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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Podiatrists play an important role in managing chronic foot pain. Podiatrists can diagnose the underlying causes of the pain and also implement targeted treatment plans. These doctors have the specialized knowledge it takes to pinpoint the source of the foot pain, whether it be caused by structural issues, biomechanical abnormalities, or conditions such as arthritis or neuropathy. They may perform assessments and diagnostic tests to find the answers patients in pain are looking for. Based on the diagnosis, podiatrists may recommend a variety of interventions to ease pain, including custom orthotic inserts to correct foot alignment, stretches to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility, or corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Podiatrists can also provide guidance on proper footwear selection and offer lifestyle modifications to minimize stress on the feet. By addressing the root cause of chronic foot pain and tailoring treatment plans to individual needs, podiatrists empower patients to find relief and regain mobility, which can greatly enhance quality of life. If you have persisting foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose you and provide a personalized treatment plan.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Navigating shoe sizing can be a perplexing endeavor, compounded by variations in size between brands and styles. To ascertain the right shoe size, inspecting your existing footwear collection is beneficial, making note of sizes across different brands and styles. This knowledge proves invaluable in choosing the appropriate size for your desired comfort. When shopping for shoes, emphasize aligning the width, flex point, and instep with your foot to ensure a proper fit. Additionally, be mindful of how the choice of materials can affect stretching over time. Context plays a significant role; consider the intended use of the shoe and any foot-related health concerns. Comfort is most important for the perfect fit. Experimenting with at least three sizes is advisable to identify the most comfortable. Be aware that sizing discrepancies can even exist within the same brand. Above all, avoid forcing a fit that may result in discomfort and potential injury. Additionally, ensure that any orthotics you use fit seamlessly with your chosen shoe size for optimal foot support and comfort. If you are having trouble getting the right shoe size for your needs, including fitting orthotics into shoes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can guide you in this quest.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Plantar heel pain is a widespread problem that affects many people from different backgrounds. It can make life difficult for those who are affected by it. A common issue is plantar fasciitis. Some studies have linked heel spurs to plantar fasciitis. People with type 2 spurs, or posterior calcaneal spurs, seem to have more pain before and after surgery, and their foot function is not as good as those with other types of spurs. Type 2 heel spurs are categorized based on their location and are typically found on the back of the heel, just above the insertion point of the Achilles tendon. They are more likely to cause plantar fasciitis. Type 2 heel spurs are differentiated from type 1 heel spurs, also known as inferior calcaneal spurs. They are found on the undersurface of the heel bone, and type 3 heel spurs, or superior calcaneal spurs, which are found on the upper surface of the heel bone. If you have a heel spur that is causing you pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to understand what type of heel spur you have and how your pain might be relieved.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Ankle & Foot Surgeons. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in O'Fallon, IL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Friday, 02 February 2024 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

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