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Our feet and ankles are prone to a number of problems at different stages of life. Below is a list of common foot and ankle problems. With each issue, you can find quick advice for finding relief from your ailment, and if you experience any of the following conditions, contact your podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options.
A bunion is a painful enlargement at the joint of the big toe. An important part of treatment is to wear shoes that conform to the shape of your foot and do not cause pressure areas. By doing this, you can often alleviate your pain. However, severe cases can be disabling. Visit your podiatrist for further treatment options if the change in shoes does not provide relief.
Heel pain is extremely common and can often begin without injury. You will often feel pain under the heel while standing or walking, with symptoms at their worst when first arising out of bed. Most cases will improve on their own. Heel stretching, medication to reduce swelling of the soft tissues of the foot and orthotics can all be helpful in providing relief from your heel pain. For prolonged and troubling cases, visit your podiatrist for further treatment.
Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses are caused by pressure on the skin of your foot. Treatment involves relieving the pressure on the skin, usually by modifying the shoe. Pads to relieve the bony pressure are helpful, but they must be positioned carefully. A visit to your podiatrist will help in the treatment planning.
Plantar warts occur on the sole of the foot and look like calluses. They result from an infection by a specific virus and are like other warts, but they grow inward. Plantar warts are difficult to treat, but success has been achieved with repeated applications of salicylic acid to soften the overlying callus and expose the virus. Other treatments include injecting the warts with medication, freezing them with liquid nitrogen and, very rarely, surgery. Your podiatrist can create the best treatment plan for your plantar warts.
Flat feet are common and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat foot is a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of their feet. Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve or arch. When this occurs your feet can turn inward, causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your podiatrist, however, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.
If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot. You may develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result. The lack of shock absorption in the foot can cause shin splints. Bunions and hammertoes may also result.
When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs. Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance. When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs and, often, pain in the knees.
Treatment for Flat Feet
To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your fallen arches normally would. If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. Visit our office for a consultation!