Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition many people are unaware they may have until it becomes painful. The plantar fascia is defined as the band of tissue that lies on the sole of the foot and connects the heels to the toes. An injury can cause plantar fasciitis to occur, which is a result of an inflamed plantar fascia. The pain is felt in the heel and may radiate to the calf, affecting the Achilles tendon. This condition can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Pregnant women may temporarily experience plantar fasciitis from the extra weight the heels must endure. Some people may be prone to getting this condition if they have tight foot or calf muscles. This may be prevented when specific stretches are frequently performed, such as heel raises and calf stretches. The heel raises are done by standing on a step while lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. A foam roller is used to effectively stretch the calves. This is done while sitting in a chair and rolling the affected foot back and forth. Some people use a water bottle or a tennis ball, which can yield the same results. Plantar fasciitis can cause severe pain and can interfere with completing daily activities. If you are afflicted with this condition, please confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can offer you the correct 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 New England Foot and Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 28 November 2022 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Club foot is a condition that begins when the baby is inside the womb. It is considered to be a rare foot condition and is noticeable as the feet turn in and point down. It happens as a result of a short Achilles tendon and can affect one or both feet. Club foot is generally not painful to babies despite the difficulty in walking if it is not treated. An ultrasound can be performed during the pregnancy, and it can give the parents the opportunity to speak with their doctor about specific treatment methods. A common treatment is referred to as the Ponseti method, and this provides gentle manipulation that stretches the feet into a better position. This is followed by having the baby wear a cast, and the method is repeated approximately every eight weeks. Minor surgery may be necessary to perform on the Achilles tendon when the feet have straightened out, and this can be helpful in loosening this tendon. If you have questions about club foot, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can perform the necessary treatment options that can benefit your child. 

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

It may be surprising, but one area of the body that is often neglected is the feet. When everyday foot care is practiced, the feet can look and feel their best. Investing time in foot care may help to prevent unwanted foot conditions from developing. There are simple and effective methods to implement that consist of washing and drying the feet daily, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Trimming the toenails straight across and not too short is important to possibly prevent an ingrown toenail. Calluses may be minimized by exfoliating the skin on a regular basis and this can be done by gently using a pumice stone. Additionally, this may help improve the overall appearance of the feet. The feet are susceptible to bacterial and fungal growth, which could lead to athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. If you would like more information and have questions about how to perform proper foot care, please consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from New England Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Chelmsford and Newburyport, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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