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By Concord Foot & Ankle Clinic
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Concord Foot & Ankle Clinic
February 20, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Corns  

Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.

Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.

According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:

  • A thick, rough area of skin
  • A hardened, raised bump
  • Tenderness or pain under the skin

Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:

  • Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
  • Use padding or bandages in your shoes
  • Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
  • After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
  • Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft

If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.

Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:

  • Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
  • Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
  • Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
  • Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment

You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.

By Concord Foot & Ankle Clinic
February 07, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.

While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.

 

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.

 

When should I see a podiatrist?

If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.

 

How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?

In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications
  • Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
  • Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
  • Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
  • Icing the heel
  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes

Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.

 

If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.

PinPointe Laser Toenail Fungus Treatment LaGrange INIf you suffer from fungal toenails, you’re not alone.  While summer may be behind us, it is still important to seek treatment for your toenail fungus. With the latest in technology, you can reclaim your toenail and eliminate uncomfortable toenail fungus without the use of anesthetics or oral medications. 
 
With the PinPointe Laser toenail fungus treatment in LaGrange, you can safely treat your nail fungus while significantly reducing nail infection. PinPointe FootLaser is said to be 81% effective.  That being said, you can now treat your toenail infections more conveniently and comfortably with this laser treatment from Elkhart, IN podiatrist, Dr. Timothy Quist.
 

How Does PinPointe FootLaser Work?

 
PinPointe FootLaser is a patented laser technology used to kill the pathogens that cause toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis.  The specially designed laser beam goes through the nail and safely reduces the infection in the nail bed that causes toenail fungus. It is FDA cleared to treat toenail fungus and has been through a significant amount of clinical research, as well. 
 
Advantages of the PinPointe FootLaser include:
 
  • Safe
  • No side effects
  • Does not harm the nail or skin
  • Painless, needing no anesthesia
  • Shoes and nail polish can be worn immediately
  • Highly effective
 
With no effect on your healthy tissue, PinPointe FootLaser treatment is not painful.  There is minimal discomfort experienced during the procedure and no painful after effects.  Treating nail fungus safely, PinPointe FootLaser does not require the use of medication and anesthesia.  Your toenail will not become instantly clear because it may take six to nine months for the nail to grow out and take the fungus with it, but it is the beginning to healthy, fungus free feet.
 

Prevent Toenail Fungus from Developing

 
A toenail infection, or onychomycosis, is one of the most common infections of the foot.  Toenail fungus is often characterized by the thickening of your toenail plate, debris under the toenail, a lifting of the leading edge of the nail, and a change in nail color.  When it comes to protecting your feet and nails from harmful infections, prevention is key.  The following tips are important to consider when avoiding toenail fungus:
 
  • Practice good hygiene and inspect feet and toes regularly
  • Try not to injure your nail by cutting it too short, as trauma to the nail may lead to infection
  • Wear moisture wicking socks
  • Wear dry, proper-fitting shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet
  • Wear shower sandals when you are at a public pool or shower
 
If left untreated, a fungal infection can lead to your other toenails, the skin on your feet and even to your fingernails.  In severe cases, the infection may even impair your ability to walk or it may lead to painful ingrown toenails.  It is important to always seek care from your podiatrist when you notice any sign of an infection.
 
With proper consultation, Dr. Timothy Quist, an Elkhart area podiatrist, can educate you about the available treatments for your toenail fungus.  PinPointe FootLaser is a painless and safe treatment for your toenail fungus.  Take a step in the right direction and visit Concord Foot & Ankle Clinic today to eliminate your painful toenail infection.




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