Podiatry Blog

Posts for: January, 2022

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 27, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Flat Feet   Fallen Arches  
Fallen ArchesFallen arches, better known as flat feet, are more common than you might realize. While many people have flat feet and don’t even know it, others are dealing with regular aches and pains in their feet due to fallen arches. If you think this could be you, a podiatrist can quickly diagnose this problem and provide you with effective strategies to keep fallen arches from also causing you pain.

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
Flat feet can also increase your risk for,
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Lower back pain, hip pain, or knee pain
If you are experiencing pain with movement, trouble walking, or balancing issues, it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist to find out whether flat feet could be to blame.

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,
  • Diabetes
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
How are fallen arches treated?

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
  • Bracing
  • Custom shoes
If your flat feet are causing you to deal with easily achy, sore, and fatigued feet, know that a podiatrist can help you get your foot problems back on track with the proper care. Call your podiatrist today!

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 19, 2022
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Foot Fracture  
Foot Fracture vs. Broken BoneThe simple answer is that there is no difference between a fracture and a break. From shattered bones to hairline cracks, any damage done to the bones of the feet is considered a fracture. No matter what you want to call it, it’s still important that you visit your podiatrist right away for treatment.

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
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Limited mobility or restricted range of motion
  • Trouble bearing weight on the injured foot
  • Weakness
  • Deformity or misshapen foot
Foot pain, particularly after an accident or injury, is a telltale sign of a fractured foot that should be addressed by a podiatrist.

How is a fractured foot treated?
 
How your podiatrist treats your foot fracture will depend on the location, severity, and type. This is why it’s important to visit your foot doctor as soon as possible after injury. Some minor fractures can be treated with home care including:
  • Ample rest
  • Elevation
  • Compression
  • Pain relievers to alleviate pain and swelling
  • Icing
More moderate or severe fractures may require more aggressive treatment options to speed up the recovery process. Additional treatment options include,
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Specialized exercises
  • Splinting
  • Protective shoe or boot
  • Casting, crutches, or immobilization (for more severe fractures)
Don’t ignore the warning signs of a fractured foot. If you are having trouble moving around or you are suddenly experiencing foot pain, particularly after an injury, the first call you should make is to your podiatrist. Call a foot and ankle specialist today to get the care you need.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 07, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Foot Pain   Ankle Pain  

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.

Treatment Options

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:

  • Ice
  • Rest
  • Custom orthotics
  • Protective padding
  • Strength or mobility exercises
  • Compression bandages
  • Night splints
  • Surgery

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.