Blue Ridge Foot Centers is here for all your foot care needs. Dr. Daniel Waldman is a board-certified podiatrist who teaches surgery internationally and can help you with any foot ailment. Visit us if you are experiencing foot pain in Asheville, NC.
Your feet take a lot of impact every day so foot pain is common, but we can help pinpoint the cause of your pain and start treatment. Having pain in your feet causes you to compensate for it while walking, which can lead to other injuries and problems. If you have foot pain and you've never seen a foot doctor, it's important for your diagnosis and treatment to see your podiatrist as soon as possible.
Common causes of foot pain
A very common cause of foot pain in Asheville, NC, is poor footwear choices. Shoes with high heels or narrow toe boxes force the toes together and contribute to bunions, hammertoes, calluses on the feet, and other foot deformities. Comfortable footwear that supports the arch and gives the toes room to wiggle can help you avoid a lot of foot woes! There are some of the common foot conditions we can help treat:
- Plantar fasciitis or heel pain happens when the thick band of muscle that runs along the sole of the foot becomes inflamed
- Neuromas are benign growths of nerves between the toes, another thing tight shoes can agitate
- Ingrown toenails happen when the edge of the toenail digs into the skin of the toe
- Heel spurs are growths on the underside of the heel bone and can be very painful
- Stress fractures are cracks in the bone caused by overuse. They can heal quickly with rest, but without treatment, they can also become complete fractures that will require a cast
We can help treat any of these foot conditions and more. If you have foot pain in Asheville, NC, visit Blue Ridge Foot Centers at blueridgefoot.com. Contact us for an appointment with Dr. Waldman at 828-254-5371.
Is that lump on your foot a bunion?
Has your parent been complaining about their bunion? If so, this may be enough for you to start taking a closer look at your own feet. After all, bunions are genetic. If you have a family member with bunions, chances are good that you could develop them too over the years. From the office of our Asheville, NC, board-certified podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman, here’s how to tell that you have a bunion.
You have a bony bump at the base of your big toe
This is the most obvious sign of a bunion. While a bunion can occur in any toe joint, it most often impacts the large joint at the base of the big toe. The bump will be small and unnoticeable at first but will continue to get larger if not properly managed.
You notice a callus
Since the bump sticks out, it’s more likely to rub against your shoes and lead to corn or callus. If you notice that there is a callus or hardened skin on the bump this is another sign that you have a bunion.
Your big toe leans inward
If you don’t take care of your feet and you ignore the stages of your bunion, it will continue to progress until you notice more severe changes to the overall structure of your feet. One of the first signs, apart from a bony protrusion, is that the big toe will start to lean inward on the smaller toes. In more severe cases, the big toe may even cross over the other toes.
If you notice a bony bump at the base of your big toe, this is usually how a bunion begins and it’s a good idea to turn to our Asheville, NC, podiatrist to find out how to prevent the bunion from getting worse. It’s much easier to manage a bunion during the earlier stages. Common ways to slow the progression of a bunion include:
- Wearing properly fitted and supportive footwear
- Wearing prescription orthotics in your shoes for added support and cushioning
- Applying a protective bandage over the bunion to prevent friction and the development of a callus
- Avoiding high heels and shoes with a pointed toe
- Ice therapy or warm soaks
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to ease pain and swelling
When is surgery necessary?
In most cases, bunion surgery isn’t recommended unless a patient is dealing with significant pain or a large bunion that impacts their daily routine and isn’t properly managed with nonsurgical treatment options. If you’re at this stage, it may be time to talk with our board-certified podiatrist about bunion surgery.
Here at our Asheville, NC, practice, we offer the latest and least invasive surgeries to correct deformities and other foot and ankle problems. Dr. Waldman is a surgical expert, teaching surgery nationally and internationally to other podiatrists. You know you have an expert on your side who will provide you with the best bunion treatment possible when you turn to Blue Ridge Foot Centers.
To contact our office or to schedule an appointment with our team, call us at 828-254-5371 or learn more about our services online.
Your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, can help with bunion pain.
Bunions can keep you from enjoying life, making even the most simple tasks, like putting on shoes, difficult or impossible. Bunion treatment has been around for a while, but now there is an exciting new way to treat bunions and get you back on your feet. It’s called Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction.
Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, offers comprehensive foot care services, including innovative bunion surgery with Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. Dr. Waldman is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Pediatric Surgeons. He teaches the latest procedures in foot surgery including minimal incision technique.
The more traditional ways of treating bunions include:
- Wearing custom-fit orthotics or footwear
- Shaving calluses and corns to relieve friction
- Surgical treatment, known as a bunionectomy
Now, there is a new, more effective way to treat bunions, known as Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. It works because unlike traditional methods, lapiplasty eliminates bunions by working in three dimensions, correcting the underlying joint misalignment and instability.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction works because it uses instruments specifically designed to move the entire bone back into its normal position, which straightens the toe and removes the bump. The unstable joint is secured with two small titanium plates, to keep your toe and foot in alignment and prevent the bunion from recurring. The technology works so well that patients are able to get back on their feet only days after surgery.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction has many advantages over traditional surgery. Consider that Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction:
- Doesn’t require casting
- Is weight-bearing within days
- Allows you to walk in a surgical boot within 6 weeks, which is 6 to 8 weeks sooner than traditional bunion surgery
To find out more about bunion treatment using 3D Bunion Correction and other foot and ankle services, call Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, at (828) 254-5371, or visit his website by clicking here. Call or visit the site today!
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.
Feel better now!
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.
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