Posts for: January, 2022
What are some complications of fallen arches?
Some people have fallen arches but never experience any issues; however, sometimes fallen arches can lead to,
- Foot, heel, and arch pain, particularly when standing or walking
- Muscle pain
- Leg cramps
- Shooting leg pains that start at the soles of the feet
- Swelling of the feet or tenderness in the soles
- Plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Bone spurs
- Lower back pain, hip pain, or knee pain
What causes fallen arches?
Arches develop around the age of 2 or 3 years old; however, sometimes arches never develop. Genetics can increase your risk for flat feet. Sometimes injuries or other foot problems can cause flat feet to develop as an adult. Certain conditions can also increase your risk for flat feet including,
- Cerebral palsy
- Achilles tendonitis
- High blood pressure
- Rheumatoid arthritis
If fallen arches do not cause any problems then you don’t really need to do anything about them; however, it is important to recognize whether certain issues you’re dealing with could be the result of fallen arches. If so, your podiatrist may recommend a wide range of nonsurgical treatment options including,
- Nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Orthotics and arch support
- Stretching exercises
- Custom shoes
What are the types of fractures?
There are different kinds of foot fractures based on the type of bone that’s impacted. Fractures can impact the toes, heel, sesamoid bone, and metatarsal bone, as well as the ankles. Stress fractures are hairline fractures that occur as a result of repeated stress placed on the foot. This is common in athletes.
What are the warning signs of a fractured foot?
There are certain symptoms to be on the lookout for if you suspect that you might have a fractured foot. Some signs of a foot fracture include:
- Pain that gets worse with movement
- Limited mobility or restricted range of motion
- Trouble bearing weight on the injured foot
- Deformity or misshapen foot
How is a fractured foot treated?
- Ample rest
- Pain relievers to alleviate pain and swelling
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Specialized exercises
- Protective shoe or boot
- Casting, crutches, or immobilization (for more severe fractures)
Foot and ankle pain can affect mobility and make it difficult to do the things you normally do. If you are dealing with foot or ankle pain, we can help. In Bellefontaine, Springfield, and London, OH, foot and ankle pain treatments are available at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our highly skilled podiatrists, Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons, can diagnose and treat the cause of your foot or ankle pain.
Causes of Foot Pain
Foot pain can have many different causes, from an acute injury to a chronic condition that developed gradually over time due to repeated stress on the feet. Some foot conditions that often cause pain include:
Bunions: A bony protrusion on the side of the foot is often caused by a dislocated big toe joint. Pain and inflammation can develop when bunions rub against the interior of the shoes.
Plantar Fasciitis: A condition in which the plantar fascia tissue along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Pain is usually felt at the bottom of the heel, as well as along the arch of the foot.
Achilles Tendinitis: A condition in which the Achilles tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone becomes strained or inflamed. Pain is usually felt at the back of the heel.
Heel Spurs: Bony growths on the bottom of the heel are caused by calcium deposits.
Fractures: A fractured or broken bone in the foot can cause pain.
Morton’s Neuroma: A condition in which there is a thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerve that leads to the toes. Pain can be felt in the ball of the foot.
Causes of Ankle Pain
In addition to foot pain and discomfort, certain types of injuries and conditions can lead to pain in the ankle. One common cause of ankle pain is a sprain, which occurs when the foot and ankle move in different directions. The incompatible movements can over-stretch or tear the ligaments in the ankle and cause pain. Other causes of ankle pain include arthritis, fractured bone, and bursitis.
It is important to seek treatment for foot and ankle pain. Failing to treat certain types of injuries or conditions could result in improper healing and long-term problems, such as chronic pain or instability.
We treat all types of foot and ankle pain at our Bellefontaine, Springfield, and London, OH, area offices. Our experienced podiatrists can recommend an appropriate treatment approach based on your specific injury or condition. Examples of some of the methods used for treating different foot and ankle conditions include:
- Custom orthotics
- Protective padding
- Strength or mobility exercises
- Compression bandages
- Night splints
If foot or ankle pain is affecting you, we can help. For the treatment of foot and ankle pain in Bellefontaine, Springfield, or London, OH, schedule a consultation with Dr. Anderson, Dr. Jennings, or Dr. Simmons by calling Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists at (937) 599-3668 for Bellefontaine or at (937) 322-3346 for Springfield.