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Spending a long night standing in high heels or stiff loafers is a recipe for heel pain, but if you are feeling constant or long-lasting discomfort on the bottom of your foot, simply changing into your slippers won't bring relief.
Pain on the underside of your foot is common and treatable, but it may take some trial and error to find the best method for you. At Family Foot and Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, our podiatrists will work with you to end heel pain.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, happens when the tissue connecting the toes to the heel bone becomes irritated. This can result in swelling, stiffness, and pain ranging from mild to intense.
If you commonly wear high-heeled, narrow, pointed toe, or flimsy shoes you are more prone to heel pain. Being overweight or putting constant pressure on your foot with activities like running or jumping are also potential sources of heel pain.
When should I seek treatment for heel pain?
If your discomfort is making it difficult to stand or walk or preventing you from doing physical activities, have the podiatrists at our Chandler, AZ office evaluate your heel pain. We will examine your foot and check for tenderness or swelling before developing a custom treatment plan.
What can be done to treat my heel pain?
Usually, discomfort can be solved with at-home remedies, including one or more of the following:
- Switching to low impact exercise
- Avoiding high heeled or non-cushioned shoes
- Wearing supportive, well-fitting footwear
- Stretching your arches
- Using a splint while sleeping
Treatments for heel pain done in our Chandler, AZ, office, such as physical therapy or a cortisone injection, may also be necessary. In rare cases a surgical procedure might be advised.
Trust the heel pain experts at our Chandler, AZ, office to have you up and about -- comfortably -- in no time. Call Family Foot and Ankle Care at 480-732-0033.
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
- Pus or drainage coming from the nail
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
Foot and ankle problems make walking, standing, and carrying out your usual daily activities difficult. Fortunately, your podiatrists in Chandler, AZ, at Family Foot & Ankle Care offer helpful treatments for a variety of foot and ankle conditions.
Do you know when to make an appointment with your Chandler, AZ, foot doctor?
It's a good idea to schedule an appointment if you experience any of these issues:
- A Foot or Ankle Injury: Pain and swelling due to an injury may gradually get better if you stay off your feet as much as possible for a few days. If your pain is severe or hasn't decreased in a week or two, it's a good idea to see a podiatrist. If you force yourself to carry out your usual schedule despite the pain, you may very well end up regretting your decision. If injuries aren't treated promptly, pain or mobility issues could become chronic and affect your ability to walk, stand, or move easily.
- Pain: Pain is a common complaint in foot and ankle conditions ranging from ingrown toenails to retrocalcaneal bursitis to plantar fasciitis. As pain is a sign that something isn't quite right, it should never be ignored.
- Changes in the Appearance of Your Feet or Ankles: Does your foot or ankle look deformed after a fall or accident? You may have dislocated or broken a bone. Get in touch with your podiatrist as soon as possible if you suspect a broken or dislocated bone. Do you have a bump at the base of your big toe (bunion) or a bent toe (hammertoe)? Your podiatrist offers treatments that improve the alignment of your toe and reduce your pain.
- Infection: Redness, red streaks, pus, and warmth can be signs of an infected wound, as can a fever. Call your podiatrist right away if you notice any of these signs. If you're a diabetic, a foot infection could lead to serious health complications. Don't attempt to treat wounds at home if you have diabetes, as they may be more likely to become infected.
- Unusual Sensations: Does your foot feel cold, warm, or numb? Do you have a tingling or pins-or-needles sensation in your feet? These symptoms could indicate a problem with your nerves or circulation and should be evaluated as soon as possible.
Ease your pain with a visit to your Chandler, AZ, podiatrists. Call Family Foot & Ankle Care at (480) 732-0033 to schedule your appointment.
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
Notice that your feet have been under a lot of pressure and pain lately? Do they ache constantly and make it hard to walk around? This could be a sign of a foot condition known as arthritis. Most people assume arthritis can occur only in the ankle, but actually, it can occur anywhere there is a joint. What this means is that you could also be suffering from arthritis pain in your toes. This is because the toes have joints, so they are just as susceptible to the condition.
Arthritis is a term that can be used broadly. There are multiple types of arthritis that can occur in the toe. It could simply be arthritis due to the cartilage wearing away which allows the bones to rub together, or it could be from a different type of arthritis.
So, What Is It?
Toe arthritis is the inflammation of the toe joint. More often than not, it affects the big toe. The other toes can be affected as well. Broken or sprained toes, gout, and osteoporosis can all cause toe arthritis.
Who Is at Risk?
Those who are overweight, are fifty-five and older, have suffered a traumatic past injury, are or were in sports, or who have a family history of arthritis are at risk.
The first symptom of toe arthritis is pain. At first, it can be general discomfort, but over time it can increase to extreme unbearable pain. Another common symptom of this condition is stiffness in the joint. The stiffer the joint, the harder it is to move. Swelling is another symptom of arthritis of the toe. This particular symptom can make it hard for you to fit into your shoes. Clicking and popping noises are the fourth symptom of arthritis. These sounds are caused by the deterioration of cartilage in the joints.
Other symptoms can also occur when you have toe arthritis. In general, if your toe starts to be painful, look different or feel different, then it is time to see your podiatrist. Arthritis isn’t the only problem your toe could be facing. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. The number is 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Arthritis can be debilitating – let us help you get back on your feet.