Wear Appropriate Footwear
Consider Shoe Inserts
Apply Protective Padding
Practice Pain Management
Do I need surgery for a hammertoe?
If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
- Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to help with pain and swelling
- Ice the bunion for 15-20 minutes at a time, several times a day to also alleviate pain and swelling (conversely, you may choose to soak your bunion in warm water to ease symptoms)
- Consider getting prescription orthotics (shoe inserts) to place within your shoes to take the pressure off the deformed joint and to reduce pain with walking or standing
- Wear a night splint, which will straighten out the big toe while you sleep to reduce morning pain and stiffness
- Only wear shoes that have a wide toe box that doesn’t put pressure on the bunion. Avoid high heels and shoes with pointed toes.
- Perform stretching exercises every day to alleviate stiffness and to improve mobility and range of motion within the feet
- Apply a non-medicated pad over the bunion before putting on shoes to prevent friction and the formation of a callus
Should I consider bunion surgery?
Worried that you might be dealing with a bunion? Experiencing regular bunion pain? If so, a foot and ankle professional can assess the problem and provide you with a customized treatment plan to help you get your bunion pain under control.
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
If your plantar fasciitis is spiraling out of control, come to Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group in Columbus, OH, for compassionate, accurate treatment by our podiatrists. They understand how foot pain changes your life. As their patients testify, these foot doctors are the best in the business.
What is plantar fasciitis?
It's an inflammatory process impacting the wide band of connective tissue which extends across the arch of the foot. Called the plantar fascia, this structure may become overstretched each time the foot lands on the ground.
The characteristic sharp, burning pain is worse in the morning but may improve through the day, only to return the next time you work out or do your morning routine. Gait problems, such as overpronation, aggravate plantar fasciitis, as do congenitally high arches and overuse from standing or running.
How your podiatrist can help
Plantar fasciitis is very common. About ten percent of people between the ages of 40 and 60 experience it. The Washington Post says that's about two million Americans, and some have heel bone spurs along with the inflammation.
So, if you're experiencing symptoms, contact Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group in Columbus. Our podiatrist will examine your foot, go over your symptoms, check your shoes and gait and take X-ray imaging as necessary. You'll receive a treatment plan to manage your symptoms. Surgery is rarely necessary and pain diminishes when you:
- Wear properly fitting shoes with good arch support.
- Do calf stretching exercises, particularly in the morning.
- Take over the counter ibuprofen for pain or receive cortisone injections as recommended by your podiatrist.
- Use night splints or customized shoe inserts (orthotics) to support the arch and correct gait or foot structure issues.
The best in care
Receive it and feel better. Conquer plantar fasciitis and other chronic or acute conditions of the foot and ankle. Please contact Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group for a consultation with one of our podiatrists. We provide superior care in each of our three offices. For North High Street in Columbus, phone (614) 267-8387. In Dublin, call (614) 761-1466, and on Briggs Road in Columbus, reach us at (614) 272-2637.
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