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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Achilles Tendon Pain

The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles at the back of the ankle. Pain at this location of the leg and foot can be caused from a partial or complete tear, or rupture of the tendon or tendinitis (also known as tendinosis or tendinopathy). Achilles tendinitis can happen when the tendon becomes inflamed. There can be non-insertional Achilles tendinitis, where the fibers in the middle of the tendon become inflamed or insertional Achilles tendinitis, when the fibers in the lower tendon become inflamed. Achilles tendon pain can result in discomfort, swelling in the heel, stiffness in the legs and heel, and restriction of one’s movement. It can occur from excessive or repetitive stress on the ankles and feet. Those who play sports that involve rapid changes in direction or one who suddenly increases the intensity of their exercise are prone to such injuries. This pain can also come on from wearing inappropriate footwear, running on uneven surfaces, foot abnormalities, older age, or being overweight. If you have Achilles tendon pain, consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnosis and treat it.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Beavercreek, Dayton, and Vandalia, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 23 October 2022 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Don't Ignore a Stress Fracture

A stress fracture happens as a result of repetitive use of the feet and can occur from excessive running, walking, or participating in jumping activities. Pain and discomfort often accompany a stress fracture and it can be common for it to be ignored. Many people feel uncomfortable giving up exercising because of a stress fracture, despite knowing that this is temporarily the best thing that can be done to ensure proper healing. There are alternatives to exercises that many people have found to be enjoyable, in addition to maintaining cardiovascular health. These include swimming, cycling, and water aerobics. Additionally, patients can opt to use a stationary bike that has no impact on the feet. It is beneficial to treat a stress fracture by frequently elevating the affected foot and wearing a protective boot can provide adequate stability as well. If you have developed a stress fracture in your foot, please contact a podiatrist for effective relief methods.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Beavercreek, Dayton, and Vandalia, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Three Types of Corns

Many people are surprised by the amount of pain that a corn can cause because they are so small. When they develop on the outside of the pinky toe, it can alter the gait or walking style, and can be quite uncomfortable. This type of corn generally occurs from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, and the pain may gradually subside when a protective covering is worn over it. If it is severe, and causes difficulty in completing daily activities, it may have to be surgically removed. Corns can fit into three categories. A corn on the pinky toe is considered to be a hard corn. This type of corn is the most common, and can also develop on the tops of the toes, or on the balls of the feet. Having dry skin may produce seed corns, and these are often found in clusters. Soft corns are rubbery in texture, and can be found between the toes, which can be a result of the moisture from sweat that can accumulate there. It is beneficial to wear shoes that are larger, which may help to accommodate the corn, and relief may be found when the shoes provide adequate shock absorption. If you have developed corns of any type on your feet, please confer with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this foot condition.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Beavercreek, Dayton, and Vandalia, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Most women are aware of the changes that happen to their bodies during pregnancy, and the feet are no exception. It is common to have swollen feet which typically results from the excess build-up of fluid that occurs due to the growing fetus. Additionally, the medical reason for the feet to undergo changes can be from the natural process of producing the pregnancy hormone called relaxin. This can cause the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to loosen, and the feet may become wider. The legs and feet can experience reduced circulation, so it is beneficial to elevate them frequently during the day. It is essential to wear shoes that fit correctly, and this may help the arch to absorb the shock the feet endure when walking. As the pregnancy progresses, the center of gravity within the body may shift and cause uneven wear and tear on your shoes. Since the feet can endure many changes during pregnancy, it is suggested that you get the expert advice of a podiatrist. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Beavercreek, Dayton, and Vandalia, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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