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April 2024

Pain in the ball of the foot can occur for a variety of reasons. Two common causes are stress fractures from excessive exercise or Morton's neuroma, which is thickened tissue around nerves where the toes and metatarsal bones meet. This results in burning pain that is increased by physical activity or from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Other causes of pain in the ball of the foot, often termed metatarsalgia, are bunions. These bony growths at the base of the big toe can alter weight distribution, forcing more pressure onto the ball of the foot. Symptoms typically include a dull ache, sometimes accompanied by burning, tingling sensations, or numbness in the toes that worsens with standing or walking. While supportive footwear and custom orthotics can help redistribute pressure, in severe cases steroid injections or surgery may be necessary for long-term relief. A podiatrist can conduct a thorough exam of the affected foot to form a diagnosis. This will then allow for a personalized treatment plan to address the underlying cause, ensuring effective pain management and restoring mobility. If you are suffering from pain in the ball of the foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in O'Fallon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Plantar fasciitis, a leading cause of heel pain, occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed. A large number of plantar fasciitis patients experience persistent heel pain. Treatment for this condition often goes beyond rest, and pain relief measures to include strength exercises specifically designed to alleviate stubborn heel pain. These exercises aim to strengthen the muscles surrounding the foot and ankle, improving support for the plantar fascia and reducing the strain on it. A podiatrist may recommend targeted exercises not only to help relieve the immediate discomfort in the heels but also to prevent future episodes of pain. Incorporating these strength exercises into a comprehensive treatment plan means patients are addressing the root causes of plantar fasciitis. If you experience persistent heel pain from plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a personalized treatment plan, which may include performing specific stretches.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in O'Fallon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 03 April 2024 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Risk Factors for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails, a common condition where the nail grows into the skin surrounding the toe, have a variety of risk factors. Trimming the toenails too short or rounding the edges of the nail can encourage the nail to grow into the skin rather than over it, so proper nail trimming is important. Wearing tight footwear and socks that squeeze the toes can also contribute to the problem by pushing the nail into the toe skin. Athletes and individuals who engage in activities that put repeated pressure on the toes are at an increased risk, as this pressure can cause the nail to grow incorrectly. While genetics do not usually play a major role in causing ingrown toenails, some people are predisposed to developing them because they are born with naturally curved or thick toenails. Also, poor foot hygiene and injury to the toenail area can increase the likelihood of developing an ingrown toenail. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, or wish to know how to prevent ingrown toenails from occurring in the future, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in O'Fallon, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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