Thursday, 11 April 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, a leading cause of heel pain, occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed. A large number of plantar fasciitis patients experience persistent heel pain. Treatment for this condition often goes beyond rest, and pain relief measures to include strength exercises specifically designed to alleviate stubborn heel pain. These exercises aim to strengthen the muscles surrounding the foot and ankle, improving support for the plantar fascia and reducing the strain on it. A podiatrist may recommend targeted exercises not only to help relieve the immediate discomfort in the heels but also to prevent future episodes of pain. Incorporating these strength exercises into a comprehensive treatment plan means patients are addressing the root causes of plantar fasciitis. If you experience persistent heel pain from plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a personalized treatment plan, which may include performing specific stretches.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Carrie Frame, DPM of West Virginia Foot & Ankle. 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 Charleston, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Bunions, characterized by a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, affect a significant portion of the population. This deformity arises when the big toe begins to lean toward the second toe, causing the structure of the foot to change and result in a bump at the big toe joint. Factors contributing to bunion development include genetic predisposition, footwear choices, and certain foot structures. More women than men have bunions, due to wearing narrow, tight-fitting shoes and high heels that place undue pressure on the forefoot. However, anyone can develop bunions, and they are increasingly observed across all age groups, from teenagers to the elderly. The widespread nature of this condition shows the importance of recognizing early symptoms and seeking appropriate treatment. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, has the specialized knowledge of the foot to properly treat and prevent bunions. It is suggested you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist if you have a bunion to prevent its progression.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Carrie Frame, DPM of West Virginia Foot & Ankle. 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 Charleston, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Laser treatment is a non-invasive procedure that can be used to target and eliminate toenail fungus. It is a promising alternative to traditional medications or topical treatments. During this procedure, a podiatrist uses a specialized laser to pass light through the toenail without damaging the nail or surrounding skin. The laser specifically targets the fungus, heating and killing the fungal cells to stop them from growing further. Patients can expect the session to last about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the severity of the infection and the number of toes affected. Most report feeling a warming sensation or slight discomfort during the treatment, but it's generally well-tolerated and doesn't require anesthesia. One of the key benefits of laser therapy is that it has minimal risks of side effects. While some individuals may see improvement after a single session, others might need multiple treatments to get rid of the fungus. Recovery time is minimal, though it may take several months for the nail to grow back out and reveal the full results of the treatment. If you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you make an appointment with your podiatrist who can determine if laser treatment is appropriate for you. 

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Carrie Frame, DPM from West Virginia Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

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

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