February 2024

Nighttime Foot Pain

Nighttime foot pain can stem from various sources, including lifestyle factors and medical conditions. Whether it's a dull, persistent ache or a throbbing sensation in different areas of the feet, such discomfort can significantly disrupt sleep and worsen with poor rest. Factors such as prolonged standing or sitting, wearing ill-fitting footwear, and certain sleeping positions can contribute to this discomfort. Additionally, conditions like Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, diabetes, and peripheral neuropathy can all contribute to nocturnal foot pain. Treatment options range from simple lifestyle adjustments, like staying hydrated and performing gentle foot exercises, to medical interventions such as anti-inflammatory medications, special exercises, and orthotics interventions. If you have nighttime foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to address any underlying conditions you might have.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot 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 care needs.

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Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Five Essential Characteristics for Choosing Running Shoes

When selecting running shoes, it is essential to consider several key characteristics to ensure comfort, performance, and injury prevention. First, assess the level of cushioning provided by the shoes, which should offer adequate shock absorption to minimize impact on joints and muscles. Next, consider the level of support and stability the shoes offer, especially if you have specific foot biomechanics or pronation issues. Opt for shoes with a supportive midsole and a secure heel counter to help maintain proper foot alignment. Additionally, pay attention to the shoe's flexibility and responsiveness, as these qualities can enhance agility and energy return during runs. Another important factor is the shoe's breathability, which allows for proper airflow and can help to prevent moisture buildup and blisters. Lastly, ensure a proper fit by trying on shoes in the afternoon when your feet are slightly swollen and leaving a thumb's width of space between your longest toe and the shoe's end. By considering these five characteristics, you can find the ideal pair of running shoes to support your training and performance goals while keeping your feet happy and healthy. If you are seeking additional tips on what to look for in running shoes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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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How to Find Foot Pain Relief From Arthritis

There are multiple varieties of arthritis, and a challenge many of them share in common is foot pain. Arthritic foot care is important to finding relief from arthritis, a condition that has no cure. Luckily, help from a podiatrist, lifestyle modifications, and physical therapy can all contribute to happier feet. If you have foot pain, it is suggested you consult a podiatrist who can provide personalized guidance based on your condition. They may recommend suitable footwear with good arch support and cushioning to reduce pressure on the affected joints. Podiatrists may also recommend regular stretching exercises, such as gentle calf stretches and toe exercises, which can help maintain flexibility and alleviate stiffness in the feet. Lifestyle modifications, such as losing weight and switching to lower-impact exercise, can also be important to arthritic foot care.  Over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be part of the treatment plan, and in some cases, your podiatrist may suggest custom orthotic inserts to provide additional support to your feet. If you are experiencing foot pain from arthritis, it is suggested that you make regular appointments with a podiatrist for ongoing care. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Community Foot Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your 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 tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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