You may have recently learned that flatfoot affects approximately 40% of the population. While not everyone with flatfoot or fallen arches will experience pain, symptomatic flat feet can be helped with the use of orthotics.
Orthotics restore and maintain your foot’s best alignment. They can support the plantar fascia from the strain of flatfoot. Orthotics can also correct overpronation (a rolling inward of the ankle due to lack of arch support).
Orthotics should be custom made to correct for each individual’s unique needs. Orthotics for flatfoot help correct motion which means they are generally semi-flexible. When choosing an orthotic type for your flatfoot, your podiatrist will combine evidence-based medicine with clinical outcomes to guide their choices.
If you have flatfoot or fallen arches and are experiencing pain or discomfort, custom orthotics may be the answer for you. Visit the FAAWC today to discuss your options with a podiatrist. You can be cast for orthotics on your first appointment and they will be delivered to your door in a matter of weeks. Relief from flatfoot pain is possible. Call 740.363.4373 today!
Flat feet occurs in almost 40% of the population, but many people don’t understand the mechanics behind it. Like every other part of our bodies (nose, eyes, height, etc), the makeup and structure of our feet are determined by our genetics. Flat feet usually begin in childhood or adolescence and continue into adulthood. It usually occurs in both feet and progresses in severity throughout the adult years.
As the deformity worsens, the soft tissues (tendons and ligaments) of the arch may stretch or tear, worsening flat feet. Flat feet that develop later in life are usually a result of tearing of a major tendon and ligament within in the ankle. This can occur due to poorly fitting shoes or weight gain.
If you have flat feet, you may experience:
- Pain in the heel, arch, ankle, or along the outside of the foot
- “Rolled-in” ankle (over-pronation)
- Pain along the shin bone (shin splints)
- General aching or fatigue in the foot or leg
- Low back, hip or knee pain
Flat feet can be treated with a variety of methods. Orthotics to support the arch and OTC pain medications to control pain are the first line of treatment. Your podiatrist may recommend physical therapy to strengthen weak areas or temporary immobilization to allow for healing time. Steroid injections into the affected area are also a treatment option.
In some patients whose pain is not adequately relieved by other treatments, surgery may be considered. A variety of surgical techniques are available to correct flexible flatfoot. One or a combination of procedures may be used to relieve negative symptoms and improve foot function.
In selecting the procedure or combination of procedures for your particular case, your foot and ankle surgeon will take into consideration the extent of your deformity based on the x-ray findings, your age, your activity level, and other factors.
If you are suffering from pain or injury due to flat feet, make an appointment with the FAAWC today. Our foot and ankle specialists will help determine the best treatments for your unique needs. Call 740.363.4373
What is a hammertoe?
A hammertoe occurs when the middle joint of a toe is bent, giving it the appearance of a hammer. There is usually severe planes of dislocation, depending on severity.
Which toes does this affect?
A hammertoe occurs in the lesser toes, 2 through 5.
How did I develop a hammer toe?
Hammertoes result from a muscle imbalance between the two sides of the joint. This could be a biomechanical issue you were born with or even a tight calf muscle, known as equinus. If the toe is bent and held in one position long enough, the muscles tighten and cannot stretch out.
Does it hurt?
Not all hammertoes hurt, but the misaligned joint can cause pressure on the top of the toe when wearing certain shoes. This can lead to rubbing, calluses, and pain. This can also lead to pain in the ball of the foot due to tearing of the tissues or pressure on the nerves.
Will it go away?
A hammertoe will not disappear without treatment. When they are flexible, they can be splinted for comfort.
Does it really need to be fixed?
Not all hammertoes need surgery. Generally, if they cause regular pain, treatment should be sought. An important fact to consider is that the recovery and intervention for rigid, longstanding deformities is more significant.
What are my treatment options?
Conservative treatment starts with new accommodative shoes that have soft, roomy toe boxes. Shoes should be at least one-half inch longer than your longest toe. Avoid wearing tight, narrow, high-heeled shoes. Your doctor may recommend that you use commercially available straps, cushions, or non-medicated corn pads to relieve symptoms. Surgical correction is available for severe cases.
There are many options that can temporarily relieve issues from hammertoes before surgery is needed. Call the FAAWC today to fix your hammertoe!
Do you have a bunion? Has it grown progressively worse despite conservative treatments? Are you nervous about bunion surgery? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should keep reading.
Many of our patients worry about bunion surgery and want to know more about it. The truth? There are actually over 150 different recognized operations to correct bunions (Hallux Valgus). Although the techniques may vary, the goal is the same—realign the soft tissue and bone to straighten the great toe joint.
Your foot & ankle surgeon will determine the best surgical procedure for you based on the severity of the bunion, the degree of dislocation, your activity level, and your overall health.
For mild deformities, a bunionectomy is commonly employed. During this procedure, the bump of the bunion is shaved down, a process called an ostectomy. The tissues surrounding the joint are then realigned to hold the big toe straight.
For more severe bunions, an osteotomy of the first metatarsal (the bone just behind the big toe joint) or midfoot is performed. This achieves a more powerful correction. If the joint shows signs of hypermobility, a fusion of the joint (Lapidus procedure) may be necessary for a reliable correction.
The board-certified podiatrists at the FAAWC are well versed in all types of bunion surgeries and can help choose the right one for your unique needs. If you are tired of living with bunion pain, visit the FAAWC today to learn more about your options.
Are you someone who avoids the podiatrist because you fear medical procedures? Well, if you’re living with an ingrown toenail, you have nothing to worry about from our corrective procedure.
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail corner or tip begins to grow into the skin. Not all ingrown toenails are painful, but the nail exerts pressure on the skin, causing secondary inflammation near the nail border. You can generally identify an ingrown toenail by its appearance.
Ingrown toenails can recur even after nail clipping. If you experience pain, redness, and drainage from an ingrown toenail, you are likely a candidate for a corrective procedure.
This procedure takes place in our office and can be completed in about 15 minutes. First, your podiatrist numbs the affected toe. Next, the nail border is loosened and the ingrown portion of the nail is removed. Lastly, a medicine is applied to the nail so that portion of the nail does not regrow.
Patients may experience some mild soreness after the procedure, but are able to resume normal activity almost immediately. Full healing time is approximately 2-4 weeks. All of the podiatrists at the FAAWC are board certified in surgery and have performed numerous ingrown toenail corrective procedures.
If you’re suffering from a painful or unsightly ingrown toenail, call the FAAWC today to schedule your appointment.
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