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Monday, 25 September 2017 00:00

Dealing With Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain, is a condition that many people suffer from. Among those who do are runners and athletes, those who are overweight, and people who have to stand for extended periods of time. While not life-threatening, it can cause substantial pain and discomfort to those who experience it. Thankfully, there are some things that you can do to help alleviate the pain. First, rest your feet and avoid overexerting them in any strenuous activities that may have led to the heel pain. Second, ice your feet and use anti-inflammatory medications prescribed or recommended by a podiatrist. Some podiatrists may suggest some form of relatively light physical therapy to strengthen the feet, however this is not always recommended. Maintaining a healthy weight can also reduce the stress on the feet that could have led to heel pain. Finally, be sure to wear comfortable shoes that have good cushioning and support.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Common among runners and other athletes, black or blue toenails are often a sign of damage to the nail. While typically not the most serious of injuries, they should be observed and treated to prevent them from worsening or not healing properly. Discoloration of the nail occurs from blood forming in the toe from trauma. When the nail has sustained enough damage, it may also fall off. While a new nail will develop, it is important to continue observing the toe because fungus or bacteria could grow. Seeing a podiatrist who can determine what is wrong with the toe so they can provide treatment options is recommended. Be sure to check your shoe size as well; making sure your shoes properly fit and provide support and space for your toes can help prevent damage to them in the first place.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals &  Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 11 September 2017 00:00

What a Diabetic Should Look for in Footwear

Diabetics are at an increased risk for serious foot injuries. Due to neuropathy, or nerve loss, diabetics may not realize that they have foot wounds. They also generally experience poor blood circulation; this means it’s harder for wounds to heal and makes infection more likely. Seeing a podiatrist before going shoe shopping is a great idea for diabetics, as he or she can also make custom recommendations. When you do go shopping, going later in the day is best as feet get larger throughout the day. If one foot is larger than the other, go with a size that provides enough space for the larger foot. A good pair of shoes should be soft and provide ample cushion and enough support. Make sure that there aren’t any seams in the shoes that can rub up against your feet, and ensure that the shoes provide space for the toes to wiggle. Finally, replace your shoes when they become worn out. Diabetes brings many challenges with it, but knowing how to take care of your feet can prevent potential harm.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Danita Reese from Family Foot Clinic, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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When it comes to choosing children’s footwear, children often favor style over comfort. This can cause a number of foot issues; children’s feet are still developing, and poorly fitted footwear can stymie growth. It is recommended to wear fitted shoes that not only offer some flexibility, but provide support and cushioning as well. The toes should have enough space to move around, and the foot shouldn’t be cramped. Too much space, however, is also bad and can lead to injury. Parents should keep an eye on their children’s feet; if they complain about foot pain, it may be wise to take them to a podiatrist. Fashion and style have their place in choosing footwear, but it shouldn’t be at the cost of healthy feet.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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