Tuesday, 07 February 2023 00:00

The heel is unique. It is a cushion of fatty tissue that maintains its shape despite the pressure that is endured daily. Heel pain can occur from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Obesity may cause the heels to hurt and may be diminished when additional weight is shed. Some people are born with abnormal foot structures, and this may lead to chronic heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a common condition of the heel that can cause pain and discomfort. A podiatrist can prescribe custom-made orthotics, which may help to provide relief, and surgery may be necessary for more severe cases. Children who participate in sporting activities may be prone to developing Sever’s disease. This condition affects the heels of children and young teenagers during growth spurts. If you have heel pain for any reason, it is strongly advised that you seek help from a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer treatment options that are correct for you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Tek Fish of Clover Podiatry. Our doctor 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 our office located in Camas, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Patients who notice a lump on the sole of their foot will often visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. It may be a plantar fibroma, which develops in the plantar fascia along the bottom of the foot. A plantar fibroma is considered to be a rare and benign condition but it can be painful as shoes that are worn press against the offending lump. Additionally, pain and discomfort may be felt when standing for extended periods, or when walking barefoot. Research has indicated there is no cure for this condition so many patients will take steps to reduce the pain. This may be achieved by using oral or injected steroids, in addition to extracorporeal shockwave therapy, known as ESWT. If you have this condition, it is strongly urged that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine the best course of treatment. 

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Tek Fish of Clover Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Camas, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 30 January 2023 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

A bunion is a noticeable foot condition. It is a hard lump that develops on the base of the big toe, and if not promptly treated, it may cause the other toes to shift toward each other. It is a common condition that can happen from wearing shoes that do not have ample room for the toes to move freely. As the bunion becomes larger, corns may form on the side of the bunion as it touches the shoe. Genetic factors may contribute to a bunion, and surgery may be an option for permanent removal. A bunion can be uncomfortable and may cause arthritis to develop. Additionally, as it grows, it may become swollen and red, likely causing the need to purchase larger shoes. Relief may be found when the correct shoe size is worn, and a protective pad is put over the bunion to reduce friction from shoes. Bunions are treated by a podiatrist, and it is strongly urged that you contact this type of doctor to determine what the best treatment is for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Tek Fish of Clover Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Camas, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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