Posts for: October, 2015
Flat feet are common, and are the source of many foot problems. Also called fallen arches, flat foot is a condition in which a person has no arch on the bottom of their feet. Where most people’s feet are curved on the bottom, a person with flat feet has no curve, or arch. When this occurs your feet can turn inward, causing stress on other parts of the body. With the help of your podiatrist, however, you can find relief from your flat feet while protecting other parts of your body from further problems.
If you have flat feet, it can lead to other issues with your foot. You may develop is plantar fasciitis, which causes pain and inflammation in the ligaments of the foot. Tendonitis and arthritis can also result. The lack of shock absorption in the foot can cause shin splints. Bunions and hammertoes may also result.
When problems in the feet occur, odds are you will eventually experience problems with your legs. Since people with flat feet pronate or roll their feet inward when they walk, the lower legs will try to accommodate to keep balance. When this occurs, it can lead to pain in the ankles, lower legs, and often pain in the knees.
Treatment for Flat Feet
To stop the leg and foot pain, it is important to visit your podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment options. Orthotics are commonly used to lift the foot and give you the cushion that your fallen arches normally would. If a fallen arch is caused by weight gain, losing weight will also help to alleviate your foot complications. Visit our office for a consultation!
Whether it's dropping a can of soup on your foot or whacking your toe against a wall, we've all been there before, hopping and holding our beaten, bruised toe. While you may not think anything of these common “stubs,” you may soon experience a throbbing, swollen, broken toe. A broken toe is painful, so don’t suffer through it—visit your podiatrist for a diagnosis and proper treatment plan.
How Is a Broken Toe Treated?
Treatments for a broken toe aim to reduce the pain and swelling and help the fracture heal properly. Your podiatrist offers these at home solutions:
- Elevation – by keeping your foot raised above the level of your heart, you can help decrease swelling and discomfort. Prop your foot up on some pillows, especially when sleeping.
- Ice – put ice in a plastic bag and apply it to your injured toe for 15-20 minutes every 1-2 hours. Do this for the first day or two. Don’t forget to place a towel between the skin and the ice to keep your skin protected.
- Rest – avoid any strenuous exercise, prolonged standing, or walking. You may need crutches or a special shoe to avoid placing extra weight on the broken toe.
Depending on the location and severity of your broken toe, your podiatrist might need to splint or cast your toe. Contact us for further diagnosis and treatment planning for the proper healing of your broken toe, so that you can get back to your normal day-to-day schedule.