Heel pain is at the top of the list when it comes to the most common reasons that patients visit the podiatrist's office. Distress on the heels is common since they are the main source of support for walking, running, balancing, and standing in place. One possible cause could be plantar fasciitis (also called heel spur syndrome). Once you understand the source of your heel pain, you can start on the road to relief by visiting Blue Ridge Foot Centers' Asheville office.
Plantar Fasciitis: A Common Cause
In many cases of heel pain, the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation and flattening of the ligament that connects the toe to the heel. When you allow your foot to roll inward too much when you’re taking a step, it can put too much tension on the plantar fascia ligament. When this connective tissue is inflamed, it causes pain and irritation of the heel bone. In some cases, patients develop heel spurs—tiny bone growths on the heel.
Other Causes of Heel Pain
Persistent heel pain could have other causes. Friction between the back of the heel and a tight shoe could cause painful calluses to form. The more the callus rubs against the shoe, the more discomfort the patient could feel when walking or jogging. A ruptured Achilles tendon, also called Achilles tendonitis, could also be the reason for your heel pain.
Heel Pain Treatment Options
You may have tried to resolve your heel pain problems with over the counter remedies, but the best course of action may be to see your Asheville podiatrist for professional treatment. These are some of the ways your foot doctor can help:
- Use of anti-inflammatory medication
- Exercises to stretch the ligaments and physical therapy
- Custom orthotic inserts
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy to stimulate healing
- Heel spur surgery or Achilles Tendonitis surgery
Heel Pain Relief
It’s not normal or healthy to go through your days experiencing unbearable heel pain. Call Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, today at 828-254-5371 or visit the website at https://www.blueridgefoot.com for treatment. We are led by Dr. Daniel Waldman, a board-certified podiatrist who is an expert in the latest minimal incision techniques, and teaches surgery nationally and internationally.
Corns take away from the aesthetic appeal of your feet and toes, and they can also become very painful. Talk to a foot doctor at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, today to understand the causes, symptoms, and treatment options available for corns on the feet. Dr. Daniel Waldman is board certified and also teaches surgery nationally and internationally including the latest Minimal incision.
Corn Causes and Symptoms
If you have ever walked around for long periods of time in shoes that were a little too tight or snug, chances are high that you have had an experience with at least one corn on your toes. Corns are caused by frequent and harsh friction between your toes and the inside of your shoes. They have a raised or rough appearance on the surface of the skin and are tender to the touch. Corns may blister, release fluid, or become red and inflamed.
Corn Treatment Options
Corns thicken over time and cause significant discomfort, but they can eventually disappear with time and treatment. These are some of the options you’ll discuss with your Asheville, NC podiatrist:
- Putting protective pads on the top of your toes before wearing shoes
- Excision of corns (removing them with a scalpel)
- Anti-inflammatory creams or serums to ease swelling and inflammation
- Treatment of foot deformities that could be causing corn formation (like bunions)
Stop Corns Before They Start to Form
The best thing you can do for your feet if you want to avoid corns in the future is to get quality, comfortable footwear. Instead of wearing shoes with pointed toes, get square-toed boots or heels with plenty of room at the front. Opt for flats over high heels whenever possible and always wear socks to protect your toes from the unnecessary friction inside of your shoes. Soak your feet to soften hardened corns and hasten the healing process.
Better Looking Feet
Corns can have a major impact on the appearance of your feet. Let a podiatrist at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, help make your toes look better. Call 828-254-5371 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Waldman, or visit https://www.blueridgefoot.com.
Don’t let a bunion lead to chronic foot pain. Learn how to manage your symptoms.
Do you find yourself rubbing a rather hard bony lump near your big toe? If so, then you might have a bunion. While anyone can develop bunions, women are more likely to develop this foot deformity. Blame genetics, or blame those high heels that you wear everyday to work; however, there are ways to prevent this problem from getting worse. From the office of our Asheville, NC, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman, discover some ways to reduce bunion pain and swelling.
How do I know that I have a bunion?
While a bunion can develop on just about any joint in the foot, it most often affects the big joint at the base of the big toe. Take a moment to examine your feet. Stand up straight and look at the curve and appearance of both feet. If you notice that one or both feet have a bony protrusion sticking out from the base of the big toe and that your big toe has started to lean in on the smaller toes then you could have the beginnings of a bunion.
Bunions, particularly early on, don’t always cause symptoms. This deformity develops gradually over time and can be exacerbated by wearing poorly fitted shoes or high heels, which put unnecessary pressure on the joint. If you are starting to experience inflammation or pain in that area, particularly when walking around then it’s time to visit your Asheville, NC, foot doctor to find out whether it’s the result of a bunion or if something else is going on.
How do I treat a bunion?
Since this deformity is progressive the goal for treatment is to prevent the bunion from getting worse. The only way to get rid of a bunion is through surgery; however, surgery is usually the very last treatment option to consider and is only recommended when other treatment options have failed to provide relief. But you’ll be happy to know that bunions can easily be managed with simple, everyday measures such as:
- Wearing supportive, properly fitted shoes
- Applying a protective non-medicated pad over the bunion before wearing shoes
- Wearing a splint, which can realign the foot and take pressure off the bunion
- Placing custom orthotics into your shoes for further support and stabilization
Do you want to know whether your foot problems could be the result of a bunion? Want to learn more about the ways we can help you manage your bunion symptoms? Then it’s the perfect time to turn to Dr. Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC. Dr. Waldman is board certified and also teaches surgery nationally and internationally including the latest Minimal incision. Call our office today at 828-254-5371 or visit https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.
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.
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