Is heel pain interfering with your ability to do even the simplest things? Fortunately, help is available. Woodstock, GA, podiatrist Dr. Bret Hintze of Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia explains what you can do to decrease your pain.
Stay off your feet
Rest seems like the obvious thing to do if you have heel pain, yet, too often, people try to continue their usual activities despite the pain. Trying to power through your symptoms will only extend the pain and may even lead to chronic pain. If your heel hurts, do your best to rest it as much as possible for the next week or two.
Control the pain
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and ice packs can be very helpful in reducing heel pain. Be sure to follow the 20-on, 20-off rule when you use ice packs. Apply the ice for 20 minutes, then remove it for at least 20 minutes before reapplying.
Check your shoes
Your shoes may be causing or contributing to your pain. The cushioning material in the soles of your shoes compresses over time. When this happens, the shoes no longer provide adequate support for your heels, which can increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis or other conditions. If you can't remember the last time you replaced your shoes, it's time for a trip to the store. Do you run or walk daily for exercise? You may need to replace your shoes as frequently as every three months.
Ask the foot doctor for help
A visit to the podiatrist is the next step if your heel pain doesn't ease or worsens. When you visit our Woodstock, GA, we'll ask you to describe your symptoms, perform a thorough examination and order diagnostic tests, if necessary. Based on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms, you may benefit from one or more of these treatments or devices:
- Corticosteroid injections to decrease pain or swelling
- A cast or boot to take the pressure off your heel while it heals
- Orthotics or heel cups to reposition and cushion your feet when you wear shoes
- Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen lower leg muscles
- Ultrasound or soundwave therapy to reduce pain, improve circulation and promote healing
- Surgery to treat conditions or injuries that don't respond to conservative measures
Put an end to heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor! Call Woodstock, GA, podiatrist Dr. Bret Hintze of Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia at (770) 999-0804 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia has experience when dealing with bunions and the pain affiliated with them, which is why he provides his patients with state-of-the-art care at their Woodstock, GA office.
They are the deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe. This deformity occurs due to the big toe moving out of place and the pain accompanied with it increases as the enlarged joint constant rubs against your footwear. As time goes by, the toe starts bending towards the rest of the toes, sometimes causing hallux valgus (overlapping of the other toes). When this occurs, the pressure and friction placed on and against the toe cause discomfort, irritation, and inflammation. Unfortunately, if bunions are not treated they can cause other problems, such as:
- Hallus Abducto Valgus (the big toe moves towards the second toe)
- The skin over the big toe becomes thicker and more tender
- Corns and Calluses
Causes of Bunions
Bunions manifest in 33 percent of Western countries, which makes them not uncommon, but here are a few reasons as to why they do occur: flat feet, foot injuries, neuromuscular problems and faulty foot structure
Your Woodstock podiatrist can help relieve your bunion pain using several techniques and methods:
- Your podiatrist may suggest wearing some protective padding, often made from felt material, to eliminate the friction against shoes and help alleviate inflammation and skin problems.
- Your podiatrist may opt to remove any corns and calluses developed.
- A good idea would be to wear shoes designed to accommodate the bunion.
- Orthotic devices, which can be over-the-counter or custom made, help support the joint and position the foot so walking and standing are done with more ease.
- There are certain exercises which may help prevent stiffness or arthritis.
- Splints are worn at night, predominantly by adolescence, to help the proper alignment of the toe and joint.
- If the previous non-invasive methods don't work, your podiatrist may advise surgical treatment, called bunionectomy.
Find out how your Woodstock, GA, podiatrist can help you with your bunion by calling today!
What your foot doctor in Woodstock and Jasper wants you to know
Ankle problems are a common occurrence if you are a jogger or a runner, but you don’t have to be an athlete to have ankle issues. The question is should you get off of your feet or not? Dr. Bret Hintze your foot doctor at Foot and Ankle Reconstruction wants to help you know if you have an ankle sprain and what to do. He has two convenient office locations in Woodstock and Jasper, GA to help you.
So how can you tell if your ankle pain is a small issue or a big problem like an ankle sprain? Fortunately, there are several clues to look out for. You may have an ankle sprain if you have:
- Severe pain around your ankle
- Bruising and swelling around your ankle
- Popping sounds from your ankle when you move around
- Instability in your ankle when you stand and move around
- Unexpected or abnormal movement in your ankle
If you think you have sprained your ankle, there are some simple steps you can take to feel better. You can try to:
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- Elevate and take the weight off of your ankle for the first couple of days
- Place ice packs on your ankle for 20 minutes several times each day
- Wrap your ankle to support it and keep it from moving
You should also seek out the help of your foot doctor at Foot and Ankle Reconstruction as soon as you can. He can help you get relief and heal faster by recommending:
- Using crutches to help you move around without putting weight on your ankle
- Wearing an ankle brace or walking cast to support your ankle and keep it from moving while it heals
- Physical therapy and stretching to increase flexibility and improve stability in your ankle
If you sprain your ankle, don’t wait for it to get worse. Get some help so you can get back on your feet and enjoy the activities you love. Call Dr. Hintze your foot doctor at Foot and Ankle Reconstruction, with offices in Woodstock and Jasper, GA. Call today and feel better tomorrow!
Athlete's foot is the one thing that your partner probably doesn't want to share with you. Dr. Bret Hintze of Foot & Ankle Reconstruction in Jasper and Woodstock, GA, explains how your partner can stay fungus free when you have athlete's foot.
Athlete's foot can spread easily
The fungus that causes athlete's foot is very contagious. In fact, you may have picked it up when you walked barefoot in a locker room or other public area. Luckily, there are a few ways your partner can avoid sharing the fungal infection with you.
Avoid foot-to-foot contact
Try to avoid brushing your foot against your partner's if you share the same bed. Wearing socks to bed can help prevent transmission of the fungus.
Wear shoes in the house
Even if you avoid contact, your partner can still develop athlete's foot if you walk around the house barefoot. The fungus can attach itself to floors when you walk or stand on them. If your partner makes a midnight run to the refrigerator just after you've been there, he or she may come back to bed with more than just a snack. Wearing shoes or slippers is a simple way to protect your partner and family.
The fungus can linger on sheets, towels, washcloths, socks, slippers and other items. Wash washable items often, including bath mats. Wash towels and washcloths after every use to avoid cross contamination with other towels on the towel rack.
Don't share shoes, slippers, towels or other items that have come in contact with your feet. When your partner understands the reasons behind your actions, he or she will probably be glad that you're being selfish.
Visit the foot doctor
If over-the-counter treatments don't get rid of athlete's foot, make an appointment in our Jasper or Woodstock office. We can prescribe stronger topical medications that are more effective than drugstore products or may recommend that you take an oral anti-fungal medication if you have a stubborn case of athlete's foot.
Keep your partner safe from athlete's foot by visiting one of our offices. Call podiatrist Dr. Hintze of Foot & Ankle Reconstruction at (770) 999-0804 to schedule an appointment in the Jasper or Woodstock, GA, office.
Are you suddenly experiencing foot problems? Find out what it could be.
During a normal day of walking, you may be surprised to hear that the forces that your feet take on could soar to hundreds of tons. So, it shouldn’t come as a shock that if you are a mover and a shaker, at some point you might be faced with some foot issues. From the office of our Woodstock, GA, podiatrist, Dr. Bret Hintze, learn more about common foot issues and when to seek medical attention.
This common bone deformity affects that large joint near the bottom of the big toe. If the deformity is bad enough, it can even cause your large toe to lean inwards on the rest of your toes. Bunions are known to cause pain, particularly when wearing shoes that are too tight or have high heels.
Treatment: If caught early enough when the condition is only minor, making changes to the type of shoes you wear will go a long way to preventing the deformity from progressing. Opt for shoes that offer support and give your toes enough room to move around. Toes should never be bunched up.
If you do experience pain or discomfort, icing and over-the-counter medications can often provide the proper relief. More severe pain and swelling may need to be treated by us through steroid injections, shockwave therapy and other more aggressive measures.
This fungal infection can cause some pretty miserable itching, redness and cracked skin, and this problem is more common than you might think. If you are someone who doesn’t wear shower shoes when walking around the gym locker room or shower, then you may find yourself dealing with athlete’s foot at some point in your lifetime. While this condition isn’t serious, it can continue to spread to other parts of the foot if left untreated.
Treatment: Most over-the-counter anti-fungal creams will do the trick, if you follow the instructions. In more severe infections, our Woodstock foot doctor will need to prescribe an oral antifungal medication.
This inflammatory condition is the one most responsible for heel pain. If you notice pain whenever you bear weight on the foot, or you find that pain is worse after exercise, then you could be dealing with plantar fasciitis. This condition is characterized by inflammation of the large band of tissue that runs along the soles of your feet (known as the plantar fascia). You may notice that heel pain is worse when you first get up in the morning but that the pain eases throughout the day.
Treatment: Most plantar fasciitis cases will clear up on their own if you provide proper care and eliminate activities that could make the problem worse. Rest, elevation, icing and medications can help you manage your symptoms until the tissue has healed.
Foot & Ankle Reconstruction in Woodstock, GA, is here to provide you with a full range of podiatric services. Whether you are dealing with problems or you want to find some ways to prevent these issues, we are here to help.
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