The key for the proper treatment of heel spurs is determining what is causing the excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. When the cause is over-pronation (flat feet), an Orthotics with rear foot posting and longitudinal arch support is an effective device to reduce the over-pronation, and allow the condition to heal. Sometimes observation of the bunion is all that’s needed. A periodic office evaluation and x-ray examination can determine if your bunion deformity is advancing, thereby reducing your chance of irreversible damage to the joint. In many other cases, however, some type of treatment is needed.
The other place that we can experience foot pain is in the back area of our feet. Any foot pain that we may feel begins at the back of the foot. It then extends across from the heel area and across the sole of the foot all the way to the ball of the foot. Before you choose the best shoes for foot problems , you must know first what kind of problem your foot has. If you know exactly the problem, you can then try to find the right shoes.
High impact exercise – people who run or play high impact sports are at risk of metatarsalgia. When we are running our feet absorb large amounts of force. Shape of the foot and toes – having a high arch in your foot or a second toe longer than the big toe can add to the pressure on the metatarsals. Stress fractures – these are small breaks in the toe bones or metatarsals. They can cause pain when weight is put on the foot – the individual compensates by changing the way they put weight on his/her foot.
Injury to the bones of the foot can be caused by a single blow or twist to the arch or also by repetitive injury that can end in a stress fracture. Fractures are indicated by a small point of pain that may be exquisitely tender on the bone. There may be a noticeable lump or gap at the site of the fracture. A turned toe or forefoot may also be a sign of a fracture. Are you in good health? A general physical exam by a physician will help to evaluate your cardiovascular function, the possibility of disease or any other general medical problems that you may have.
Treatment of a sore area with minor pain should always start with a period of rest, ice and anti inflammatory pain meds like aleve. When and if the pain subsides, don?t jump right back in to the same running routine, because you?ll probably injure the same area once again, but this time more seriously. A damaged tendon is a weakened tendon and needs to be reconditioned before placing maximum load on it. Foot conditions such as a bunion that can weaken the big toe and increase pressure on the ball of the foot, or a hammertoe, where one toe curls downwards and depresses the metatarsal head.
Painkillers or steroids might be prescribed for the treatment of a sprained ankle. Once there are signs of recovery, the patient could also benefit from physical therapy. If the pain in and around the top of the foot is caused due to other medical conditions, you must follow the treatment plan chalked out by your doctor. The treatment could involve use of orthotic devices, medicines and physical therapy. Since wearing ill fitting footwear is one of the most common causes of pain, you must make sure that you wear shoes that fit you perfectly.
The plantar fascia is a strong, wide ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot. It begins at the heel and attaches to the bones in the ball of the foot, maintaining the arch. With each step, the plantar fascia stretches to allow the foot to flatten out in order to absorb shock. The plantar fascia can become inflamed and irritated from overuse, causing pain and swelling. Metatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot – the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.
When conservative treatments aren’t affective and pain persists, visit Jeffrey S. Stevens, D.P.M.?for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist at our Indianapolis office may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia. Pain in the area between the arch and toes, or ball of the foot, is generally called metatarsalgia. The pain usually centers on one or more of the five bones (metatarsals) in this mid-portion of the foot. Also known as dropped metatarsal heads, metatarsalgia can cause abnormal weight distribution due to overpronation.