Posts for: September, 2019
The arch of your foot and your heel hurt when you get out of bed in the morning. Stretching helps, but through the day, your heel is so sore you just want to sit. This may be plantar fasciitis, a common inflammatory condition. For a definitive diagnosis, see your Columbus podiatrists at Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group in Clintonville, Dublin, and Southwest Columbus, OH.
What is plantar fasciitis?
It happens when the connective tissue between the heel bone and the base of the toes becomes overstretched, inflamed and painful. Sometimes, it's associated with a heel spur and sometimes not. But, in most cases, pain originates because of over activity, obesity, or overpronation of the foot and sports such as volleyball, dancing or anything involving repetitive jumping or bouncing.
Your podiatrist in Columbus recognizes the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis. When you come to Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group, your doctor will examine your foot, watch you walk, ask about your particular symptoms and about what worsens or improves them. He also will take X-rays and other kinds of imaging as needed to rule out other podiatric problems.
When a definitive diagnosis, your podiatrist puts together a comprehensive treatment plan to control your symptoms and increase your mobility. Many times, the simplest interventions work best, and people with plantar fasciitis respond well to treatment within six to eight weeks. In persistent cases, surgery may be needed.
Treating plantar fasciitis
Your podiatrist may recommend these interventions singly or in combination:
- Wrapping or taping the arch of the foot
- Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics)
- Changing foot wear to shoes with good support in the arches
- Stretching the calf muscles, especially in the morning
- Physical therapy
- Use of a walking boot or crutches for more severe cases
- Simple rest and elevation of the affected foot
- Cortisone injections
- Oral anti-inflammatory medications
- Massage therapy
Feel good and stay active
The doctors at Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group help people do just that. Plantar fasciitis is no mystery to them. They can help you manage your symptoms. For a consultation, please call one of our three locations. Call our Clintonville, OH office at (614) 267-8387; (614) 761-1466 in Dublin, OH; (614) 272-2313 for Southwest Columbus, OH.
Metatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.
Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:
- Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot - the part of the sole just behind the toes
- Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
- Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
- Numbness or tingling in the toes
- A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
- Pain that increases when walking barefoot
Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:
- Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
- Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
- Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
- Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
- Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.
Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.
When conservative treatments aren't effective and pain persists, visit our practice for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.
The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration, including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.
Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.
Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor
Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:
- Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
- Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
- Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
- Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
- Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
- Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask your podiatrist for recommended products.
- Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.
The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.
When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit your podiatrist, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our office, and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition!