Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Chronic plantar fasciitis pain, which occurs in the heel or bottom of the foot, can impact both daily activities and overall well-being. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis pain is generally considered chronic when it lasts several months and worsens over time. People with long-term pain from plantar fasciitis have options available to manage the pain and improve quality of life. Custom orthotics, which can provide tailored foot support, can alleviate pressure on the feet.  There are additional treatment options that podiatrists may recommend on a case-by-case basis, such as laser therapy or corticosteroid injections. Surgery is sometimes used on patients who do not respond to more conservative treatment methods. If you have chronic foot pain due to plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward appropriate treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Wednesday, 21 February 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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 Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. 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 offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . 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 Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. 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 offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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