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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.
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.
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.