Common Foot Problems And Treatment Options
Find out more about these common foot problems and how they are treated.
It’s amazing how quickly and suddenly a foot problem can occur. Unfortunately, no one is immune. Whether you are an avid athlete or an office warrior, there are different foot issues that can befall you if you aren’t careful. Our South Burlington, VT, podiatrist Dr. Michael Guerra is here to provide some information about these three common foot problems.
When a calcium deposit forms on the bone of the heel this is known as a heel spur. While some people may develop heel spurs and never notice any issues, there are some that suffer from heel pain. In some cases, heel spurs also occur along with plantar fasciitis (which you will learn more about soon).
Fortunately, heel spurs can be treated with stretching exercises (which our South Burlington, VT, foot doctor would be happy to show you), wearing supportive shoes or wearing custom orthotics.
This condition is the result of inflammation of the thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs from the toes to the back of the heel bone, and when it is inflamed it can lead to some pretty persistent and unpleasant pain and swelling. Those with plantar fasciitis find that pain is worse in the morning and may ease up throughout the day. Those who continue to work out with this condition may find that the problem lessens while working out but often comes screaming back immediately after.
Just like heel spurs, there are several treatment options for handling this issue. From resting and elevating the foot to icing the aching heel or arches, there are many ways to manage your symptoms until the fascia heals. Talk to us about whether custom orthotics could also help lessen your symptoms and improve foot imbalances to prevent this issue from happening in the future. For pain that isn’t relieved with other treatment options, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT) is used. EPAT is an effective and non-invasive treatment. This treatment uses pressure waves that are delivered to the site of the pain, accelerating the healing process. The procedure doesn’t last long and there is little to no downtime afterward. EPAT can also be used to treat heel spurs.
Ouch! If you have a neuroma you will certainly know it, as this nerve growth can cause some pretty miserable pain. This growth is completely benign and most often develops between the third and fourth toes. Those with neuromas may experience numbness, pain, or burning at the ball of the foot or between the toes. A neuroma will also cause toe pain when walking.
Luckily, many patients find relief by wearing shoes that fit properly and are shock-absorbent. Icing the foot, physical therapy or custom orthotics can also help.
Don’t let foot problems get the better of you. Turn to Burlington Podiatry in South Burlington, VT, for the care you need to get back on your feet. Call us today!