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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Can orthotics help correct high arches?
Orthotics are often an ideal treatment option for people with high arches. In some cases, simple over-the-counter padded insoles may bring pain relief, although you’ll usually get the best results with a custom orthotic device.
Custom orthotics are created from a mold of your foot and are specially designed to address your unique foot concerns and problems. For a person with high arches, the right orthotic can provide extra support for your arches, additional stability for your ankles, and the extra cushioning you’ll need to distribute impact forces and minimize pain. They can even help you correct or accommodate for associated gait abnormalities or mechanical flaws that may lead to pain or injury while running or playing sports.
If your high arches are causing you pain or contributed to an injury, please visit the experts at Carolina Podiatry Group for evaluation and treatment. With experience in a wide variety of both conservative and surgical treatment options, they’ll help craft the best possible approach for your situation. Request an appointment online, or call 888-285-1411.
What kinds of conditions do orthotics help?
Your legs, ankles and feet function effectively when they are aligned vertically. Any deviation from that line can cause pain in feet and ankles. Some of the most common conditions are plantar fasciitis (chronic heel pain), metatarsalgia (forefoot pain), and arch pain from flat feet or high arches. These foot issues can also cause pain further up, contributing to shin splints, knee and IT band issues, even hip and lower back pain.
Custom orthotics give support where your foot needs it and realign your foot and ankle into a more neutral line. These functional supports help prevent pain by keeping motion of bones, tendons and ligaments within their normal range of motion.
Accommodative orthotics cushion and protect diabetic foot sores. Heel supports help with Achilles tendon problems, while orthotic braces help stabilize joints of those with rheumatoid arthritis. Even the cushioning pads used for bunions, corns, and in the forefoot for metatarsalgia can be defined as foot orthoses.
If you have foot pain and are wondering if some sort of foot support might benefit you, give Carolina Podiatry Group a call at (803) 285-1411 in Lancaster or (803) 548-FEET (3338) in Fort Mill, SC and we’ll help you find out.
What is a bone spur?
A bone spur is the result of calcium deposits that build up and form a bump on existing bone tissue. These growths do not have any actual symptoms or cause discomfort on their own—so you could easily have one without even knowing—but you might experience pain when a spur presses against soft tissue. This is especially the case for spurs that develop in the feet and face pressure from footwear, especially in the heel area.
The majority of treatments for bone spurs are centered on alleviating the pain and any other issues that may arise. These are often conservative in nature, but a bone spur that presses against a nerve or restricts your range of motion may need to be removed with surgery.
No matter what kind of treatment you need, you can find peace of mind knowing that Carolina Podiatry Group is here for you. Our expert staff will begin with nonsurgical methods to ease the pain, but are also highly-skilled at foot surgery for when such procedures are necessary. Contact us today by calling our Lancaster, SC office at (803) 285-1411, our Fort Mills office at (803) 548-FEET (3338), or our Chester office at (803) 285-1411.
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.
How can I prevent heel pain?
Heel pain has a lot of potential causes, and not all of them may be preventable. If your heel hurts in the morning when you first get up, though, there are ways you can help minimize or even prevent the discomfort. During the day, wear supportive, well-fitted shoes with cushioned heels. Stretch periodically, particularly focusing on the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia. Add in some stretches and foot exercises right before bed, and when you first wake up in the morning.
The condition that causes heel pain first thing in the morning, plantar fasciitis, is an overuse problem, so make sure you condition your feet for your exercise. Pay attention to when they ache or get tired, and let your feet rest as much as possible when they reach that point. It’s much nicer for you to prevent heel pain than to have to treat it. Let Carolina Podiatry Group help you take care of your feet. Use our website to reach our South Carolina offices for an appointment. You can also call us directly: (803) 285-1411 for the Lancaster location, or (803) 548-FEET for Fort Mill.
Why does my heel hurt in the morning?
The most common reason your heel hurts in the morning is plantar fasciitis. This is inflammation, thickening, and stiffening in the ligament band called the plantar fascia, which stretches from your heel bone to your toes. This band helps your foot absorb shock, but it can become aggravated under too much pressure. As the band swells and stiffens, it pulls on your heel bone, causing pain.
This is worst in the morning because the plantar fascia tends to swell over night while you sleep. Then, as you stand to your feet when you first wake up, the band is forced to stretch out suddenly. This causes the sharp pain you feel. Depending on how thick and tight the band is, you may even develop micro-tears in the tissue. If you’re struggling with heel pain, particularly first thing in the morning, you should have your foot checked for plantar fasciitis. The Carolina Podiatry Group staff can help you diagnose and take care of this condition. Just contact our South Carolina offices for an appointment. You can use the website request form, or you can reach us at (803) 285-1411 for our Lancaster office, or (803) 548-FEET for the Fort Mill location.
What are the best stretches for heel pain?
Plantar Fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain, occurs when the band of tissues connecting your heel to your toes becomes inflamed. This can hinder your daily activities, but there are some simple stretches that you can do to ease your discomfort.
First, lean against a wall with your leg straight behind you and your heel pushed toward the floor. Now try standing on a step with your heels hanging over the edge, and push them downward. Next, roll a can from your toes to your heel and back to loosen and massage the bottom of your foot. If you have a towel handy, place it on the floor in front of you, grip it with your toes, and pull it toward you. Now take a seat, loop the towel around your foot and pull the ends towards your body. You can also just grab your toes and flex them toward your shin.
For more stretching tips, contact Brandon Percival, DPM, Julie Percival, DPM, and William Harris IV, DPM of Carolina Podiatry Group, Inc. Visit one of our locations in Lancaster, Fort Mill, or Chester, SC, or call (803) 548-FEET today.