Posts for: July, 2018
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.