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Need help with your pain from your Wilmette, IL, podiatrist?
The pain you feel may be caused by the inflammation of a connective tissue known as plantar fasciitis. This connective tissue isn't just in your heel though, it extends past the arch of your foot, reaching your toes. Your North Shore foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Gary Rogers, has the expertise to provide you and others with the necessary information to cope and treat pain. Read below to learn more and contact your Wilmette foot and ankle specialist for treatment!
More about Pain
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, sometimes being referred to as heel spur syndrome when there is an accompanying spur. Other causes of heel pain include stress fractures, tendonitis, arthritis, and/or nerve irritation.
In many cases, pain manifests itself in different parts of the foot and worsens over the course of a few months. The causes of pain vary from one person to another.
Causes of foot paint include wearing poorly fitted or worn down footwear, problems with foot arches (flat or high-arched feet), injuries, such as bruises, incurred during both light and intense activities such as walking, running, excessive jumping, or jumping on hard surfaces, and being overweight.
- Taking anti-inflammatory medications
- Wearing shoe modifications
- Undergoing Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
- Performing stretching exercises
- Avoiding going barefoot
- Limiting activities
If you still have pain, see your podiatrist, who may take one of the following approaches:
- Padding and strapping: Pads that soften the impact of walking when inserted in the shoe.
- Injection therapy: Corticosteroid injections that help reduce the inflammation and relieve pain.
- Night splint: A night splint that helps extend and stretch the plantar fascia while sleeping.
- Physical therapy: Exercises that help provide relief.
- Orthotic devices: Custom devices that correct structural abnormalities.
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your North Shore foot and ankle specialist in Wilmette, IL, today!
Custom orthotics are removable shoe inserts that provide greater arch support and stability to the feet and ankles. There are different types of orthotics available depending on the issue and level of support that is needed. Basic orthotics are sold over the counter, but a custom pair designed specifically for your foot will provide optimal support and comfort.
When are Custom Orthotics Necessary?
Podiatrists typically recommend custom orthotics for people with flat feet, or very high arches. One of the most common signs that you may benefit from a pair of orthotics is heel pain (although you may also experience pain and swelling in other parts of the foot). You may also experience pain and swelling after normal and relatively low impact activities like standing or walking.
A good way to figure out if you are having pronation issues is to examine the soles of your shoes and sneakers. If the soles and insoles tend to become visibly more worn on one side, it may be a sign that your alignment is off and you are over or under pronating. A podiatrist may ask you to walk in your bare feet to observe your stride and gait (known as a gait analysis). If you experience persistent pain, swelling, or stiffness, especially after exercise or after long periods of rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
Types of Custom Orthotics
There are a few different types of custom orthotics designs available depending on your needs.
Functional (also known as rigid) orthotics are made of harder materials and are usually prescribed for pronation problems or joint issues like arthritis.
Accommodative orthotics are designed to provide more cushioning and support and are typically prescribed for problems like plantar fasciitis and bunions.
In addition to improving your gait and foot and ankle alignment, custom orthotics can help to prevent related strains and injuries and relieve back, joint, and knee pain if it is caused by issues with your arches and pronation.
In many cases, foot pain increases in severity slowly, over a long period of time. However, certain situations can cause sudden foot pain, which can be a startling experience. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you determine the cause of your sudden foot pain and understand what your first steps of action should be in this situation. Find out more about sudden foot pain and what it means for you with Dr. Gary Rogers at North Shore University Health System in Wilmette, IL.
What can cause foot pain?
Thanks to their location, the feet take the brunt of the body’s weight and are prone to injury and overuse. Some of the common causes of foot pain include:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- bursitis (inflammation of a joint)
- broken bone
- stress fracture
- ingrown toenail
- plantar wart
What should I do if I experience sudden foot pain?
Experiencing sudden foot pain may take you by surprise but knowing what to do in this situation can help you get back on your feet in no time. If you experience foot pain related to trauma or injury or your foot pain begins affecting your daily life, you should see your podiatrist to find an accurate diagnosis. Try treating your foot pain using the RICE method by resting the foot, icing it for about 15 minutes two or three times a day, using a compression band to wrap the foot, and elevating the foot above the heart. If the RICE method fails to provide results in two to five days, you should see your foot doctor.
Treating Foot Pain in Wilmette, IL
Your foot doctor may suggest over-the-counter or prescription medications to treat any pain or inflammation related to your condition. In some cases, physical therapy, injection therapy, or other treatments performed in your podiatrist’s office can help your condition. Some cases may require a separate treatment altogether or even surgery to repair the underlying problem. Consulting with your foot doctor can pinpoint the cause of your foot pain and find the best treatment for you.
For more information on sudden foot pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Rogers at North Shore University Health System in Wilmette, IL. Call 847-256-4434 to schedule your appointment today!
Whether you suffer from chronic heel pain, are embarrassed by toenail fungus or were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you can benefit from visiting a professional podiatrist.
Podiatrists provide medical and surgical care for people suffering foot, ankle and lower leg problems such as corns, warts, bunions and sprains. Conditions which damage the feet, such as arthritis, diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, can also be diagnosed and treated by a podiatrist. Even back pain can be traced to your feet and relieved through proper evaluation and treatment by a skilled foot specialist.
Not all foot and ankle problems warrant an appointment with a podiatrist. In some cases, rest, ice or even a change in footwear is enough to reduce the pain and get you back on your feet. But when foot pain and discomfort cannot be resolved by home treatment, you need a professional’s care—someone who specializes in foot-related injuries and disorders.
When to Call Our Office
Feet are invariably the most ignored parts of the body. Too many people dismiss foot health until there is a serious, painful problem. Whenever a foot or ankle problem lasts for several days, contact your podiatrist. Other signs that indicate a worsening condition and warrant medical attention include:
- Foot discoloration
- Pain and swelling in one foot
- A foot sore or wound that doesn’t heal
How often you should visit a podiatrist depends on the individual. Regular appointments can help you better understand the stresses and strains put on your feet and lower legs on a daily basis. Long-term care and prevention are also extremely important for individuals with diabetes, as podiatrists help prevent ulcerations and loss of limb with early diagnosis and care.
Remember, foot pain should never be taken lightly. Always consult your podiatrist for a proper diagnosis of foot disorders.
Your feet are made up of 26 bones, 33 joints, 112 ligaments and a vast network of tendons, nerves and blood vessels. Each of these parts works in harmony, enabling you to walk, run and jump normally and without pain.
But before jumping into a rigorous workout or fitness program that involves running, you may want to give your feet some extra attention, starting with a trip to your podiatrist. A professional podiatrist can properly examine your feet, detect potential problems, and provide tips for injury-free training and shoe selection.
Beginning runners are not the only ones who should see a podiatrist. Frequent runners should also pay their podiatrist a visit from time to time to check for any stress on the lower extremities brought on by repetitive force.
Common injuries experienced by runners include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis and stress fractures.
Helpful Tips for Preventing Injury
In addition to visiting our office, you can also prevent injuries that commonly occur during training and running by stretching properly, choosing appropriate footwear, and paying attention to pain or signs of an injury.
To prevent injury to your lower extremities, it’s important to stretch carefully before beginning any workout regimen. When muscles are properly warmed up and stretched, the risk for injury is greatly reduced. Appropriate stretches include stretching of the hamstring and wall push-ups.
Choose Proper Footwear
The type of shoe you should wear also plays an important role in your ability to run without pain and with optimal performance. The shoe that your foot requires will depend on your foot structure and function, your body type, and the type of running or workout regimen you are interested in. Your podiatrist may also prescribe an orthotic, or shoe insert, to alleviate any foot pain or anomalies.
Be Mindful of Injuries
Even with proper footwear and stretching, not all foot problems can be prevented. Whenever you experience pain, stop whatever workout you are doing and rest. As pain subsides, gradually increase exercise with caution. When pain persists, visit our office for a proper evaluation.
New joggers and seasoned runners alike should take the necessary steps to avoid injury to the lower limbs. Consult with your podiatrist before starting any new workout, and always seek professional care when pain or injury occurs.