Find out when you should turn to a podiatrist to treat your heel pain.
While anyone can develop heel pain did you know that women are actually more likely to experience this issue than men? Often times this is due to the footwear choices. Of course, no matter if you are a man or a woman, child or adult, if you are experiencing heel pain then our podiatrists at The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association serving Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI are here to help you figure out what’s going on and how to best treat it.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet, connecting the heel bone with your toes. There are many factors that can affect the health of this tissue, resulting in inflammation or microtears. One common cause is wearing shoes that do not provide the feet with enough support, particularly around the arches. Those who are overweight or obese are also at a risk for developing plantar fasciitis because of the additional weight and pressure being placed on the feet.
Plantar fasciitis is also common in athletes, particularly runners, dancers and those involved in high-impact sports. It is very important that athletes wear the appropriate footwear for their chosen sport.
How can I treat this problem?
For some people, this inflammatory condition is acute, which means that it will go away with the proper care and rest. There are at home steps that your podiatrist may recommend to tackle the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Common at-home measures you can take to treat plantar fasciitis include:
- Taking an over-the-counter painkiller
- Avoiding high-impact activities
- Elevating and resting the foot
- Bracing or splinting the foot to support the arches
- Wearing supportive footwear
- Using custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Performing stretching and strengthening exercises
If your condition is more extreme, or if your symptoms don’t respond to at-home care, then our foot doctor may recommend physical therapy, corticosteroid injections (for severe or unresponsive pain and inflammation), shockwave therapy or surgery (only in rare cases).
Are you dealing with heel pain in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau or LaCrosse, WI? If you are having trouble getting your symptoms under control then it’s time to call in the experts at Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Call us today at (608) 381-3530 to find a podiatrist in your area.
Discover the best methods for relieving your bunion pain.
Bunions are one of the most common foot problems and it’s one that often plagues many Americans, though more common in women. This condition, which causes the joint at the base of the big toe to stick out, can make it painful to put on shoes or even walk around. A bunion deformity is usually progressive, meaning that it gets worse over time. Find out more about bunions and how to manage your symptoms with the help of The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association and our podiatrists serving Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI.
What causes bunions?
There are a few factors that can increase the likelihood of developing a bunion. Genetics, for one, plays a rather large role. If a member of your family deals with bunions, chances are you may too.
If you overpronate or have low arches, this can affect how the weight is distributed throughout the foot as well as affect the stability joint of the big toe. Past foot injuries, as well as certain types of arthritis, can also lead to bunions.
You’ve probably heard people say that wearing high heels can cause bunions. While there is no definitive proof that high heels actually cause bunions, it is important to know that they can certainly make the problem worse. High heels reposition your foot and can put additional pressure on the joint of the big toe, which can make it worse. Opt for shoes that provide your toes enough space to wiggle and move around freely, and avoid heels over 2 inches tall.
How can I prevent bunion pain and other problems?
For some, the key lies in the type of shoes you wear. It’s important that you are providing your feet with the proper and ample support they need throughout the day. No matter whether you are an athlete or on your feet all day for work, it’s important that you protect the health of your feet to prevent pain and deformity from progressing. If you aren’t sure what kinds of shoes are right for you, then talk to our foot doctors to learn more.
Our specialists can also create custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, which can also improve how weight is distributed throughout your feet, particularly when standing, walking or running. This is important, as excessive pressure on the bunion can make it worse. Another option is to splint or brace the foot, which can reposition the big toe and take pressure off the deformed joint, and works well in certain individuals. In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be required to correct the bunion and realign the toe.
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas, contact The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Call us today at (608) 381-3530 to find a podiatrist in your area and schedule a consultation.
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