Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Athletes employ various tactics to shield themselves from the discomfort of plantar fasciitis, a common ailment among active individuals. Proper footwear selection plays a pivotal role, with athletes opting for supportive shoes that offer ample cushioning and stability. Additionally, incorporating stretching and strengthening exercises into their routine helps maintain flexibility and strength in the muscles and ligaments of the feet and lower legs, reducing the risk of strain and injury. Gradual progression in training intensity and duration also proves beneficial, allowing the body to adapt gradually to increased demands and minimizing the likelihood of overuse injuries like plantar fasciitis. Podiatrists may prescribe orthotic inserts or arch supports that can provide additional support and alignment for the feet. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with this type of doctor who can treat plantar fasciitis, and provide effective preventive solutions.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dan Kirk, DPM from Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bluffton and Celina, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

A bunion is a bony protrusion at the base of the big toe that can cause significant discomfort and affect daily activities. Luckily, there are various bunion treatment options available to alleviate symptoms and restore foot function. For mild to moderate cases, nonsurgical approaches include wearing wider shoes with supportive soles, using bunion shields and pads, and taking anti-inflammatory medications. Night splints and toe separators may also help correct toe alignment and stretch tight soft tissues. Custom orthotics can address foot mechanics and prevent further progression of the deformity. When conservative measures fail to bring relief, surgical intervention may be necessary. Bunion surgery, or bunionectomy, aims to correct the misalignment of the big toe joint and remove bony growths. This type of surgery is not without risks and may not always be successful. Therefore, early recognition, accurate diagnosis, and appropriate treatment are a must. A podiatrist can help to develop a personalized treatment plan that is best tailored to your needs. If you are struggling with persistent bunion pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dan Kirk, DPM of Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bluffton and Celina, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 03 May 2024 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Plantar warts are common skin growths that appear on the soles of the feet. They are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. These warts are often rough and spongy, and can be painful when pressure is applied while walking or standing. Plantar warts can be treated using a range of methods, depending on their size and severity. Salicylic acid, which gradually peels away the infected skin, may be used for mild cases. For more stubborn warts, a podiatrist may recommend cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and kill the wart tissue. Another effective method is laser treatment, where concentrated beams of light are used to destroy the wart. In some cases, minor surgical procedures might be necessary to remove the wart. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, are trained in the treatment of plantar warts. If you have plantar warts, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with this type of doctor for effective solutions. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dan Kirk, DPM from Bluffton Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Bluffton and Celina, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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