Posts for: December, 2018
Suffering from heel pain? If you are experiencing any discomfort or aching, we can help you achieve real relief with little trouble or expense. Here at Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group, located in the area of Columbus, OH, we offer state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain—read on to learn how we can help you!
1. Medication- We can prescribe medications that will alleviate your pain in the short term, although swelling and pain are most commonly treated with over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. We can also prescribe topical pain medications (those you apply to your skin) to treat heel pain.
2. Cortisone Shots- If medications do not help, you can get a cortisone shot in our office. These injections usually comprise of a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. When administered by a doctor, cortisone offers significant relief from pain and inflammation. This medication begins working in a few days after administration and it will continue to work for several months.
3. Stretching Exercises- We often prescribe stretching exercises for various foot issues, as they can ease your pain and prevent it from reoccurring. Patients who do stretching exercises on a regular basis have a much better outcome after being treated for heel pain.
4. Night Splints- We may recommend a night splint to treat your heel pain. A night splint holds your foot in a neutral position during sleep, and it works by stretching the calf plantar fascia of the foot while you sleep. Once your heel pain is gone, you can stop wearing it.
5. Orthotic Devices- We can prescribe the highest-quality foot orthotics available to address your heel pain. Orthotics are used to treat various foot and ankle conditions by providing a cushioning that both relieves pressure and reduces stress on sensitive areas of the feet. Studies have shown that orthotic devices decrease foot pain and improve function.
Need Heel Pain Relief? Call One of Our Columbus Area Offices Today!
Heel pain hurts, but you don't have to suffer. Call one of Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group's Columbus area offices today to schedule an appointment: (614) 267-8387 for Clintonville, (614) 761-1466 for Dublin, and (614) 272-2313 for Southwest.
An ankle sprain occurs when the foot rolls or twists to the point where a ligament inside stretches beyond its normal capacity. Ankle sprains are extremely common, with an estimated 25,000 sprains happening in the United States every day. Athletes and people who work outdoors or on uneven surfaces are at a higher risk for spraining their ankle. Regular wear of high-heeled shoes is also a risk factor.
Sprained ankles are diagnosed by degree; that is, the severity of the sprain and the symptoms it produces. Grade 1 sprains are the mildest, with minimal swelling and tenderness due to a slight ligament tear. Usually, Grade 1 sprains still allow for weight to be put on the ankle. Grade 2 sprains have a more significant injury to the ligament and, while walking may still be possible, it is painful. Grade 3 sprains are diagnosed when the affected ligament has sustained a complete tear and the ankle cannot bear weight. Grade 3 sprains typically display obvious bruising and swelling around the ankle.
The grade of an ankle sprain will determine the treatment. The tried-and-true RICE method - rest, ice, compression, and elevation - is usually sufficient for Grade 1 sprains. Refraining from walking, keeping the ankle elevated for the first two days, stabilizing the ankle with a compression dressing, and applying ice to reduce swelling helps the sprain resolve within 2 to 4 weeks. Grade 2 sprains also respond well to RICE treatment, although healing typically takes longer and a firmer immobilization device, like a splint, is typically recommended. Grade 3 sprains often require similar treatment used for ankle fractures; a cast or brace may be needed and surgery may be considered for some patients.
To ensure proper healing, it is important to follow the recommendations of your podiatrist. Attempting to return to normal activity too soon could result in a repeat injury or permanent ankle instability.
What is Sesamoiditis?
Sesamoids are small bones that are only connected to tendons or surrounded in muscle. This only appears in a few places in the body, one of which is the foot. Two very tiny sesamoids are found in the underside of the foot near the big toe. One is on the outer side of the foot and the other bone is close to the middle of the foot. This structure provides a smooth surface for the tendons to slide over, which helps the tendons move muscles. They help with weight bearing and also help to elevate the bones of the big toe. So now that you know what sesamoids are, you might be wondering what sesamoiditis is and what its symptoms are.
Just like any other bone, sesamoids can unfortunately fracture. The tendons surrounding the sesamoids may also become irritated or inflamed and this is what sesamoiditis is. Sesamoiditis is also a form of tendonitis and is a common condition among ballerinas, runners, and baseball catchers due to the pressure that is constantly placed on their feet.
Symptoms of Sesamoiditis
Symptoms of Sesamoiditis may include:
- Pain under the big toe or ball of the foot
- Swelling and/or bruising
- Difficulty in bending and straightening the big toe
- Resting and stopping any activity that could be causing pain and inflammation
- Anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen and aspirin only after consulting your physician
- Icing the sole of the foot
- Wearing soft-soled and low-heeled shoes
- Cushioning inserts in the shoes
If symptoms persist after treatments, you may need to wear a removable brace for 4-6 weeks to help the bones heal. Call your podiatrist today to ask any questions about sesamoiditis and get on your way to pain-free feet once again!