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.