Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis

By Iowa Foot & Ankle Clinic
February 01, 2023
Category: Foot Care

When it comes to your feet, it’s important that you’re doing what you can to keep them healthy and strong, since they’re so important to your daily life. There are some common foot injuries that you may deal with and it’s important that you aren’t ignoring them. A podiatrist is here to help with any foot problems that you may deal with and it’s important that you understand when you should see them so that you avoid any future complications that may occur from an untreated injury.

Common Foot Injuries

Whether you’re an active person or you just spend a lot of time on your feet at work, it’s important that you’re doing what you can to avoid foot injuries. Unfortunately, foot injuries happen so it’s crucial that you know how a podiatrist can help you recover and get back on your feet in no time.

Some common foot injuries include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis- The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. This tendon is very susceptible to inflammation because of overuse, so it’s important that you’re giving your body a break and stretching as necessary. You’re also more susceptible to dealing with a tear if you have Achilles tendonitis, which can be sudden and painful.
  • Sprained Ankle- It’s very possible that you can sprain your ankle and it’s one of the most common foot injuries. Usually, sprains are minor and can heal with rest and ice, but it’s important that you see a podiatrist for help before it becomes a severe problem. You should be sure to stay off the ankle and follow any instructions your podiatrist gives. If left untreated, it can lead to arthritis.
  • Stress Fractures- Stress fractures occur from repetitive impact over time. This could be jumping, running, or from a change in your workout surface.
  • Plantar Fasciitis- Plantar fasciitis is commonly referred to as heel pain and is the most common cause of heel pain. This happens when the plantar fascia, which runs from the heel of the foot to the ball of the foot, becomes inflamed from overuse and causes your feet to feel stiff and sore. This is especially true after you’ve just woken up or stood up after sitting. It can be difficult to walk around properly with plantar fasciitis and you might find yourself sitting out from activities to avoid any irritation.

With all of these issues, your podiatrist will examine your foot and find the best treatment plan possible. This could be with rest, orthotics, or anti-inflammatory medications.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today

Find out more about common foot injuries and how your podiatrist can help you. Call your podiatrist today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.

Your podiatrist is a foot and ankle specialist who can treat a wide variety of foot, ankle, and toe conditions. Your ankles, feet, and toes perform important functions helping you move, balance, and stand. When you are having a problem with your feet, ankles, or toes, it can dramatically affect your mobility and your life.

These are some common toe injuries and their treatments:

  • Hammertoes–treated with custom orthotics, footwear, or surgery
  • Ingrown toenails–treated with thinning or cutting the ingrown part of the toenail or laser therapy
  • Fungal toenail–treated with anti-fungal medications or laser therapy

Common foot injuries and conditions and their treatments include:

  • Plantar fasciitis–treated with orthotics, corticosteroids, and other anti-inflammatory medication
  • Heel pain–treated with inserts, orthotics, wedges, anti-inflammatories, and ESWT
  • Bunions–treated with orthotics, corticosteroids, and surgery

Common ankle injuries and their treatments include:

  • Lateral ankle instability–treated with orthotics, braces and other assistive devices, and surgery
  • Sprained or strained ankles–treated with braces and other assistive devices, anti-inflammatory medications, ice therapy, and rest

Your podiatrist also can treat foot, ankle, and toe injuries resulting from a medical condition. Some of the medical conditions which affect the ankles, feet, and toes include:

Diabetes, which can affect your circulatory, immune, and nervous systems, causing delayed healing, peripheral neuropathy, sensory loss, and blood loss in your extremities.

Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, which can cause joint pain and stiffness, leading to loss of flexibility and mobility.

Treatment with a podiatrist begins with a comprehensive examination of your ankles, feet, and toes. Your visit may include imaging studies of the affected area, and laboratory testing to determine if there is an underlying condition which needs to be treated.

After your podiatrist has diagnosed your foot, ankle, or toe condition, your podiatrist will develop an individualized treatment plan designed to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Restore flexibility
  • Restore mobility

To find out more about common foot and ankle injuries and how your podiatrist can treat them, talk with an expert. Call your podiatrist today.

By Iowa Foot & Ankle Clinic
December 21, 2022
Category: Podiatry

When you experience foot pain, you might be tempted to ignore it. That’s a bad idea. Foot pain can grow worse over time, leading to loss of mobility and a less active life. A much better idea is to visit your podiatrist, who is an expert at diagnosis, management, and treatment of foot pain. Your podiatrist can help you get back on your feet again.

So, what causes foot pain? It turns out there are several factors which can lead to foot pain, including:

Trauma to your feet or ankles – leading to bruising, swelling, torn ligaments and tendons, and broken bones.

Stress and strain on your feet from overuse – leading to arch, heel, and joint pain.

Age-related changes like arthritis – leading to joint pain, swelling, and loss of flexibility.

Medical conditions like diabetes – leading to peripheral neuropathy, numbness, and lack of blood flow.

Plantar fasciitis – leading to moderate to severe heel pain and pain on the side of your foot.

Flat feet – which can lead to arch pain and overall foot pain.

Your podiatrist can prescribe a wide variety of medical treatments and services to help you get relief from foot pain. These are just a few of the services your podiatrist can provide:

  • Custom made orthotics to treat flat feet, peripheral neuropathy, and other foot conditions
  • Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication to treat swelling and pain
  • Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain and swelling in joints and other areas of your feet
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) to treat plantar fasciitis and heel pain
  • Gait evaluation to relieve foot pain caused by gait problems
  • Physical therapy to help restore flexibility and mobility
  • Surgical treatment to repair fractured or broken bones, or torn ligaments and tendons

You don’t have to suffer from foot pain when help is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes of foot pain and how your podiatrist can help you find relief, talk with an expert. Call your podiatrist today.

By Iowa Foot & Ankle Clinic
November 01, 2022
Category: Foot Condition

Heel pain is one of the most common problems your podiatrist treats. If you are suffering from heel pain, the pain can make it difficult to enjoy an active life. Don’t worry, because your podiatrist has several effective heel pain treatments to get you back on your feet.

You can develop heel pain from a few causes, including:

  • Stepping on hard or sharp objects, which can cause a heel bruise
  • Developing excess calcium deposits, which can cause a heel spur
  • Inflammation of the tissue on your heel, which can cause plantar fasciitis

Any of the causes listed above can cause moderate to severe heel pain, but plantar fasciitis is the most severe. Plantar fasciitis causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue running across your heel.

When you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience:

  • Stabbing pain across your heel when you stand
  • Heel pain which is worse in the morning
  • Pain across your heel and on the side of your foot

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:

  • Overpronation, or rolling your feet when you walk
  • Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods
  • Doing high impact activities like jogging or running

For mild heel pain, you can try a few simple home remedies like these:

  • Placing an ice pack on your heel several times each day
  • Doing arch stretches several times each day
  • Elevating your feet when you can, to take pressure off your feet
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Wearing heel inserts inside your shoes to cushion your heels

Moderate to severe heel pain should be evaluated by your podiatrist. There are several treatment options your podiatrist may recommend, including:

  • Custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide support
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling
  • Physical therapy and stretching to improve flexibility
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation

Heel pain is a common foot problem, but one which is easily treatable. Relief from heel pain is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes and treatment of heel pain, call your podiatrist today.

By Iowa Foot & Ankle Clinic
May 19, 2022
Category: Foot Condition

Are you dealing with a nasty case of plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is a frustrating little problem, especially if you are someone who values their morning run or daily exercise routine. Even if you aren’t what you’d call an avid exerciser, you may still find that your heel pain makes moving around and going about your day more complicated than you would like. A podiatrist is the best medical specialist to turn to when heel pain becomes an issue.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes inflammation within the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs the length of the foot along the soles from the toes to the heels and provides the arches of your feet with support and shock absorption. Unfortunately, microtears within the tissue can occur gradually over time (common in runners), leading to irritation and inflammation.

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Those with plantar fasciitis may notice that their heel pain is at its worst first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting or standing. The tricky thing is that the pain often subsides throughout the day, making you think you can get in your run or regular workout routine after all. The only problem with that is that the heel pain often comes back with a vengeance after exercising. Along with heel pain, you may also notice painful or aching arches.

When Should I See a Podiatrist About My Heel Pain?

We know that no one wants to make an unnecessary trip to see their podiatrist unless the situation warrants it. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you are experiencing heel pain or any symptoms, it is important that you always seek immediate medical care to prevent the issue from getting worse.

While most healthy individuals will be able to handle their heel pain on their own, it’s also important to know when you need proper and more comprehensive care from a podiatrist. It’s important to turn to a podiatrist right away if you have severe pain, pain that makes it impossible to walk or put weight on the foot, numbness or tingling in the heel or foot, or heel pain caused by an injury.

If at-home care isn’t easing your heel pain after five days, then you should also give us a call so that we can create a more effective treatment plan for you.

Don’t let heel pain drag you down. If you are having trouble managing your symptoms and they are impacting your everyday activities and quality of life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with a podiatrist.



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