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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 are suffering with bunions, there are treatments that can help. Throughout the day, bunions can rub against the inside of your shoes and become inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. The good news is you do not have to endure bunion pain or discomfort. A podiatrist can recommend the right bunion treatment for you. At Blue Ridge Foot Centers, Dr. Daniel Waldman is your podiatrist for the treatment of bunions in Asheville, NC.
How Bunions Develop
Bunions are likely to develop when the joint connecting the big toe to the base of the foot slips out of place. When the joint is out of place it causes the big toe to shift toward the other toes, pushing the bone near the toe joint outward. The protruding bone on the side of the foot forms a bunion. The inflammation and irritation caused by the friction from bunions rubbing against the inside of the shoes often leads to discomfort and pain.
Several options exist for the treatment of bunions. Some treatments alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by bunions, while other treatments correct the positioning of the toe joint. In Asheville, bunion treatment is available at Blue Ridge Foot Centers where Dr. Waldman can recommend an optimal treatment approach for you. Available bunion treatments include:
- Wearing protective padding to cushion the foot and reduce friction
- Performing foot exercises to improve joint functioning
- Wearing orthotic shoe inserts to stabilize the toe joint
- Wearing a splint at night to realign the toe joint
- Removal of corns and calluses on the foot
- Surgical removal of bunions
Wearing shoes that fit properly and have plenty of room so the toes and feet are not squished can also help by minimizing the friction and rubbing that causes inflammation and irritation. Bunions do not go away on their own so it is important to seek treatment from a medical professional, such as a podiatrist.
You do not have to continue struggling with the pain and discomfort of bunions. Many treatment options are available and a podiatrist can help determine which bunion treatment is right for you. To the treatment of bunions in Asheville, schedule an appointment with Dr. Waldman, a board-certified podiatrist who is an expert in the latest minimal incision techniques and teaches surgery nationally and internationally, by calling Blue Ridge Foot Centers at (828) 254-5371 and visiting our website at blueridgefoot.com. Dr. Waldman is board-certified and also teaches other foot surgeons from around the world on the latest minimal incision surgery techniques at medical conferences.
How your podiatrist in Asheville, North Carolina can help your feet feel better
Corns are a common, and often very painful, foot problem. Smaller than calluses, corns are surrounded by inflamed tissue, making it difficult and painful to put on shoes. Luckily, Dr. Daniel L. Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, North Carolina, offers a full range of foot care services including treatment for painful corns.
More about Corns
Corns develop from the friction and pressure put on your feet and toes. They develop in both non-weight bearing and weight bearing areas including the tops and sides of your toes and in between your toes. According to the Mayo Clinic, corns often have signs and symptoms such as:
- Tenderness underneath your skin
- Thickened, rough skin
- An elevated hard bump
The best treatment for corns is to prevent them from developing. Always wear shoes with enough room for your toes, to prevent friction or pressure on your feet and toes. You can also use padding inside your shoes to cushion your toes and feet.
If you develop corns, try a few simple home remedies like these:
- Soaking your feet in warm water to soften corns
- Rub corns gently with a pumice stone to remove layers of hardened skin
- Apply cream or lotion to keep the skin on your feet moisturized and soft
Always seek out the help of your podiatrist if you are diabetic and develop corns or other foot problems. Diabetes affects your ability to heal, so even the smallest foot issue can lead to a more serious injury or infection.
At Blue Ridge Foot Centers, Dr. Waldman offers several effective treatment options to get rid of corns. He may suggest:
- Shaving excess skin to reduce friction
- Prescription corn-removing medication
- Custom-fit orthotics or inserts
- Surgery if the corn is caused by friction due to bone alignment issues
For more information on Corns, visit our website: blueridgefoot.com
Need Relief? Give Us a Call!
You and your feet deserve to live your life free of painful corns. To learn more about corn treatment and other podiatry services, call Dr. Daniel L. Waldman's Asheville office today at (828) 254-5371! Dr. Waldman is a board certified physician that teaches the latest minimal incision techniques on both national and international stages—contact his office to see how he can help you!
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.