Posts for: June, 2019
Between daily walking, jogging, and standing at our jobs, our feet can take quite a beating day in and day out. However, even the most resilient feet can reach a breaking point. Accordingly, if you have been dealing with heel pain, it’s important to know what’s going on and when it’s time to visit our Denver podiatrists, Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick, in order to avoid making a foot condition worse.
What is causing my heel pain?
There are several conditions that could be to blame for your heel pain. The most common causes include,
- Plantar fasciitis (caused by overuse)
- Achilles tendonitis (caused by overuse)
- Sprains and strains
- Heel spurs
- Reactive arthritis
Heel pain can be the result of inflammation due to overworked/overstretched ligaments or tendons in the foot, as is the case with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Sports and work-related injuries can also lead to strains, sprains, and fractures, all of which result in heel pain. Long-term conditions, such as arthritis, can often make heel pain and stiffness worsen over time, as well.
When should I see a doctor?
While minor heel pain may go away on its own with simple at-home care such as resting, icing, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers, it’s important that you seek proper medical attention from our Denver foot doctors if your symptoms are severe enough to affect your daily routine or if symptoms aren’t responding to conservative treatment options.
If you’ve never had heel pain before, it’s also a good idea to come into our office so that we can make a definitive diagnosis so that you can get the treatment you need to heal properly.
How is heel pain treated?
As we mentioned earlier, minor inflammatory conditions can usually be managed with simple at-home care. If this doesn’t work, your podiatrist may recommend bracing or wrapping the foot to improve ankle support. Ultrasound, shockwave therapy, or corticosteroid injections may be recommended to ease chronic inflammatory forms of heel pain.
Fractures or severe injuries may also require physical therapy or a protective boot. Chronic conditions such as arthritis will require more long-term monitoring, as well as medications and lifestyle modifications that can slow the progression of the disease and prevent long-term damage to the joints of the foot and ankle.
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring heel pain, call Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, today to schedule an appointment. Our number is (303) 355-1695.
While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems. While flat feet is rarely considered a serious issue, if you are dealing with problems as a result of your flat feet it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist who can offer up ways to prevent problems.
How to tell if you have flat feet
If the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand then you have flat feet. The arches of our feet don’t actually develop until around the age of six; however, sometimes flat feet develop due to injury or repeated stress on the feet.
Symptoms of flat feet
The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain that originates in the heels and arches. You may find that the pain gets worse when standing or moving for long periods of time. Those who are physically active may experience pain more regularly. Sometime swelling on the inside of the foot or ankle may also occur.
Potential complications of flat feet
Since flat feet can be responsible for misalignments, this can lead to ankle and knee problems. If you are noticing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain then you will want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.
Treating flat feet
If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t require any treatment for your flat feet. While we can’t fix flat feet our podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort associated with faulty biomechanics within the feet. Common ways to prevent flat foot-related pain include:
- Using arch supports in your shoes, which can take pressure off the arches and provide cushioning and support when standing or moving.
- Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist. There are specific exercises designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to alleviate and prevent foot pain.
- Wearing the appropriate footwear that provides further arch support. Shoes that are old and worn, as well as certain styles such as sandals or flip-flops won’t provide your feet with the proper support they need.
- Undergoing physical therapy if you are dealing with foot pain due to overuse injuries, which is common among athletes. Physical therapy can help strengthen certain ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet and ankles to prevent excessive wear and tear, as well as pain and soreness in the arches and heels.
If you are dealing with pain due to flat feet and can’t seem to get your discomfort under control then you will want to talk with a podiatrist who can recommend certain exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics to improve the health of your feet. Talk to a podiatrist today.
Diabetic feet need special care because of decreased circulation, neuropathy, joint deterioration, and more. While your primary care physician may guide you on blood sugar control, medications, a healthy diet, and active lifestyle, your podiatrist assesses and treats how your feet and ankles function everyday and for the long term. Enlist their help in the health maintenance of your diabetic feet.
Keeping ahead of neuropathy and avoiding amputation
Those are two key goals of diabetic foot care. Your podiatrist will want to see you regularly to assess the color, temperature, sensation, function, and shape of your feet and ankles, noting any developing problems. Early detection of circulation issues, nerve degeneration (neuropathy), and deformities, such as hammertoes, bunions, and Charcot Foot, are key.
Your podiatric foot examination will include an eye-on inspection of your skin (color, temperature, texture, and integrity). Your foot doctor also may perform gait analysis to watch for changes in how you walk. Sometimes a podiatrist orders X-ray imaging or an MRI to view the internal structure of the foot and/or ankle.
Remember, that foot ulcers are the primary threat to the overall health and well-being of the diabetic, says the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Untreated, they may lead to complications so severe amputation is the only option.
What can you do to treat your diabetic feet?
- Be proactive. Inspect your feet daily, looking redness or skin breakdown.
- Wash and dry your feet daily.
- Trim your toenails carefully using a clean clippers. Trim straight across and not too short to avoid ingrown toenails.
- Wear shoes at all times--even indoors--to avoid injury.
- Wear clean, well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks.
- Keep your weight and blood sugars within normal range.
- Get in-office treatment of calluses and corns, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
- Avoid all forms of tobacco.
- Report any changes to your foot doctor as soon as possible.
- See your podiatrist every six months or as he or she directs.
Healthy feet and a healthy you
Podiatric health is so important, but especially to the diabetic. So stay in touch with your foot doctor, and be routinized in your foot care for better long-term health.