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.
Struggling with foot pain? Here at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Waldman, can assess your condition, determine what’s causing your foot pain, and recommend the most suitable treatment for it. With this in mind, here are the most common causes of foot pain:
Plantar Fasciitis and Foot Pain
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that develops due to overuse injuries of the plantar, which is the foot’s sole surface. This inflames the fascia, which is a tough, fibrous tissue band connecting your heel bone to your toes’ base portion. Plantar fasciitis's main symptoms include heel pain, particularly when you stand after resting the affected foot. Running or walking, especially when your calf muscles are tight, may likewise cause plantar fasciitis. Treatment typically entails sufficient rest, cold therapy, stretching exercises for the plantar fascia/Achilles tendon, and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Ball of The Foot Pain
This is typically due to joint or nerve damage in the ball of the affected foot. In some cases, this may be caused by a noncancerous or benign growth like Morton’s neuroma. Depending on your specific symptoms, your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, may recommend wearing custom orthotics or supportive shoe inserts, corticosteroid injections, and/or surgery.
Also known as Achilles tendon injury, this is typically a result of overuse injuries of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon. Symptoms usually include gradually worsening pain following exercise, swelling, and stiffness that becomes better after the Achilles tendon has warmed up. Treatment options might include resting the affected foot, stretching, applying supportive bandages/devices, massage, NSAIDs, strengthening exercises, ultrasound, and/ or surgery.
Get Relief for Your Foot Pain Now
Dial (828) 254-5371 to schedule your appointment with our podiatrist here at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman. Dr. Waldman is a board-certified podiatrist that teaches all kinds of surgeries nationally and internationally, including the latest minimal incision foot surgery.
Corns. You always heard your grandmother complain about hers. Now you have a few and they do hurt. At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman can treat your corns and help keep them from returning. While corns are just hardened areas of skin on the foot, they need expert care.
You and your corns
You are incompatible. Corns are unattractive bumps of hard, dry skin that form on pressure points on your feet. The sides, balls, and tops of your feet are common corn sites. Corns develop because of deformities such as bunions on the inner area of the foot or claw-like hammertoes which frequently accompany bunions.
However, most corns form due to friction and pressure, says the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). Dr. Waldman sees corns on people of all ages who come to his Asheville, NC, office. Why? Their shoes and socks rub against the skin and bones of the feet, and the body's defense mechanism produces corns of varying sizes and shapes.
After a complete foot examination, Dr. Waldman will remove those bothersome corns. Plus, he'll show you how to keep them from coming back.
Do not try removing corn at home. You could injure your feet, causing an infection and bleeding, particularly if you are diabetic.
Dr. Waldman typically uses a scalpel to carefully remove all the corns. As corns are not innervated, this procedure will not hurt. Also, your podiatrist will address any foot deformity you may have which contributes to corn formation.
There are many ways to do this. Your foot doctor will tell you what strategies are best for you and your feet. Interventions include:
- Changing footwear and socks to ones that fit properly and do not unduly rub against the feet.
- Soaking your feet and gently filing the corns with a pumice stone.
- Applying moisturizer to all foot surfaces every day.
- Wearing moleskin padding (available at the drugstore or supermarket) around the corn to protect it from friction.
- Trimming your toenails straight across.
- Avoiding high-heeled, narrow, tight shoes.
Healthy, happy feet
You can have corn-free feet. Call Blue Ridge Foot Centers for caring, professional help from Dr. Daniel Waldman. Phone our Asheville, NC, office at (828) 254-5371.
Have you been struggling with heel pain? It could be caused by plantar fasciitis, a common podiatric condition that can make even simple movements incredibly difficult. Fortunately, your Asheville, NC, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Walman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, offers treatments designed to ease your plantar fasciitis pain—read on to learn more!
Inflammation is responsible for plantar fasciitis pain
Plantar fasciitis pain is caused by an inflammation in the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that links your toes to your heel. The fascia not only supports your arch, but it also acts as a shock absorber. Pain can occur due to tiny tears in the fascia that cause inflammation and stiffness.
Plantar fasciitis symptoms can make everyday tasks more difficult
Walking through the grocery store or participating in your favorite form of exercise can become harder than expected if you develop plantar fasciitis. Have you noticed that your heel feels particularly painful first thing in the morning? Plantar fasciitis tends to be worse when you walk or stand after you've been inactive for a while.
Some people are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis than others
Plantar fasciitis often affects people who are between 40 and 60. The problem can be traced to an age-related flattening of the foot, which may put added stress on the plantar fascia. Being overweight or obese can also stress your fascia and cause inflammation.
Teachers, factory workers, and other people who spend most of the day on their feet may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Your risk may increase if you have tight calf muscles, high arches, run for exercise, or train too long/too hard.
Your Asheville podiatrist can help you ease your pain
Resting your foot and using a combination of ice and over-the-counter pain medication can be very helpful if you have plantar fasciitis. If your pain persists despite this home treatment, your foot doctor may recommend physical therapy, ultrasound therapy, steroid injections, or night splints. The splints stretch your fascia while you sleep, reducing inflammation.
Steroid injections may be recommended if you have severe pain. Surgery isn't usually necessary but it may be an option if your pain doesn't improve after trying other treatments.
Need relief? Give us a call
Contact your Asheville, NC, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Walman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, at (828) 254-5371 to schedule an appointment or visit his website: https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.
If you regularly wear shoes that rub against certain parts of your foot, you may have noticed a hard, skin-colored bump starting to appearing in the area. This is a corn, it is your body’s way of trying to protect itself from the pressure that’s being placed on it day in and day out. Fortunately, our Asheville, NC, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Waldman, can treat this condition and prevent it from causing larger issues for your feet. Read on to learn more about corns and what Dr. Waldman can do to help.
What causes a corn?
Wearing shoes that are a bit too tight, as well as performing certain repetitive activities such as running, can both cause corns to develop. Common foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes are also susceptible to corns.
Is a corn and callus the same thing?
While both a corn and a callus are protective defenses against friction and foot trauma, calluses are typically larger and often develop on the heels or balls of the feet. Corns, on the other hand, are smaller and develop in areas that aren’t usually weight-bearing.
How can you prevent a corn from developing?
Wearing shoes and socks that aren’t too loose, too tight, and don’t rub against the skin is the best way to prevent corns from developing. If there is an area such as a bunion that is prone to corns, you can also apply a non-medicated pad to the area to protect it.
I have a corn. How do I treat it?
While corns are common, they are also often easy to treat. First, you should avoid the shoes that cause the problem in the first place and only wear properly fitted shoes. You can also apply a protective pad to the area to prevent the corn from getting worse. Healthy individuals may additionally want to soak the corn in warm water for 10 minutes to soften it and then use a pumice stone to carefully file it down (be careful not to file too much of the skin).
However, if you have circulation problems or diabetes and you develop a corn, it’s important that you seek treatment from a footcare professional in Asheville, NC, right away and don’t try to treat the problem yourself.
Need care? Give us a call
If you are regularly dealing with corns or other foot problems, it’s important that you find out what might be going on by turning to a footcare professional. Do so by visiting our website at www.blueridgefoot.com, and contacting our Asheville office by dialing (828) 254-5371. Call today to set up an appointment with Dr. Waldman, a board-certified podiatrist who is an expert in the latest minimal incision techniques and teaches surgery both nationally and internationally.
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