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With the hustle and bustle of a busy lifestyle, it's easy to put foot health on the back burner. We spend so much time on our feet, yet many of us don't visit a podiatrist unless something is wrong with our foot, leg, or ankle. When an injury occurs to the bones, ligaments, and tendons in these regions, it can generate pain that can cause harm if not properly diagnosed and treated. If you live in Jasper and Woodstock, GA, Foot & Ankle Reconstruction commits to providing clear and effective communication between the doctor and patient.
Causes of Ankle Pain
It's common to feel off-balance, and sometimes that's all it takes to sprain the ankle or accrue a bone fracture. Other, less severe, causes of ankle pain also include:
- Gout - when uric acid builds up in the body, crystals can form in the joints, causing sharp pain
- Nerve Damage - from swelling in the tarsal tunnel - the area in the foot where the nerve enters the back of the ankle
- Joint Inflammation - wear and tear on the joints causes inflammation, which leads to discomfort
- Achilles tendonitis - inflammation in the band of tissue that connects the muscles to the back of the lower leg to the heel
Acute ankle pain may find alleviation from the following remedies:
- Elevation - keeping them raised above heart level decreases swelling
- Rest - avoid putting weight on the ankle as much as possible
- Ice - Icing sessions for 20 minutes at a time (90 minutes in-between) numbs the pain
- Compression - wrapping the ankle in a bandage increases blood flow
When to Seek Help for Your Ankle Pain
If you have foot or ankle disorders, have severe pain in these areas, or experience injury, it's beneficial to seek the help of a podiatrist to strengthen weak ankles, improve the quality of your foot health and help you return to daily activities. Patients should visit our Jasper and Woodstock, GA podiatrists if you notice redness, a change in foot temperature, numbness, symptoms of nerve damage. We can reach a proper diagnosis and create a treatment plan after performing a foot examination.
Leaving ankle pain untreated causes instability that can increase your risk of injury. Visiting your local podiatrist can help improve range of motion and build strength in the leg muscles and tendons. For more information about ankle pain, conditions we treat, and services provided, visit our website. To schedule an appointment, Foot & Ankle Reconstruction has two convenient locations. For our Woodstock, GA, office, please call (770) 999-0703. For our Jasper, GA, office, please call (770) 999-0804.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when a band of tissue, called plantar fascia, is inflamed and irritated this results in heel pain.
There are several causes but the most common cause is a faulty foot structure. People who suffer from issues related to foot arches, overly flat feet or high-arched feet, are more prone to suffering from plantar fasciitis. Another cause is wearing non-supportive footwear which strains the plantar fascia. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that the discomfort may center on the front, middle or back of the heel and often results from muscular imbalance.
What is plantar fasciitis?
A chronic inflammation of the connective tissue running between the toes and heel bone, plantar fasciitis causes considerable pain, particularly in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. Surprisingly, though, its chief cause is strenuous overuse (running, jumping, dancing), overpronation (turning the foot in toward the midline) and poorly structured shoes.
Over time, the plantar fascia becomes overstretched and inflamed. Small bone spurs may form on the heel, compounding the discomfort. People who wear tight shoes or narrow shoes with high heels and patients who are over the age of 60 tend suffer from heel pain more often.
What are some symptoms?
The basic symptom all around is pain but where you're feeling it varies:
- bottom of the heel
- worse when getting up
- increasing pain time
Your Jasper and Woodstock podiatrist diagnosis your foot issue through medical history and foot examinations. Your doctor is able to determine its plantar fasciitis by eliminating all the possible causes. They use diagnostic imaging studies, x-rays, to make this determination.
How can your doctor help?
There are two methods for treating plantar fasciitis: non-surgical and surgical.
Non-surgical treatment include:
- Stretching exercises: Stretch out the muscles to ease the pain.
- Shoe modifications: Wear supportive shoes that support arches.
- Medications: Use oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Avoid being barefoot: Walking barefoot puts unnecessary strain on your plantar fascia.
When Is Surgery Needed?
If several months of non-surgical treatment have gone by and there's still heel pain, surgery may be needed.
For more information about plantar Fasciitis, call Dr. Bret J. Hintze in Jasper and Woodstock, GA, at (770) 999-0703 or (770) 999-0804 Today!
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Cumming area, we're excited you are here. With the podiatry industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote podiatric awareness as a vital part of your healthy, active lifestyle.Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including the latest developments in podiatry, podiatric treatments and helpful foot care advice from Dr. Hintze and his staff.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure the long-term health of your feet.
As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.
-- The Foot & Ankle Reconstruction Team