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Often, the problems in your feet and ankles go away with time, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and changing your shoes. However, sometimes these problems just won’t go away, and that's when you should visit your podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment.
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
If you are having a specific foot problem, your best bet is to visit your podiatrist for the best care available. Several serious conditions, such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, can show up in your feet first, making it more important than ever to get them checked out.
A Wound or Sore That Does Not Heal
If you have an open sore on your foot or ankle, you should visit your podiatrist immediately! This is especially important if you have diabetes, as it takes a diabetic longer to heal even when being treated.
Some changes to your feet are normal as you age, but having pain isn’t one of them. As you begin putting more miles on your feet, you may notice that your feet change shape, lose cushioning, experience skin changes, develop arthritis and experience an array of other complications. It's always best to get checked by your podiatrist rather than unknowingly let a serious foot issue worsen, especially as you age.
Pain Increasing with Activity or Lasting more than 24 Hours
If you are experiencing pain that gets worse with activity, this may be a sign of a stress fracture. You should not try to work through the pain. Instead, it is vital that you visit your podiatrist. If you treat a stress fracture early, you can potentially avoid more serious problems, such as a stress fracture that will not heal, or one that turns into a fully broken bone.
Don’t ignore your foot or ankle pain! Visit your podiatrist for a diagnosis, treatment and to help prevent your symptoms from worsening.
You may be able to ignore a headache or an aching back for a little while, but it's often impossible to forget about foot pain. Luckily, your Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Sun City Center and Apollo Beach/Riverview, FL, podiatrists at Total Foot & Ankle of Tampa Bay offer effective treatments for the conditions that affect your feet.
What causes foot pain?
Pain in your foot may occur due to:
- An Ingrown Toenail: An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of your nail grows into the surrounding skin. You may be able to loosen the trapped nail by soaking your toe in warm water for 15 minutes, then placing dental floss or cotton under the nail. If you can't free the trapped nail or you have diabetes, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills, Sun City Center or Apollo Beach/Riverview podiatrist. They'll perform a minor procedure to remove the edge of the nail.
- Plantar Fasciitis: A tough band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects your toes to your heels on the underside of your foot. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you'll notice pain in your heel. Rest, and over-the-counter pain medications can be helpful if you have plantar fascia. If your heel still hurts after a few weeks of home care, your podiatrist may recommend prescription orthotics or heel cups, physical therapy, night splints or extracorporeal shockwave therapy.
- Bunions: A bunion is a bony bump at the base of your big toe. The bumps are particularly common in women who wear high heels or tight shoes regularly. Rest can ease bunion pain, but the bumps won't go away on their own. Your foot doctor may recommend that your tape your foot to improve the position of your joint or wear orthotics. Surgery offers the only way to reverse bunions.
- Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis: Although you may associate arthritis with painful hands or knees, the condition can also affect your feet. Treatment options for arthritis include orthotics, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, physical therapy, orthopedic shoes and surgery, in some cases.
Are you ready to find a solution for your foot pain? Schedule an appointment with the foot doctors at Total Foot & Ankle of Tampa Bay by calling (813) 788-3600 for the Wesley Chapel, FL, office, (813) 788-3600 for the Zephyrhills office, (813) 633-5900 for the Sun City Center or Apollo Beach/Riverview offices.
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.
Is there knob on the side of your big toe? Is it hard and bony? If that's the case, you may have a bunion. The doctors of Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Wesley Chapel and Riverview, FL, can help.
Bunions are when the joint of your big toe becomes larger. Bunions, also called Hallux Valgus, are protrusions that can be very painful, especially while you're doing any activity as simple as walking. For more information, you can follow this link: Bunions
Bunions can affect your walking because of friction and pressure that makes it painful to walk. Other issues may contribute to bunion formation, such as:
- Flat feet
- Occupational foot stress
- Genetics and foot type
- Foot trauma, or injury
- Foot injuries
- Tight, narrow shoes and high heels
The problem with bunions is that they can cause other toe deformities, like:
- Hallus Abducto Valgus (When the bunion rotates towards the second toe)
Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as:
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it
- Wearing shoe inserts, or padding to cushion bunion and reduce friction
- Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes
Your Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Wesley Chapel and Riverview doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position. If your doctor need to take a more invasive approach, they may do the following:
- Straightening your foot and big toe
- Fuse your big toe joints together
- Remove some bone in big toe
- Remove swollen tissue around toe joint
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Wesley Chapel and Riverview, FL, podiatrist.
A survey by The American Podiatric Medical Association found that the vast majority of American adults have foot pain. Pain in the feet is particularly stressful when you have an occupation that requires you to spend a lot of time walking or standing. Dr. Robert Valins, Dr. Maria Walshe and Dr. Domenick Calise at Total Foot and Ankle in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Riverview, and Wesley Chapel, FL can help you deal with your foot pain using therapeutic, orthotic, and surgical treatments.
Causes of Foot Pain
Foot pain can have numerous causes, ranging from complications caused by wearing bad footwear to hereditary diseases. These are a few common causes of foot pain:
- Plantar fasciitis (inflamed ligament at the bottom of the foot).
- Heel spurs (bone growths related to plantar fasciitis).
- Bursitis (swollen sacs on the joints).
- Calluses and corns (growths of skin that can become painful).
- Bunions (protruding toe joints).
- Toe or ankle fractures (cracks or breaks in the bones of the foot).
Dealing with Foot Pain
It's hard to deal with foot pain when you have no other choice than to be on your feet for the majority of your waking moments. The best solution is to develop a relationship with a Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Riverview, or Wesley Chapel podiatrist to keep up with physical therapies and medications that will help keep your pain at bay. These are some of the most common treatments available for foot pain:
- Corticosteroid injections.
- Foot splinting and wrapping.
- Orthotics to provide better support for the foot while walking and exercising.
- Therapeutic stretches and exercises.
- Surgical procedures to treat bunions, heel spurs, tendonitis, and other acute problems.
Keeping Your Feet Healthy
When your feet hurt, it’s a signal that you are not giving them the best care possible. Re-evaluate your shoe collection, as poorly made shoes are one of the most common reasons for foot problems. Wear the custom orthotics created by your podiatrist. Do foot exercises while you rest to keep the joints and tendons in your feet flexible.
Free from Pain
Foot pain isn’t something you should accept as a reality of life. Get relief from your foot pain by contacting a podiatrist at Total Foot and Ankle in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Riverview, or Wesley Chapel, FL. Call to schedule your visit.