Understanding The Benefits Of Visiting A Podiatrist

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Treating Heel Pain At Home

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Treating Heel Pain At Home

Do you find yourself frequently suffering from heel pain? It’s a common condition that can be caused by a multitude of things, such as walking on hard surfaces too much or wearing shoes that are worn down. A visit to the podiatrist will help determine the exact cause of your heel pain so that it can be treated properly, but until you can get an appointment you can try some of these home remedies to provide you with temporary pain relief. Exercising and Stretching Exercising and stretching the plantar fascia ligament and the Achilles tendon increases their strength and flexibility so that they are less likely to become sore. If you already have pain in your heel, stretching and exercising helps loosen the ligaments and tendons to relieve your pain. You can exercise the muscles and ligaments in the soles of your feet by picking up small objects with your toes. Sit in a chair. Place a mug on the floor in front of your feet, within reach. Scatter small pebbles or marbles on the floor around the mug. One by one, pick the objects up with your toes and place them in the cup. Repeat the exercise with your other foot. As the exercise becomes easy, you should consider increasing the frequency and length in which you complete it. To stretch the ligaments and tendons in your feet: Stand up facing the wall. Lean forward, placing your hands against the wall to hold your weight. Step back with one foot, keeping your leg straight at the knee, and place the foot flat on the floor. You should feel stretching in your heel and calf. Hold the position for 30 seconds. Repeat with the other foot. As the stretching exercise becomes easier, increase the number of repetitions you do and the length of each repetition. Ice and Massage Icing and massaging your feet is a great way to relieve heel pain at the end of the day. Place ice packs on the soles of your feet for 15 minutes. Remove the ice packs and use your thumbs to massage the sore area across the width of your foot for two minutes to increase the blood flow in the area. Repeat the process as needed. Alternatively, you can place a frozen bottle of water or a frozen golf ball between your foot and the floor and roll it back and forth. This will massage and ice the painful area at simultaneously. Home remedies will give you temporary pain relief, but to get rid of your heel pain permanently, you need to treat the problem causing the pain. So, you should consider making an appointment with a podiatrist (like those at Gibbs Foot & Ankle Clinics) to discuss your heel...

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4 Things Pregnant Women Need To Know About Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things Pregnant Women Need To Know About Plantar Fasciitis

Pregnancy can lead to complications throughout your body, and your feet are no exception. During pregnancy, you can develop a variety of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis. Here are three things you need to know about plantar fasciitis. What is plantar fasciitis? Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bones to your toe bones. This tissue is very important: not only does it hold up the arches in your feet, it also acts like a spring and helps you propel yourself forwards when you walk or run. Plantar fasciitis is the disorder that occurs when this important tissue develops tears or starts to break down. Inflammation in the tissue can also play a role. What are the signs? If you develop plantar fasciitis, you’ll feel pain on the underside of your foot, along your arch. You may also feel pain in your heel, where the plantar fascia connects to the heel bone. How does pregnancy cause plantar fasciitis? Pregnancy puts a lot of stress on your feet. Gaining weight quickly puts extra pressure on your feet, which can strain your plantar fascia. Pregnancy can also lead to changes in your gait (walking style) which can change the way your foot functions and damage the plantar fascia. Your hormones also play a role in the development of plantar fasciitis. When you’re pregnant, your body makes relaxin, a hormone that relaxes the ligaments in your pelvis. This hormone also affects other ligaments in your body, like your plantar fascia. Your relaxed plantar fascia can then become damaged. How is it treated? Usually, plantar fasciitis that is caused by pregnancy goes away after you have your baby, but not always. In the meantime, your podiatrist can offer many treatments to help you manage the symptoms. Your podiatrist may recommend taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but if you don’t want to take them during your pregnancy, other treatments are available. Therapies such as physical therapy may help your symptoms. During physical therapy, you will learn how to stretch your plantar fascia as well as how to strengthen the muscles in your lower legs that help to stabilize your heels. In addition to physical therapy, your podiatrist may tell you to wear a splint to stretch the arch of your foot while you sleep. Orthotics (shoe inserts) can also be helpful. Orthotics work by evenly disturbing pressure along the bottoms of your feet to take the strain off your plantar fascia. If you’re pregnant and suffering from foot pain, you may have plantar fasciitis and should see a podiatrist like North Hill Foot & Ankle Clinic foot...

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Overly Frustrated With Your Over Pronation? Your Podiatrist Can Help!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Overly Frustrated With Your Over Pronation? Your Podiatrist Can Help!

If you suffer from foot pain due to rolling your feet inwards, also known as over pronation, your first instinct may be to try to handle the issue yourself using over-the-counter orthotic devices. Such devices are typically designed to slide into your shoes, where they provide extra arch support. The main problem with over-the-counter orthotic devices is that they are made to fit a large range of feet, and thus are unlikely to fit your feet precisely enough to help with over pronation. This can result in the orthotics sliding, shifting, and failing to give you the relief you need. Keep reading to find out about two types of orthotics that the podiatrist clinic in your area can provide for help with over pronation. Heat Molded Orthotics Heat molded orthotics are made out of Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA,) the same material that many over-the-counter orthotic devices are made from. The heat molded orthotics are different because they are customized by heating, which allows for precise molding. During the heating process, the podiatrist will heat the orthotic by applying a special heat gun to the bottom of the device. Heat molded orthotics have a thermal indicator that tells the podiatrist when it has reached the proper temperature for molding. The patient will then stand on the orthotic while the podiatrist molds it to their foot measurements. Plastic Orthotics Most cases of over pronation can be corrected with the cheaper heat molded orthotics, however if your over pronation has been untreated for years you may need custom plastic orthotics to provide sufficient pain relief. Plastic orthotics are created via plaster casting. The podiatrist will create a plaster negative cast of the foot, which is then sent to a custom orthotics lab. At the lab, the mold will be used to make an exact replica of the bottom part of the foot. With this replica, the orthotics lab will make a rigid plastic device that is designed to slip in the shoe. A custom plastic orthotic device can provide a higher degree of correction than heat molded orthotics can, but this type of device is not as comfortable for the patient and is thus reserved for cases of extreme foot problems. Your podiatrist is your best friend when it comes to over pronation foot pain. Trying to treat it yourself won’t likely correct the issue, but if you get personalized orthotic help, from a professional podiatrist like Dr. Russell Newsom, now you can be walking pain-free very...

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