Posts for: April, 2020
The arches of the feet play a role in supporting your body’s weight when standing or in motion. The tarsal and metatarsal bones make up the arches of the feet, also receiving additional support and stability from tendons and ligaments; however, our feet, like the rest of our body, can be affected by infections, disorders, and structural changes that can impact not only the health of our feet but also our mobility. It’s important to recognize the warning signs of arch problems so you know when you to see a podiatrist.
Arch Pain Causes
If you are dealing with arch pain it is most likely caused by an injury or by structural abnormalities in the foot. For example, those with very high arches as well as those with flat feet may experience arch problems due to these common structural issues.
As a result, there are other factors that could also lead to further arch problems including:
- Being overweight or obese
- Plantar fasciitis
- Cavus foot
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
It’s important to understand a little bit more about these common foot disorders and how they could affect the arches of your feet.
This condition that causes inflammation and microtears in the plantar fascia is also the most common cause of heel pain. Of course, because the plantar fascia (a ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone) also supports the arches of the feet this can also lead to arch pain. This condition is usually the result of overuse and is seen most often in runners. If you have plantar fasciitis it’s important to avoid physical activities until the fascia has fully healed.
This condition, which affects the structure of the foot, leads to excessively high arches. People who’ve had a stroke, as well as people with certain conditions such as cerebral palsy may be more likely to develop cavus foot. This problem causes arch pain when standing or walking and can increase the risk for ankle injuries. Your podiatrist may choose to treat cavus foot through custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts), bracing, or by recommending specialized and supportive footwear.
Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
The posterior tibial tendon runs from the calf muscles to the inner portion of the foot. This condition leads to changes in the tendon, which in turn affects its ability to support the arches of the foot. Flat feet can be caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, and this is often the cause of flat feet that develop in adulthood. Like the other conditions above, treatment for PTTD usually involves bracing, orthotics, or providing custom devices that provide additional support to the arches of the feet.
If you are experiencing foot pain, swelling or other problems that affect mobility then it’s time that you turned to a podiatrist for care. Conditions and injuries that don’t respond to rest and at-home care may require more advanced treatments and therapies.
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.
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the feet that is typically characterized by itchy, burning patches of skin between the toes that may also crack or bleed. Since untreated athlete’s foot can spread to the toenails, it’s particularly important that you treat this problem as soon as you notice it. Athlete’s foot won’t typically clear up by itself; however, home remedies and treatments may be all you need to eliminate the fungal infection.
Treating Athlete’s Foot
If you are an otherwise healthy individual who is just dealing with an unfortunate bout of athlete’s foot chances are pretty good that you’ll be able to treat the problem on your own. There are a variety of over-the-counter antifungal creams and ointments that can be applied directly to the skin. Make sure to read and follow all instructions to ensure that the medication gets rid of the infection.
Along with properly treating your athlete’s foot it’s also important to keep feet as dry as possible. After all, fungus thrives best in warm, damp environments. By keeping feet dry you make it a less hospitable environment for this infection. This means wearing clean socks and shoes every day. Opt for socks with natural fibers, which are breathable and can wick away sweat. If your feet are particularly sweaty you can also apply an antifungal powder throughout the day.
When to See a Podiatrist
If you find that cracked, painful feet are making it difficult to stand or move around then this means it’s time to see a podiatrist for treatment; however, if the fungal infection isn’t impacting mobility then you may be able to treat the problem on your own with over-the-counter medications.
If you notice signs of an infection such as a swollen foot, pus draining from the foot, increased redness, or open sores it’s also important that you see a doctor right away. Antibiotics will be necessary in order to treat the infection.
If you are dealing with diabetes, nerve damage in your feet or other problems that impact the health of your feet it’s even more important that you see a podiatrist right away if you notice symptoms of athlete’s foot or other problems. Do not try to treat the infection on your own, as this could lead to more serious complications.
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring athlete’s foot it’s important that you also have a podiatrist that you can turn to for answers. While this condition may seem harmless it’s important that you don’t leave it untreated. A podiatrist can provide you with the treatment you’re looking for.