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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot affliction and source of heel pain. The condition is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue running along the arch of the foot. There are many ways that a podiatrist might recommend treating plantar fasciitis. For example, more conservative treatment options might include performing stretches/exercises, wearing a foot splint, wearing arch supports, or taking anti-inflammatory drugs. In other cases, effective treatment options might include shock wave therapy, which utilizes sound waves to stimulate the plantar fascia. A cortisone injection might even be attempted once to address cases of plantar fasciitis. In more severe cases, a surgical procedure might help treat a case of plantar fasciitis. If you have this foot condition, contact a podiatrist today.


 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Ali Davis, DPM  from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Although you may not always think about it, there are many different bones in your feet that play important roles and are constantly supporting your every movement. The metatarsal bones are one example of critical bones that are located in the feet. There are five metatarsals that comprise the arches of your feet. This makes them play an important role in bearing and supporting weight. The 1st metatarsal bone is the thickest bone, and consequently, it bears more weight than the other metatarsals. It is important to note that although fractures are rare, an individual can fracture the metatarsals when large objects that are heavy fall on them. Hallux Valgus, or bunions, is also a condition that can negatively impact the 1st metatarsal. If you want to learn more about the metatarsal bones, or are concerned about your metatarsals, contact a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

When a woman carries a baby to term during a pregnancy, she undergoes a litany of different bodily changes. Many of these changes can impact the feet. For example, during a pregnancy, a woman can experience sensations of itchiness on her feet. This itchiness can prove to be quite an annoyance for a pregnant woman, particularly during the nighttime when the sensations may interrupt sleep. Itchy feelings are primarily caused by hormonal skin changes. There are a number of steps that a pregnant woman can take to mitigate the itchiness. For instance, a woman can wear socks that have a loose fit and are made of breathable materials. In particular, socks that are made of cotton or even wool can fit this description. To soothe itchy feet, a pregnant woman can apply a good moisturizer on the feet. Additionally, giving the feet an oatmeal bath could help soothe itchiness. Lastly, massaging the feet could minimize itching sensations. Be sure to contact your podiatrist about these techniques and others to ensure that you are doing what is best for your own feet. If you are pregnant, contact a podiatrist today who can help you to maintain proper foot care.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Ali Davis, DPM from The Foot Clinic. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Overland Park, KS . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 08 September 2022 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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