heel spur syndrome) is an inflammation of the band of tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. This ligament, called the plantar fascia, is important to the function of your feet. It helps you walk, run, and jump with ease and comfort. It also allows you to maintain a healthy arch. The inflammation is caused by strain on the feet, whether from wearing cheap shoes or rolling the foot inward too much when walking. Patients who are obese are also prone to plantar fasciitis pain because of the extra weight and pressure put on the feet.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
Though it is sometimes needed, it is possible to treat plantar fasciitis without surgery. Here are some of the non-invasive options Dr. Daniel Waldman may present you:
- Designing a custom orthotic to slip into your shoes.
- Foot wrapping or splinting for athletes.
- Targeted stretches and physical therapy.
- OTC or Rx Anti Inflammatory medications.
- RADIAL WAVE THERAPY.
Be Good to Your Feet
Once your feet have been successfully treated for plantar fasciitis, keep your feet healthy by protecting them and making better daily choices. Here are a few tips on how you can avoid a reoccurring foot injury:
- Change your footwear, as this is often the source of foot pain. Avoid wearing flip-flops and very high-heeled shoes.
- Be more aware of how you’re walking (heel first, roll forward evenly, and end on your toes).
- Soak your feet at night (warm water and Epsom salt) and rub them gently at night to get relief after a long day.
Have Your Feet Examined
Dr. Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, will determine if you have plantar fasciitis and recommend the appropriate treatment. Call 828-254-5371 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Waldman.
A bunion is an abnormal, bony prominence that develops on the joint at the base of your big toe. As the big toe joint becomes enlarged, it forces the toe to crowd against your other toes, and the pressure exerted on your big toe joint results in inflammation and pain. Early treatment is necessary to decrease the risk of developing joint deformities.
Bunions develop due to prolonged abnormal pressure or motion on your big toe joint, most often caused by inherited structural defects, poor-fitting shoes, foot injuries, or congenital deformities. Women are generally more prone to bunions because of the shoe types typically worn, such as high-heels and narrow-toed shoes.
Bunion pain can range from mild to severe, often making it difficult to wear shoes and perform normal activities. You should contact our office if you notice the following symptoms:
- An enlarged, visible bulge on your big toe joint
- Restricted movement of your big toe or foot that prevents you from performing normal activities
- Irritation, corns or calluses caused by the overlap of the first and second toes
- Frequent pain, swelling or redness around your big toe joint
Treatment For a Bunion
Treatment for a bunion will vary depending on its severity. Identifying the condition in its early stages is important to avoid surgery, with the main objective of early treatment being to relieve pressure and stop the progression of the deformity. Many times conservative treatments, such as padding, modified footwear or orthotic devices can be highly effective for preventing further growth and reducing the pressure and pain.
We recommend the following for reducing pressure and pain caused by bunions:
- Wear comfortable shoes that don't cramp or irritate your toes and avoid high-heeled shoes
- Apply ice to reduce inflammation and pain
- Our podiatrists can show you how to apply padding to your foot to place it in its normal position and reduce stress on the bunion
When early treatments fail or the persistent pain associated with your bunion is interfering with your daily activities, a surgical procedure may be recommended as a last resort to realign the toe joint and alleviate the pressure. We can advise you on the best treatment options available to relieve pressure on the bunion and slow the progression of the joint deformity.
Dealing with painful feet? We can help!
Everyone will experience foot pain at some point during their lifetime and it’s important to figure out what’s causing it so that you can get the best treatment possible. Find out the common causes of foot pain and when you need to visit our Asheville, NC, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman for care.
What’s the problem?
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to tell what’s going on until you come in for an evaluation. Of course, there are certainly injuries and conditions that appear more regularly than other. Common causes of foot pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- Strains and sprains
- Stress fracture
- Bone spur
- Ingrown toenails
So, as you can see, there are a lot of different problems that could be at play here, which is why it’s best to play it safe and call your Asheville, NC, foot doctor if you are dealing with pain, stiffness, numbness, burning, tingling swelling or difficulty putting weight on the foot. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes and you have any changes in your feet it’s important that you seek medical attention right away to prevent serious complications from setting in.
How can I treat my foot problem?
If your pain is due to an injury, many times you can manage your symptoms with the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation). It’s also important that you avoid any activities that could make the injury worse.
If pain doesn’t subside with at-home care or if the pain gets worse it’s important that you call your podiatrist as soon as possible. Some conditions require more aggressive treatment options like shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections. Only in rare cases when all treatment options have been exhausted will surgery be recommended to correct the problem.
Don’t let foot problems affect your daily routine. Let the footcare experts at Blue Ridge Foot Center in Asheville, NC, provide you with the treatment you need to get back on your feet again. Call us today.
Managing your bunion symptoms doesn’t have to be difficult.
Dealing with a bunion? Don’t worry; you aren’t alone. This foot deformity might not be noticeable at first or cause you any issues, but if it continues to progress then at some point you might find yourself dealing with bunion swelling and pain. Luckily, our Asheville, NC, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman is here to offer up ways to manage your symptoms and prevent them from flaring up.
Surgery isn't always necessary unless you are dealing with a bunion that is so severe that it affects your daily life. Otherwise, there are conservative treatments for bunions:
Our Asheville, NC, foot doctor can help you determine the best types of shoes. Certain shoes can actually make this common foot deformity worse. Here are some rules to follow when it comes to choosing the right shoes,
Do not choose shoes that are too tight. This might seem like an obvious piece of advice but it’s not as obvious as you might think. It’s important to note that a lot of people buy shoes that are a little too tight thinking that there is a “breaking in” period. There is no such thing. If the shoes don’t fit properly the first time you try them then you need to choose a different size or style.
Your toes should also never be bunched up in the shoes you wear. Shoes that have a pointed toe or have a narrow toe bed are more likely to cause symptoms to flare-up since they put pressure on the bunion and also scrunch toes up. Make sure that whatever shoes you are wearing allow your toes the freedom to wiggle and move around.
Shoes should also provide your feet with enough stabilization, cushioning and support. In some instances, you may benefit from getting custom orthotics (shoe inserts) from our podiatrist Dr. Waldman.
If your bunion is severe or isn’t responding to conservative treatment options then it might be time to consider turning to Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville to figure out the next step. Don’t let bunion pain dictate your life. We can help!
That hard bump on the outside of your little toe is getting bigger. You feel a lot of friction between your toe and your shoe, and you just want it to stop. Why not come to Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC and let Dr. Daniel Waldman take a look? One of the more common foot issues is corns, and Dr. Waldman can rid you of these nuisances more easily than you may think.
What is a corn?
It can be either a hard or soft skin bump on the bottom or side of the foot or on the toes--usually the vulnerable little toes. Constant rubbing and pressure from snugly fitting shoes or bunched up socks frequently cause corns, as do toe deformities such as hammertoes and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.
The American Academy of Dermatology states that some corns gradually reduce in size or completely disappear all by themselves. However, to be sure that what you have truly is a corn, you should see Dr. Waldman for accurate diagnosis and treatment of corns.
Treating and diagnosis
Dr. Waldman diagnoses corns by simply looking at them. Also, he'll discuss your footwear habits (high heels put too much pressure on the toes) and your symptoms. Also, he'll examine your foot structure to look for bone spurs, claw feet and hammertoes which are risk factors for the formation of corns.
To treat corns, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Footwear with wider toe boxes
- Shoe padding to alleviate fricion
- Over the counter salicylic acid and other corn removal preparations
- Painless mechanical reduction of the corn with a scalpel (Dr. Waldman does this in the office and doesn't advise do-it-yourself surgery)
- Moisturizers applied daily to the feet and toes (they control the build-up of dead skin, especially in the areas prone to corns)
Have healthy, happy feet in Asheville
Your podiatric health is so important. It indicates skin, bone, joint and circulatory function, and your feet keep you active and moving. If you're troubled by corns or other conditions of the feet and ankles, please contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC for a consultation with Dr. Waldman. He offers same-day appointments Monday through Thursday for your convenience. Call 828-254-5371.
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