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Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is thought to be the most common cause of heel pain. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain under the heel that also radiates into the arch and tenderness on the sole of the foot when it is touched. Another symptom is pain that is worse in the morning, wears off as the day progresses, but returns later. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs under the foot from the toes to the heels. Overuse from repetitive activity aggravates the plantar fascia and causes inflammation. It is common to athletes, dancers, runners, but also may be the result of poor foot biomechanics. Overpronation of the feet, when the foot rolls inward, increases pressure on the plantar fascia. High arches also contribute to this condition, because the foot is not able to properly cushion the force caused by an activity. Other causes of plantar fasciitis include shoes that offer little support or cushioning, carrying too much body weight, and tight calf and other leg muscles. If you have heel pain that matches the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist for a checkup and treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Saturday, 27 August 2022 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 00:00

Getting to the Root of Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by a variety of conditions. Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury and the leading cause of heel pain. This is where the plantar fascia tissue on the bottom of the foot—which connects the heel bone with the toes—is overly stressed or torn, and becomes inflamed. Stress on the heel bone, caused by plantar fasciitis, can also trigger a reactionary response in the body where calcium deposits (heel spurs) build up on the heel bone over time. However, heel spurs are not always symptomatic. If a growing child experiences heel pain, they may have Sever’s disease, an inflammation of the growth plate at the back of the heel. Another type of heel pain can be caused by irritation and inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) at the back of the ankle where the heel connects with the Achilles tendon. This is known as bursitis. Heel pain can also be caused by a nerve leading to the heel that becomes compressed, bumps and bruises, and even systemic diseases like gout and arthritis. If you are experiencing any kind of heel pain, have your condition properly diagnosed and treated by a podiatrist.


 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Gout

Gout is a common form of inflammatory arthritis that can be extremely painful. It generally attacks a joint in the body, frequently the big toe. The joint becomes inflamed during what is termed a flare-up. Usually the inflammation recedes after a few days or a week. Symptoms of gout are pain, redness, swelling, tenderness to touch, and heat. Men are more likely to have gout than women. Obesity, genetics, high blood pressure, consuming high levels of alcohol, and eating foods rich in purines are risk factors. Purines are contained in red meat, organ meat, and some seafood. The purines break down into uric acid, which then can crystallize in the joint and result in inflammation. While there is not a cure for gout, it can be treated. If you have frequent problems with gout in the big toe, please see a podiatrist for more information and possible treatment options.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Uncomfortable Plantar Hyperhidrosis

There are many people whose feet get sweaty occasionally throughout the day. Excessive sweating without a reason is a condition that is known as plantar hyperhidrosis, which can be uncomfortable. It is an abnormal condition that affects the sweat glands in the feet and can produce large amounts of sweat. Other foot issues may arise as a result of hyperhidrosis and these can include toenail fungus, athletes foot, and unpleasant foot odor. Research has indicated that approximately five percent of people are affected by this ailment and some methods may help to prevent plantar hyperhidrosis from developing. These can consist of writing in a journal every time a sweating episode happens, which can help pinpoint trigger points. It is beneficial to wear cotton socks during the warmer months and to refrain from wearing nylon socks that can retain moisture. Additionally, the feet contain 125,000 sweat glands and many people have found that using an antiperspirant deodorant on the feet may help to control episodes of plantar hyperhidrosis. If you suffer from this condition, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward additional preventive techniques and offer you correct treatment options.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Shoes, Socks, and Blisters

A blister on the foot often develops as a result of excess friction that can come from wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly. It is defined as a small area that resembles a bubble and is filled with a serum that contains antibodies. When a blister forms, it is the body’s natural defense technique in protecting the raw skin, and will gradually drain as new skin develops. Additional reasons a blister may form can include allergic reactions to an insect bite, or existing medical conditions that can consist of eczema and psoriasis. Many people have abnormal foot shapes which may affect the fit of the shoe, possibly leading to a blister forming. Patients who have peripheral neuropathy or diabetes may be unaware of a rubbing sensation on their feet as a result of the inability to feel pain. It is important to refrain from popping the blister, which may result in infection and damage to the raw skin underneath it. If you have a blister on your foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you to properly manage it, and guide you toward preventing future blisters from developing.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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