Answers to Your Top Questions About Foot and Ankle Pain
When you’re in pain, it’s hard to focus on anything else. We understand - we can help you get started towards fast relief with these answers to the most common questions we hear about foot and ankle pain in Carolina and get youback to focusing on what actually matters to you.
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What is the recovery time for bunion surgery?
The full recovery time for bunion surgery entirely depends on how severe your deformity was and the type of procedure used to correct it. The worse your bump and the more complicated the surgery, the longer it will take to recover. Normal healing time takes several months. You’ll start by wearing a cast, special boot, or protective shoe. In some cases you may be able to put some weight on the foot after the procedure, but in other cases, you will not.
Once the tissues inside your foot have mostly recovered, you’ll be able to put more weight and pressure on the lower limb. As your foot improves, you’ll need to recondition your lower limbs to return to your activities. This step is especially important if you are an athlete. The success of your post-surgery recovery really depends on many different factors—and how well you care for your foot is a big one. Follow all your post-op instructions to improve your healing. Our team at Carolina Podiatry Group can help you with this. Use our website or call to make an appointment to discuss bunion surgery: (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill, SC; or (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster, SC.
How do you treat intoeing?
In most cases, you don’t actually need to treat intoeing. This gait abnormality is common in children and has several different causes behind it, including metatarsus adductus, tibial torsion, and femoral anteversion. These issues frequently resolve on their own as your child improves his or her walking and as he or she gets older. Special braces, shoes, and even physical therapy do not help improve tibial torsion or femoral anteversion.
Metatarsus adductus that doesn’t resolve on its own, however, can be treated with stretching and casting, much like the treatments for clubfoot. The curved feet will be stretched out, then put in casts or special shoes to hold them in place as they grow. Very rarely does this require surgery to fix. If the other causes for intoeing last beyond age ten, lead to trouble walking, or create discomfort, your child might need surgery to address the inward twist in the leg bones. If you’re concerned about your child’s intoeing, let our experts at Carolina Podiatry Group investigate it and put your mind at ease. Call us to ask for more information: (803) 548-FEET for our Fort Mill office or (803) 285-1411 for our Lancaster location.
What is the difference between a fracture and break?
Although many people think they are slightly different, in reality there is no difference between a fracture and a break. A fractured bone is a broken bone. One is not worse than the other. You develop this injury when something forces the hard tissue past the weight or strain it can support, causing it to snap. The damage can range from a simple crack to more serious, multiple-fracture damage. The ends of the bone can either stay in place or get bumped out of alignment.
To be able to heal correctly, the bones have to be aligned well and held still enough to recover and grow back together. Most likely this will mean wearing a special boot or a cast for several weeks while your foot recovers. The extent of the problem will depend on how serious the original break was. The more serious the fracture, the longer it will take to heal. Let our team at Carolina Podiatry Group help you deal with broken bones in your foot. Make an appointment right away by calling directly: (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill or (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster.
Could running shoes cause foot pain?
Unfortunately, running shoes cause foot pain for runners all too often. This typically isn’t the case when shoes are well-fitted and match your foot type. Shoes that don’t fit correctly, or are different from pairs you normally wear, can cause significant injuries and discomfort. For example, a shoe that doesn’t have the right support for your arch or that isn’t stable enough for your feet allows you to develop faulty, painful biomechanics.
Suddenly switching to a new style of shoe—even if the change is minor—can have a profound impact as well. Your feet need time to get used to striking the ground differently. Even as little a difference as a slight drop in the cushioning in your heel can make running uncomfortable. Runners who transition from traditional running shoes to minimalist gear too quickly often notice this. Many develop serious injuries, like stress fractures and Achilles tendon issues. If you notice running problems and are concerned that it’s your shoes, let Carolina Podiatry Group check. Contact us for an appointment and eliminate your pain. Use our web request form, or call one of our South Carolina locations: (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill, or (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster.
Is my injury an ankle sprain or a fracture?
Telling whether you may have an ankle sprain or a fracture can be harder than you might think, especially without X-rays. A moderate to severe sprain and a fracture have many common symptoms. They’re both sudden, painful injuries. You may or may not hear a popping sound when either occurs. Both cause swelling, bruising, tenderness, and weakness. You may or may not be able to walk around with either injury.
The problem is most likely a sprain if following RICE—rest, ice, compress, and elevate—for a few hours or even days helps alleviate the intensity of the symptoms. Putting weight on the foot after a period of rest, or pressing on high-risk areas like the lower tips, tops, and sides of the inner and outer ankle bones, should hurt less with time and home care. If there is persistent pain in these high-risk areas, even after a period of home care, it’s more likely a fracture. The Carolina Podiatry Group team can take an X-ray to confirm this. Let our staff help care for your injury. Use the web contact form or call to reach us: (803) 285-1411 for the Lancaster office or (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill.
How do I know if I have flat feet?
Flat feet characteristics are typically distinct and easy to identify. The most telling factor is when you stand or walk. If you have flat feet, the middle of your foot—your arch—will flatten out. It may roll inward when you take a step, too. Other characteristics include a heel that may appear to point outward at the ankle and a flexible, even floppy, midfoot. You may also have tight calf muscles, which affect your biomechanics and flatten the arches.
Not everyone develops pain from their flat feet, but discomfort can be a sign of the condition. Your lower limbs may fatigue more easily. Typically the arch aches, though you may also have uncomfortable calves, insides of the ankles, and outer sides of the feet. If you’re concerned you have flat feet, or are experiencing lower limb pain, let Carolina Podiatry Group help you. Contact our Lancaster and Fort Mill offices by calling—(803) 285-1411 for Lancaster, or (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill—or by using our website.
What are some common sports injuries?
Any painful conditions that develop as a result of participating in sports are considered sports injuries. These can be broken down into traumatic and overuse injuries. Traumatic conditions develop suddenly from direct impacts or other accidents to the feet. These can include black toenails, all kinds of fractures, ankle sprains, connective tissue or muscle ruptures, and turf toe. Overuse issues develop slowly over time as the result of feet being overwork and strained. These include shin splints, overpronation or supination pain, Sever’s disease, plantar fasciitis, sesamoiditis, metatarsalgia, corns and calluses, blisters, stress fractures, and tendonitis, among other things.
If you’ve developed foot or ankle pain while playing sports, odds are high you developed a sports injury. Don’t wait to seek help and end up on the bench for the rest of your season. Contact Carolina Podiatry Group—serving the Lancaster, Fort Mill, and Chester, South Carolina areas—for an appointment to take care of your pain. Use the website or call to reach us: (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster, or (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill.
Why does my child have flat feet?
Flat feet in children are actually quite common. It takes time for your child’s arch to develop, and some feet take longer to grow than others. The tissues that hold the bones together may be loose, too, allowing the arch to spread and flatten. Many children develop an arched midfoot as they get older and their feet mature. Sometimes, however, the arches never form and your child has naturally flat feet. This can be completely painless for some children and uncomfortable for others. Whether the condition needs treatment or just to be monitored will largely depend on your son or daughter’s discomfort.
Occasionally a more serious problem than a naturally low midfoot can lead to flat feet in children. Tarsal coalition is a problem of two separate tarsal bones fusing together. This creates a stiff, flat midfoot that can be very uncomfortable for a child. No matter what the source of the flat feet, though, if it’s causing pain, your child needs to be treated. Let Carolina Podiatry Group help with that. Use our website or call to make an appointment with us: (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster, SC, or (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill, SC.
Will tendon surgery affect my range of motion?
While you’re recovering from Achilles tendon surgery, your foot’s range of motion will decrease. Once the tissue is healed enough to begin physical therapy, however, you can slowly regain it back. An early repair is key, however. The sooner you complete the surgery and begin your physical therapy, the more function will be restored to the limb. One study even suggested that “early motion”—early therapy to move the ankle and the Achilles shortly after surgery—followed by regular physical therapy helps restore the majority of your pre-injury strength and flexibility in just a few months.
Rehabilitation after surgery is crucial for a full recovery. Our expert physicians, Dr. Brandon S. Percival, Dr. Julie A. Percival, and Dr. William Harris will see you through both the surgery and the critical follow-up care. Contact Carolina Podiatry Group in Lancaster and Fort Mill, SC, for an appointment to take care of your lower limbs the right way. Just call (803) 285-1411 for the Lancaster office, or (803) 548-FEET feet for the Fort Mill location.
Why do I have a bump on the back of the heel?
A hard, painful bump on the back of the heel is usually a bony protrusion called Haglund’s deformity. There are a couple of potential root causes for this bump. It could be part of the natural shape of your heel bone, or the result of tension and pulling on the back of the foot from over-tight tendons. Usually, though, the bump appears when stiff-backed shoes press and rub against the heel bone and aggravate the back of the foot. High heels are notorious for the problem, giving rise to its second name—the pump bump, where the soft tissues in the area swell and thicken. Sometimes you develop bursitis between the bone and the Achilles tendon as well.
Taking care of this bump, especially early on, can help shrink it down and become significantly less painful. In most cases this can be done using entirely conservative methods. Let Carolina Podiatry Group help you deal with the discomfort. Call our Lancaster and Fort Mill, South Carolina, offices to make an appointment with us: (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill, and (803) 285-1411 for Lancaster.