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At Foot & Ankle Reconstruction in Jasper and Woodstock, GA, Dr. Bret J. Hintze believes that patients deserve a friendly doctor who listens attentively and cares for their well-being. Some of us are familiar with how a pinched nerve feels. It's tingly, uncomfortable, and can hinder us from performing our daily activities. When this sensation occurs between the toes, along with numbness, or burning, it may be due to a neuroma - a painful condition that can be challenging to find relief from at-home but is remedial with the help of your local foot doctor. If you are unfamiliar with neuromas, read on to learn more. Please schedule a consultation with our Woodstock foot doctor to discuss treatment.
What are Neuromas?
A neuroma occurs when the nerve tissue thickens inside the foot - or in various other parts of the body. That thickening results from compression and irritation of the nerve that creates an enlargement, which eventually leads to permanent nerve damage. The most common type occurs between the third and fourth toes and brings on significant discomfort in the ball or other parts of the foot. If you've ever walked and felt like there was a stone in your shoes, a neuroma can feel just like this. Neuromas are non-cancerous and often go away with non-invasive treatment, but Dr. Hintze may recommend surgery for more severe cases.
Causes and Symptoms
A common offender of neuromas is wearing high-heel shoes or footwear with a tapered-toe. Toes require room to breathe, and when they are limited to a small space, they suffocate, and the nerves compress. Anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerve can lead to the development of a neuroma, and people with deformities like hammertoes, bunions, or flat feet, can increase a person's risk of developing the condition. Common symptoms include:
- Swelling, burning, tingling, numbness, between the toes
- Pain in the ball of the foot when applying weight
- A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot
When to Visit a Podiatrist
You should seek medical attention from a foot doctor at the first sign of pain or discomfort. Because neuromas have different levels of severity, Dr. Hintze will recommend treatment depending on several factors, such as how long they have been present and whether or not at-home treatment is effective. If neuromas are underdeveloped, he may suggest special padding to improve foot function, anti-inflammatories to reduce pain, or custom-orthotics to prevent worsening of the condition. All minimally-invasive options will be explored in our Woodstock, GA, office before recommending surgery.
If at-home remedies aren't working to treat your neuroma, consult with your local foot doctor to receive a proper diagnosis. Dr. Bret J. Hintze can identify the cause and create a custom treatment plan tailored toward your specific needs. For more information about neuroma, other conditions we treat, and services provided in our Woodstock, GA, office, visit our website. To schedule a consultation at Foot & Ankle Reconstruction, please call (770) 999-0703 or (770) 999-0804 for our Jasper, GA, location.
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