Your feet are always moving, which is a good thing. However, overuse or neglect can occasionally lead to pesky problems. And of these, three of the most frequent offenders can also be resistant to treatment.
Your Next Step is a podiatry practice that emphasizes comprehensive patient education. In light of that, we’ve devoted this post to the big three of foot health foes: Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, and Bunions. We cover what they are, how to prevent them, and management strategies for when they give you grief.
Achilles Tendonitis: Bad Feels in Your Heels
Achilles tendonitis is a form of inflammation that strikes the band connecting your calf muscle to your heel bone. This condition is a frequent issue for runners and athletes, often caused by repetitive strain or sudden increases in activity.
- Like many sports injuries, tendonitis responds well to R-I-C-E (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
- Once the pain subsides, gentle calf stretches and isometric exercises can improve flexibility and prevent future flare-ups.
- Footwear matters! Ditch high heels and select supportive shoes with good cushioning.
- Powerful modern treatments have shown to be quite effective in some cases, including AF injections and Tenex ultrasound treatments.
Plantar Fasciitis: Pain in the Morning, Aches Through the Day
This condition causes pain through the band of tissue running along the sole of your foot. Overuse, poor-fitting shoes, and flat feet can trigger it.
- Night splints stretch the plantar fascia while you sleep, easing morning pain.
- Massage and physical therapy can loosen the tissue and improve flexibility.
- Supportive shoes and orthotics bolster the arch and provide valuable cushioning.
Bunion Blues: When Your Big Toe Goes Rogue
Bunions are bony bumps at the base of the big toe, often due to tight-fitting shoes or genetics.
- Wider shoes with a deep toe box: Give your toes the space they crave.
- Pads and splints can cushion the bunion and prevent rubbing against shoes.
- In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the joint.
Think you might be suffering from one of these unpleasant conditions? Allow us to assist! Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, Dr. Aliza V. Eisen, and Dr. Cassandra Stache are ready to help you step forward on sturdier, pain-free feet. Schedule your appointment by contacting us today!