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With as much weight bearing and movement your feet put in each day, it's easy to understand how foot and ankle injuries can happen. Our podiatrists at Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group in Columbus, Ohio, have identified three common causes of foot pain and offered some details about their symptoms and treatments in this post.
If you're a woman who frequently wears narrow shoes, particularly high heels, you may have a bunion and not even realize it! Bunions happen when the joint at the base of the big toe begins to jut outwards in response to the toes being crowded together. Our Columbus podiatrists most often see female patients with this condition due to the styles of their popular footwear. In this case, a cushioned pad or shoe insert may help take pressure off the bunion, although rethinking your shoe choices for something roomier can also make a huge difference. Splints worn at night can also help by guiding the big toe back into a more natural position. Those whose bunions continue to be painful may need surgery to reconstruct the joint.
The plantar fascia is a ligament that you probably haven't thought much about... that is unless it becomes inflamed and starts to make it difficult to walk! This common foot ailment often affects people whose jobs require a lot of time on their feet and usually hurts worst in the morning upon getting out of bed. Rest, a combination of ice and heat, and a change to more supportive footwear can help relieve this condition. A few of our Columbus patients, however, may need surgery to stop the cycle of inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis.
Another common problem that podiatrists routinely treat are sprained ankles, which occur when the connective tissues inside the ankle are stretched past their capacity. Whether you're an athlete or just unlucky during icy weather, sprains, unfortunately, happen every day at random.
The degree of a sprain typically dictates the treatment, which may just require a few days of rest or even immobilization if the injury is severe. This variance of severity is why if you think you've sprained your ankle, it's important to contact your Columbus podiatrist right away.
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At Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group, we're committed to helping our patients experience comfort and function to the fullest. If you're having foot pain and aren't sure what's causing it, contact us at one of our convenient Ohio locations - Clintonville, Dublin, or Columbus - to schedule an evaluation with one of our podiatrists today!
Custom orthotics are removable shoe inserts that provide greater arch support and stability to the feet and ankles. There are different types of orthotics available depending on the issue and level of support that is needed. Basic orthotics are sold over the counter, but a custom pair designed specifically for your foot will provide optimal support and comfort.
When are Custom Orthotics Necessary?
Podiatrists typically recommend custom orthotics for people with flat feet, or very high arches. One of the most common signs that you may benefit from a pair of orthotics is heel pain (although you may also experience pain and swelling in other parts of the foot). You may also experience pain and swelling after normal and relatively low impact activities like standing or walking.
A good way to figure out if you are having pronation issues is to examine the soles of your shoes and sneakers. If the soles and insoles tend to become visibly more worn on one side, it may be a sign that your alignment is off and you are over or under pronating. A podiatrist may ask you to walk in your bare feet to observe your stride and gait (known as a gait analysis). If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or stiffness, especially after exercise or after long periods of rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
Types of Custom Orthotics
There are a few different types of custom orthotics designs available depending on your needs.
Functional (also known as rigid) orthotics are made of harder materials and are usually prescribed for pronation problems or joint issues like arthritis.
Accommodative orthotics are designed to provide more cushioning and support and are typically prescribed for problems like plantar fasciitis and bunions.
In addition to improving your gait and foot and ankle alignment, custom orthotics can help to prevent related strains and injuries and relieve back, joint, and knee pain if it is caused by issues with your arches and pronation.
During pregnancy, it's not uncommon for women to experience an array of aches and pains all over the body. Among these complaints are tired, swollen, achy feet - a common and painful symptom experienced by mothers-to-be during their nine months of pregnancy.
One of the most common foot problems to occur during pregnancy is swelling, or edema, which results from an extra accumulation of blood. The natural weight gain and enlarging uterus puts pressure on the veins that lead to the legs, causing circulation to slow down and increasing fluid retention. The legs and feet may become swollen, making shoes tight, and in some cases causing pain and discomfort. Slight swelling during pregnancy is normal and usually subsides after giving birth. Women should pay close attention to edema symptoms. Swelling to the face or a sudden onset of swelling could be a sign of a more serious condition called preeclampsia and should be reported immediately.
Another troubling foot problem that can occur during pregnancy is over-pronation (flat feet) which is caused when a person's arch flattens out upon weight bearing causing the feet to turn in abnormally. This condition develops when the dense band of tissue in the arch of the foot called the plantar fascia becomes strained and inflamed due to increased flattening of the feet. Over-pronation is common in pregnancy due to the increased weight gain which stresses the feet and flattens the arches. Walking can become very painful, and women may experience increased discomfort and strain on the feet, calves and back.
There are various remedies available to help minimize and alleviate foot pain during pregnancy.
- Take short breaks during the day and elevate your feet to relieve pressure and swelling.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Wear shoes that are soft, comfortable and give your feet room to move.
- Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation.
- Exercise or walk regularly to promote overall health.
- Stretch legs frequently and avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
- To prevent arch pain, stretch daily, avoid going barefoot and wear supportive low-heeled shoes.
When foot pain persists, visit your podiatrist. We'll work with you to find the best treatments for your foot pain. Pregnancy and pending motherhood should be a pleasant, enjoyable experience. Understanding the causes of foot pain and learning easy home remedies can help women step more comfortably throughout these special nine months.