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By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
September 20, 2022
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: Podiatrist   Sports Injury  

Sports injuries happen, and your feet and ankles are especially vulnerable. Your feet and ankles are overworked to begin with, and if you play a sport with a lot of running or high levels of foot stress, it adds to your risk of injury. Fortunately, your podiatrist is just the person to see when you’ve experienced a sports injury to your feet or ankles.

Sometimes a sports injury will heal by itself. For mild sports injuries, you can try:

  • Elevating and resting the area to take weight and stress off of it
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication

More severe sports injuries should be seen by your podiatrist. So, when should you see a podiatrist for a sports injury? You should have an examination by a podiatrist if you:

  • Experience severe pain or swelling
  • Are unable to put weight on the injured area
  • Notice differences in your foot or ankle structure
  • Heard popping or snapping when you injured yourself
  • Feel tingling, numbness, or weakness in your foot or ankle

Sports injuries involving feet and ankles are common, and the most common injuries include:

Plantar fasciitis, which causes pain on your heel and down the side of your foot; runners and joggers often have this injury.

Shin splints, which cause pain running down the front of your leg, next to the tibia; leg stress without proper stretching can cause shin splints.

Dislocated or fractured bones, which cause swelling, bruising, severe pain and loss of function; impact sports like soccer and football can cause this injury.

Tendon or ligament tears or strain, which causes severe pain and instability; leg stress without proper stretching can cause this injury.

Toenail injuries, which causes pressure under your toenail and moderate to severe toe pain; impact sports like soccer, football, and basketball can cause this injury.

When you visit your podiatrist, treatment recommendations may include:

  • Orthotics for plantar fasciitis and other conditions
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Assistive devices like casts and crutches to take the weight off of your injury
  • Surgical treatment to realign fractured or broken bones
  • Physical therapy to help you regain mobility and strength

If you experience a sports injury involving your feet or ankles, don’t wait. See your podiatrist today.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
May 19, 2022
Category: Foot Condition

Are you dealing with a nasty case of plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is a frustrating little problem, especially if you are someone who values their morning run or daily exercise routine. Even if you aren’t what you’d call an avid exerciser, you may still find that your heel pain makes moving around and going about your day more complicated than you would like. A podiatrist is the best medical specialist to turn to when heel pain becomes an issue.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes inflammation within the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs the length of the foot along the soles from the toes to the heels and provides the arches of your feet with support and shock absorption. Unfortunately, microtears within the tissue can occur gradually over time (common in runners), leading to irritation and inflammation.

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Those with plantar fasciitis may notice that their heel pain is at its worst first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting or standing. The tricky thing is that the pain often subsides throughout the day, making you think you can get in your run or regular workout routine after all. The only problem with that is that the heel pain often comes back with a vengeance after exercising. Along with heel pain, you may also notice painful or aching arches.

When Should I See a Podiatrist About My Heel Pain?

We know that no one wants to make an unnecessary trip to see their podiatrist unless the situation warrants it. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you are experiencing heel pain or any symptoms, it is important that you always seek immediate medical care to prevent the issue from getting worse.

While most healthy individuals will be able to handle their heel pain on their own, it’s also important to know when you need proper and more comprehensive care from a podiatrist. It’s important to turn to a podiatrist right away if you have severe pain, pain that makes it impossible to walk or put weight on the foot, numbness or tingling in the heel or foot, or heel pain caused by an injury.

If at-home care isn’t easing your heel pain after five days, then you should also give us a call so that we can create a more effective treatment plan for you.

Don’t let heel pain drag you down. If you are having trouble managing your symptoms and they are impacting your everyday activities and quality of life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with a podiatrist.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
April 13, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

When should you turn to a podiatrist for care?

There are many reasons why people turn to podiatrists. After all, our feet and ankles deserve the same lovin’ care that you provide to the rest of your body. Wondering if it’s time to see a podiatrist (chances are good you could benefit from a visit)? You may want to turn to one for,

Injury Prevention

You turn to your dentist for routine checkups to prevent cavities and gum disease from happening so why wouldn’t you do the same thing with a podiatrist? By coming in once a year for a comprehensive evaluation, a podiatrist can examine your feet, discuss your lifestyle and determine if there are additional measures you should be taking to prevent injuries and other foot problems. A podiatrist can be as much preventive as they can be a great source for treatment. Athletes and active individuals can particularly benefit from undergoing preventive care with a podiatrist.

Bunion Treatment

Bunions are common foot deformities that can continue to enlarge and impact the structure and function of your feet. A podiatrist wants to prevent individuals from needing surgery in the future, which means coming in the minute you suspect that you have a bunion so that they can provide simple lifestyle changes that can slow the progression of the deformity. Simple lifestyle changes can go a long way to improving bunion symptoms.

Foot and Ankle Injuries

Dealing with an injury? If so, you definitely want to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can diagnose and treat the injury. While you may be able to treat minor injuries on your own with rest and home care, it’s often best to play it safe and turn to an expert who can figure out the extent of the injury so you can get the customized care you deserve.

Persistent Joint Pain

Dealing with painful, stiff or inflamed joints in your foot or ankle that won’t go away? This could be a sign of arthritis, a progressive chronic condition that can cause permanent joint damage if you don’t take the necessary steps to manage it. A podiatrist can craft the perfect treatment plan to improve your symptoms, which may include medications to slow the progression of the disease. A podiatrist is going to be the best medical professional to have on your treatment plan if you have arthritis.

When in doubt, call your local podiatrist to find out if the issues or concerns you’re facing require a professional opinion. A podiatrist can answer your questions, diagnose your issues and provide you with the treatment you need.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
July 20, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Podiatrist   Ingrown Toenail  
Ingrown NailWhile minor aches and pains in your feet probably won’t have you rushing to the podiatrist’s office for care, certain seemingly innocuous foot problems might require a professional’s touch. Take ingrown toenails, for example. While you may be able to soothe and ease the pain on your own, it’s also important to recognize when an ingrown toenail may require treatment from a podiatrist.

What is an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the skin, causing redness, swelling, and pain. While this can happen to any toenail, it more commonly affects the big toe. While a minor ingrown toenail for an otherwise healthy individual may not be a cause for concern, some situations warrant turning to a podiatrist for care.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you notice any of these signs of an infected ingrown toenail it’s time to visit a foot doctor:
  • Increased pain, swelling, or redness
  • Skin that’s hard to the touch
  • Odor
  • Pus or drainage coming from the nail
If the ingrown toenail hasn’t gotten better in a couple of days this also warrants seeing a podiatrist. People with compromised immune systems, diabetes, or nerve damage in their feet should come in right away for care (and should not try to simply treat the problem themselves). Ignoring these issues when they occur could lead to more dangerous infections or complications.

Can you prevent ingrown toenails?

There are things you can do to reduce your risk of developing an ingrown toenail. Some of these steps include:
  • Not picking, pulling, or tearing your toenails (especially torn edges)
  • Making sure that you are trimming your nails straight across (never curved) and that you keep them level with the tips of your toes
  • Wearing shoes that have a large toe box and don’t bunch up your toes (shoes with a pointed toe will put too much pressure on the toenails)
  • Wearing the appropriate footwear for certain activities, such as construction work or sports, to prevent injuries
If you are experiencing symptoms of an infected ingrown toenail, or if you have never dealt with an ingrown toenail before, turn to your podiatrist for a proper evaluation and treatment plan. No problem is too small for a foot and ankle specialist to tackle.
By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
March 31, 2021
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

Do you know when it's a good idea to call your Springfield, and Bellefontaine, OH, podiatrists at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists? Getting in touch with your foot doctors may be a good idea if you experience any of these foot or ankle issues.

Ingrown toenail

It doesn't take long for a tiny edge of your toenail to become embedded in the skin surrounding your nail. If you can't gently free the nail, or you notice signs of infection, like red streaks or pus, make an appointment with your podiatrist. He or she can perform a minor procedure to remove the trapped part of the nail.

Toenail fungus

Over-the-counter antifungal products don't always work because they can't reach the deeper layers of your toenail and the nail bed. Your podiatrist offers stronger prescription topical products that kill toenail fungus. Oral anti-fungal medication can be helpful if topical products aren't effective.

Diabetic foot issues

Diabetes slows healing, making it more likely that a small cut or a burst blister will become infected. Call your Springfield, and Bellefontaine, OH, foot doctors as soon as you notice an open sore or wound. Prompt treatment can help prevent the infection from spreading to your leg.

Pain in your foot or ankle

Nearly everyone experiences foot or ankle pain occasionally. With a little rest, most aches and pains soon subside. If your pain is severe, doesn't go away in a week or two, or you have trouble walking or standing, give your podiatrists a call. Foot or ankle pain can be caused by:

  • Falls and injuries
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stone bruises
  • Corns and calluses
  • Flat feet
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoe
  • Plantar warts
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis

Leg or back pain

Pain in your back or leg may actually be caused by an issue with your foot. If you have flat feet, a foot imbalance, or turn your feet too far inward when you walk, your feet may not be able to keep your body properly aligned. As a result, you may experience pain in your feet, ankles, legs, hips, or back. Fortunately, it's easy to correct the problem by adding orthotics to your shoes. These prescription shoe inserts support, align and cushion your foot, easing your pain.

Do you have a problem with your feet or ankles? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists in Springfield, and Bellefontaine, OH. Call the experts at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists by dialing (937) 599-3668 for the Bellefontaine office, or (937) 322-3346 for the Springfield office.