Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

Sources of Plantar Fasciitis

The strong tendon found on the bottom of the foot which connects the heel to the toes is called the plantar fascia. Inflammation or a tear to this tendon can be quite uncomfortable and result in plantar fasciitis. This condition can be caused by frequently running on uneven surfaces or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Many people who stand for the majority of the day may develop plantar fasciitis, in addition to pregnant women due to the extra weight their feet must bear. While pregnancy is a temporary condition, obesity may be a more permanent one, and this can put constant pressure on the plantar fascia. Studies suggest that people who have poor circulation may slowly develop plantar fasciitis because of the loss of blood flow to the feet. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer you permanent treatment solutions.

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 Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. 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 office located in Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00

Warning Signs of Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is one of the more serious side effects of maintaining high blood sugar levels for a long period of time. Neuropathy brought on by diabetes is the result of damage to the peripheral nerves, blocking the messages that control sensation to the feet. The effect is numbness, tingling, burning pain, and a reduced ability to detect changes in temperature. Weakness in the lower limbs and feet may result in pain, which can be treated with a number of medications. Infections from sores on the feet are commonly associated with peripheral diabetic neuropathy. In many cases, these sores, cuts, or other injuries to the feet become ulcerated because the patient is unable to detect them. Therefore, taking the time each day to inspect the feet, especially the soles, is imperative to ward off further damage. Increasing the level of exercise is thought to be helpful, and some patients receive pain relief from electro-stimulation treatments. If you have diabetes and are experiencing problems in the feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Friday, 12 May 2023 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

High Heels and Foot Conditions

High heels are a popular shoe for many women to wear. They are available in a variety of colors and can add style to any wardrobe. Despite the attraction of wearing high heels, research has shown they may cause certain foot conditions when frequently worn. This may be a result of limited cushioning in the heel area as well as inadequate room for the toes to move freely in. Excess friction may result in corns which can be quite painful. Toenail fungus may happen from the consistent pressure the toes endure from lack of room in the top of the shoe. Additional foot conditions that can happen from wearing high heels may include bunions, hammertoe, and Morton’s neuroma. Wearing this type of shoe may cause ankle instability and may lead to spraining or fracturing an ankle. If you would like more information about the effects that high heels may have on the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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