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Painful with every step you take. You never thought your feet would feel so bad, but plantar fasciitis has impacted your life. At AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, VA, Dr. Jesse Anderson eases plantar fasciitis symptoms with orthotics and other common sense interventions. You can feel better and forget about foot pain.
Simply put, this acquired podiatric condition is inflammatory, causing substantial discomfort, particularly first thing in the morning. Plantar fasciitis involves an overstretching of the connective tissue between the heel bone and base of the toes. At AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, Dr. Anderson listens carefully to patient's symptoms, does a simple exam and gait analysis and may take X-rays, too.
The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis centers on:
- Soreness across the bottom of the foot
- Improper gait (overpronation)
- Sharp pain in the heel or a general aching across the bottom of the foot
- Heel spurs (bony projections off the front of the calcaneus bone)
- Tingling and burning across the arch
Plantar fasciitis is caused by a number of factors including excess body weight, age, overuse and repetitive motion, tightened calf muscles, high arches and more. Typically, your causes are different from anyone else's, and as such, Dr. Anderson will customize a care plan specific to your needs and goals.
Easing your symptoms
Your treatment plan may include:
- Resting and elevating your feet
- Stretching your calf muscles first thing in the morning and through out the day
- Ice to the bottom of your feet to relieve inflammation
- Losing weight
- Wearing quality footwear with support in the arches
- Customized orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Over the counter analgesics or cortisone injections to relieve pain and inflammation
Customized orthotics from your Suffolk and Norfolk podiatrist provide support, protection and gait correction for aching feet. They are tailor-made to your foot structure and fit within your shoes exactly.
Soft orthotic materials are right for diabetics who may have co-existing sores or neuropathy Rigid materials, such as carbon graphite, protect deformities, and semi-rigid orthotics provide the balance and flexibility a runner or other athlete requires, explains the American Academy of Pediatric Sports Medicine.
Move and feel better
When you treat your feet to care from Dr. Jesse Anderson at AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, you'll manage your plantar fasciitis with orthotics and other sensible interventions which really work. Call us for a consultation, won't you? We have two locations to serve you. In Norfolk, VA, call (757) 625-2962. In Suffolk, phone us at (757) 539-2098.
At AAL Podiatry Associates in Norfolk and Suffolk, VA, Dr. Jesse Anderson often recommends orthotics to patients who suffer from foot problems such as plantar fasciitis, bursitis, and tendonitis, just to name a few. Additionally, if your muscles, joints, and ligaments aren't in proper working order, orthotics can eliminate irritation, aching, as well as fatigue, while improving their overall function. If you have mild-to-moderate symptoms that may benefit from these helpful devices, schedule a consultation at one of our offices to discuss the benefits further.
What are Foot Orthotics?
Orthotics refer to arch supports, insoles, and shoe inserts. They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials, and typically serve three primary purposes. Some intend to change foot function, while others aid in protection or merge the two characteristics. Some increase balance and alleviate pain and pressure, while others can correct an abnormal walking pattern. After assessing your condition during a consultation, your podiatrist will recommend which type he thinks is the best fit.
Which Orthotics Type Is Right for You?
Orthotics are customizable to fit your foot only, and the podiatrist can fabricate them from a variety of materials. To determine which type is appropriate for you, Dr. Anderson will physically examine the foot structure, observe your gait, and ask questions about your activity level during your initial visit to our Norfolk office or Suffolk location. Once deciding to move forward with orthotics, he may recommend one of the following to improve the biomechanics of your foot and ankle, as well as to provide added cushioning and support:
- Soft - crafted from soft, cushioning materials, and worn against the sole
- Rigid - usually composed of carbon fiber or plastic materials
- Semi-rigid - made up of soft layers and reinforced with more inflexible materials
Need Podiatric Relief? Give Us a Call
For more information about orthotics or any of the other services provided here at AAL Podiatry Associates, visit our website. For appointment scheduling in our Norfolk, VA, office, dial (757) 625-2962, and for our Suffolk location, dial (757) 539-2098.
Heel pain is a common foot problem that podiatrists often treat. Knowing the cause of your pain is important in determining the most effective treatment method. Even if the pain seems minor, it’s amazing how much it can affect your whole body, making it difficult to get out of bed let alone go on your regular run. If you are struggling with heel pain you might be dealing with a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The source of your pain may originate in the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your feet. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you may feel pain in your heel. Of course, everything from wearing high heels to long runs can actually irritate and cause inflammation within the plantar fascia. When this happens this is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition is usually the result of overuse and repeated stress rather than an injury.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain that originates at the bottom of the heel below the heel bone. The pain may spread to the arches of the feet and may also be accompanied by stiffness. These symptoms are often exacerbated first thing in the morning or after long bouts of sitting or standing. Sometimes, light activity and exercise can momentarily lessen the pain.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
If you know that you have plantar fasciitis (perhaps you’ve had it before) then you know it’s important to rest, avoid physical activity, and take over-the-counter pain relievers. Of course, if you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s important to see a podiatrist to find out whether it’s plantar fasciitis or another condition such as heel spurs or Achilles tendonitis. A thorough evaluation from a medical professional is often necessary, especially if this is the first time dealing with heel pain.
Your podiatrist can also show you stretching and strengthening exercises that you can perform to help stretch the plantar fascia to reduce pain and discomfort. Some patients also choose to wear a night splint to reduce morning stiffness and arch pain.
If your symptoms aren’t being alleviated through conservative treatment methods or if you are experiencing chronic heel pain your podiatrist may recommend surgery.
If you are dealing with stubborn and painful heels turn to a podiatrist for a consultation.
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that often affects blood flow to the legs due to narrowing of the arteries. PAD is caused by atherosclerosis, a serious condition in which fat deposits known as plaques build up in the arteries and eventually restrict or block blood flow.
If you have PAD you will most likely experience painful cramping, weakness or numbness in the legs, particularly during movement. You may also notice that the leg or foot is colder than the rest of your body. Sometimes persistent sores can develop that won’t heal. Your legs may also change color or the skin may appear shiny. While the pain will often go away at rest, if PAD is left untreated you may notice these symptoms even at rest. Sometimes symptoms can even be bad enough to affect your sleep.
While these symptoms can also be indicative of other conditions you should not ignore your symptoms, as undiagnosed PAD can lead to heart attack or stroke. This is why it’s important to see your podiatrist if you notice leg or foot numbness, weakness, tingling or pain.
You may be at an increased risk for peripheral artery disease if you:
- Are obese
- Have high cholesterol
- Have high blood pressure
- Have diabetes
- Are over age 65
- Have a family history of peripheral artery disease or stroke
Preventing Peripheral Artery Disease
Your podiatrist’s goal is to reduce your risk for peripheral artery disease, especially if you are at an increased risk. This involves implementing a variety of lifestyle changes. Some ways to prevent PAD include:
- Getting your diabetes under control
- Lowering your cholesterol
- Exercising regularly several times a week
- Quitting smoking
- Eating a healthy balanced diet and avoiding junk foods
- Losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight
Treating Peripheral Artery Disease
If you do end up developing PAD a podiatrist can be an instrumental part of your medical team to help you manage your symptoms and prevent complications. PAD treatments are designed to reduce symptoms such as leg pain while also stopping the buildup of fat deposits within the arteries.
Again, modifying your lifestyle can greatly improve your condition. The same lifestyle changes that prevent PAD can also treat PAD. Of course, lifestyle modifications alone won’t be enough to prevent atherosclerosis from progressing. Therefore, your podiatrist may also prescribe certain medications including cholesterol and blood pressure medications, diabetes medication, and medication that prevents blood clots. Sometimes surgery or angioplasty is recommended if there is a blockage within the arteries.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of PAD it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist right away for an evaluation.
Oddly enough, there are a lot of Old Wives Tales and folk remedies surrounding warts. Perhaps you’ve even heard of some one them; however, if you end up dealing with one or clusters of these hard, skin-colored bumps you may be wondering how you got them and how to treat them. If you develop warts, particularly on the soles of your feet, this is something that your podiatrist can help you treat.
What are plantar warts?
All warts are the result of a virus that invades the skin through cuts or tiny open wounds. Warts, especially on the feet, can be mistaken for a corn or callus; however, unlike corns or calluses that often go away in a couple of weeks, it can take years for a wart to go away. During this time, warts can also spread to other areas of the body including the hands and face.
How do I know that I have plantar warts?
If you’ve never had a wart before you may not be able to distinguish this growth from other common foot problems. This is where a podiatrist can help. A foot doctor can diagnose warts through a simple physical exam. Plantar warts can cause pain, particularly when standing or walking. Patients who have diabetes or circulation problems in their feet should seek immediate medical care if they develop warts or experience any changes in their feet.
How are plantar warts treated?
While warts can go away on their own this can usually take years for the body to fight off the viral infection. Since plantar warts can be uncomfortable or even painful many people turn to a podiatrist to treat warts. The type of treatment that your foot doctor will recommend will depend on the size, amount and location of the wart or warts. Common wart treatments include:
- Medication: a special acid-based medication (e.g. salicylic acid) is applied to the skin where the acid will break down the wart. Several applications may be required over the course of several weeks in order to get rid of the wart.
- Freezing: sometimes warts can be frozen off through a procedure known as cryotherapy
- Curettage: this is the surgical removal of a wart using a special scalpel (local anesthesia is applied to the area to numb it before treatment)
- Laser: laser treatment can also be used to breakdown and destroy the wart
It’s important to protect your feet from potential reinfection. If you are prone to developing plantar warts then talk with your podiatrist about measures you can take to keep your feet healthy and free from infection.