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By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
August 16, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: foot pain  

If you’re dealing with foot pain, it can hinder your ability to enjoy your favorite activities and even just function on a normal day. There are many conditions that can affect your feet and cause pain, so it’s important to talk to your doctor to figure out exactly what is affecting you. Once you figure out the cause of your foot pain, your doctor can determine the best form of treatment to help you feel comfortable and free of pain and irritation. Dr. Daniel Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, can explain the common causes of foot pain and what could be affecting you.

Common Causes of Foot Pain

When you’re dealing with foot pain, your podiatrist in Asheville, NC, can help you determine what’s causing your pain and go through the common causes of foot pain. Once you find out what the cause of your pain is, you’ll be able to start treatment and ease your pain as soon as possible.

Common causes of foot pain include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Heel spurs
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Neuromas
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Shin splints
  • Stress fractures

Your doctor will analyze your symptoms and find out what condition lines up with your symptoms. They may also need to take x-rays or do other tests to determine what condition you have. Some will be easy to diagnose, such as bunions, hammertoes, or ingrown toenails. Conditions can be caused by different reasons and some could be prevented if the warning signs are spotted early. Depending on the condition you’re dealing with, surgery might be needed to treat pain.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today

Find out what could be causing your foot pain! Contact Dr. Daniel Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, to learn about common causes of foot pain and how it can be treated. Call for more information and to schedule your appointment today at (828) 254-5371.

By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
July 13, 2022
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatrist  

Find out what our Asheville, NC, podiatry team can do for you and your foot health.

A podiatrist might not be someone you turn to regularly for checkups or care like a dentist or a primary care doctor, but that doesn’t make them any less valuable part of your medical care team. These are only some of the top reasons for turning to our Asheville, NC, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman for care,

You Have Diabetes

Whether you've recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have been managing your condition for a while now, you know just how important it is to maintain healthy blood sugar levels to maintain healthy feet. Diabetes can put you at risk for ulcers, and infections, and it’s essential that you have a podiatrist that you can turn to for routine checkups and form immediate care when even calluses, redness, or discomfort affect the health of your feet.

You’re Dealing with Persistent or Severe Heel Pain

From bone spurs to plantar fasciitis, there are many reasons why people deal with heel pain. Not only can we provide a swift diagnosis, but we also provide advanced treatment options and technologies that can target and treat heel pain quickly. Suppose you are dealing with severe or chronic heel pain. In that case, we offer steroid injections, ultrasound technology, custom orthotics, splinting, and shockwave therapy to treat more stubborn and severe forms of heel pain that don’t respond to home care.

You’re Dealing with Plantar Warts

Did you know that warts can develop on the soles of your feet? Painful, skin-colored, grainy bumps on your feet could be a sign of plantar warts. Since plantar warts can cause significant pain and impact mobility, you may want to turn to a podiatrist for relief. Our Asheville, NC, podiatrist Dr. Waldman offers the Swift wart removal system, a state-of-the-art technology that removes warts and even treats the HPV infection responsible for warts.

Why You Should Turn to Dr. Waldman…

We know that when it comes to finding the right podiatrist, the choice is a very personal one. If you’ve discovered our Asheville, NC, practice—welcome! Dr. Waldman is a board-certified podiatrist that provides the latest techniques and foot and ankle surgery in the area and lectures on the most advanced and proper surgical practices with students from across the state and around the globe.

Do you need to schedule an appointment with our Asheville, NC, podiatrist Dr. Waldman? If so, you can easily schedule an appointment with Blue Ridge Foot Centers by calling (828) 254-5371 or visiting our website: https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.

By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
April 12, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corns  

Corns can make getting around a difficult task, making every step an arduous and painful experience. It's unfortunate also that those who spend lots of time on their feet are the most likely to develop the condition. There are certainly ways to prevent corns from forming and they can also be safely treated, either over the counter or by your Asheville, NC, podiatrist. But it's usually advised to see help from a professional, especially if you have recurring foot problems or suffer from a chronic condition. So to learn more you can reach out to Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers.

What Causes Corns

Skin becomes hardened as it experiences friction and pressure against the sides of your shoes. But it's not just tough skin, as it can become painful with repeated rubbing, leaving it very sensitive to touch.

One of the most common causes is shoes that fit too tightly and create this friction. Carrying around extra weight as well as being on your feet for very long periods of time also contribute to the condition.

At-Home Treatment and Prevention

You can often prevent corns from developing by wearing shoes that don't crowd your toes or are too tight, it's typically advised to get rid of them.

You can use over-the-counter corn pads to relieve pressure and allow them to heal.

If you are very careful you can, over time, practice soaking your feet often until the corn has softened. Once it's soft and it isn't painful you can use a pumice stone to very gently rub it to diminish it slowly. But this isn't recommended for everybody.

Corns Treatment in Asheville, NC

If you suffer from diabetes and are struggling with corns or any other foot-related injury your first stop should be your podiatrist's office. The same is true when the corn is very painful or shows no improvement after at-home care. Your doctor can prescribe a personalized treatment and may cut away layers of hardened skin over a few appointments with a scalpel, something that should definitely not be tried at home.

Find relief for your corns in Asheville, NC, by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers by dialing (828) 254-5371. Dr. Waldman is board certified and also teaches surgery nationally and internationally including the latest Minimal incision. You can also visit their website at https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.

By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
March 17, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a condition that can cause significant pain in the bottom of your foot or heel. Your feet bear the most load and provide most of the support that allows you to comfortably stand, walk, and run. It is critical to take good care of your feet. Treat plantar fasciitis in Asheville, NC with Dr. Daniel Waldman from Blue Ridge Foot Centers.

What are the causes and symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs from your heel to your forefoot on the sole of your foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. Most commonly, it is seen in people who spend significant time on their feet, either at work, sport, or exercise such as running. Frequent and repetitive pounding on hard surfaces is a common offender that can lead to plantar fasciitis. Also, it is common in overweight individuals due to the excess stress being placed on their feet. Some symptoms of plantar fasciitis are:

  • A hallmark symptom of PF is acute pain when taking your first step out of bed in the morning.
  • Heel pain
  • Pain in the bottom of your foot or your heel when you take a step after sitting for a while
  • Swelling in the heel
  • Pain that shows up after a bout of exercise rather than during

What are some treatments for this condition?

A key to managing plantar fasciitis is to keep the plantar fascia stretched out. Some recommendations from podiatrists are:

  • Before getting out of bed and taking your first step, stretch your calf and foot. Place a belt or towel next to your bed. After you wake up and before getting out of bed, wrap the towel or belt around the top of your foot while keeping your knee straight, and pull back. Hold this stretch for 15-20 seconds, then release the stretch and repeat it 5 times.
  • Strengthening and stretching exercises targeted at the foot and ankle complex are key. Dr. Waldman can show these to you or recommend a physical therapist in Asheville, NC for plantar fasciitis treatment.
  • Wearing more supportive shoes
  • Donning a splint at night to keep the fascia in a stretched position
  • Custom orthotics
  • Ibuprofen or other NSAIDS may help with pain and swelling
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoidance of aggravating activities

Sometimes, you will need more involved treatment from your podiatrist, such as cortisone injections in the plantar fascia to aid the healing process. Surgery is very rarely recommended to treat plantar fasciitis.

Contact us for more information

This condition is very treatable and the sooner you address it, the better. Treat your plantar fasciitis in Asheville, NC with Dr. Waldman from Blue Ridge Foot Centers by scheduling a consultation with us by calling (828) 254-5371. Dr. Waldman is board certified and also teaches surgery nationally and internationally including the latest Minimal incision. You can also visit their website at https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.

By Blue Ridge Foot Centers
January 20, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: bunions  

Bunions, when left untreated, will most likely continue to grow and get worse, further causing you pain and interfering with your ability to enjoy life. As soon as you notice that a bunion is beginning to develop on your foot, you should see a podiatrist. Treating bunions in Asheville, NC is a common condition that Dr. Daniel Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers sees.

What is a bunion?

A bunion, known medically as hallux valgus, is a bony protrusion that is located on the inside of your foot, at the junction where the big toe meets the rest of the foot. They range in severity from a mild nuisance to a condition that causes you severe pain. Sometimes, with the late-stage progression of a bunion, your big toe may be displaced and lay on top of your second toe. This is due to abnormal growth of the toe joint causing a mechanical disruption to the structure of the big toe joint. This is known as crossover toe.

Bunions are generally easy to diagnose due to the physical abnormality of the foot. But, a proper diagnosis from a podiatrist is vital. This may involve the order of x-rays, MRIs, or other imaging techniques to make sure that all bones and soft tissues have not been compromised.

What can happen if a bunion is left untreated?

Addressing bunions ASAP is critical. If you don't, it will continue to grow and get bigger. You want to stop it in its tracks, and prevent it from worsening. Often, people wait to seek treatment for a bunion until the only option for treatment is corrective surgery. But there are a few things that you can do in an attempt to not allow your bunion to progress to this point. The goal is to reduce pressure on the toe joint.

Friction on the bone will stimulate it, leading to continued growth. Some measures that you can take that Dr. Waldman recommends for the management of bunions in Asheville, NC are:

  • Wearing proper-fitting shoes. Avoid high heels and pointy-toed shoes which put excessive pressure on the toes
  • Shoes should be roomy in the front, allowing ample space for your toes.
  • Getting custom orthotics for your shoes
  • Shop for new shoes in the evening and have your feet measured each time you go shoe shopping. Your feet will swell and be a slightly larger size in the evening, so any shoe that you buy needs to comfortably accommodate this. Also, as we age, our arches tend to fall and our feet become flatter. So, you may need to go up in the size of shoe that you have been wearing all your life.

Contact us

Seek consultation with our podiatrist, Dr. Waldman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers regarding guidance on the best path forward for treating bunions in Asheville, NC by calling (828) 254-5371. You can also visit his website at https://www.blueridgefoot.com. Dr. Waldman is board-certified and also teaches surgery nationally and internationally, including the latest developments in the minimal incision. 





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