A frequent cause of heel pain isPlantar Fasciitis It is one of the most common foot conditions among my patients. The Plantar Fascia is a very long ligament that attaches to the bottom of the heel bone and extends through the arch to the ball of the foot (just before the toes). Plantar Fasciitis is caused by micro tears in the plantar fascia which could cause a chronic inflammation. Custom made orthopaedic insoles resolve most chronic cases without the need for immobilisation, cortisone injections or surgery. With my clinical experience I find that only 1 in 50 of my patients require surgery for this problem. What are heel spurs? Heel spurs are bony outgrowths from the bottom of the heel bone. Treatments for heel spurs are very similar to treatments for Plantar Fasciitis.
Children should never have foot pain, it is not normal and especially younger ones, may not always have the words needed to explain that they are experiencing a foot problem. As parents, we need to look for the non-verbal clues that will tell us our kid’s feet are in pain. Here are a few solid signs to watch for: 1) Your child will not allow you to examine their feet. Often, they are hiding a problem such as an ingrown toenail or a fungal infection. 2) Your child refuses to do activities that they normally love. Heel or arch pain can be the cause of this. 3) Your child falls a lot. This can be due to a flat foot or ligaments that are not strong enough to hold the bone structure up. Orthotics solve this problem almost 100 % of the time. 4) You notice that your child walks with there feet pointed in or out or they walk excessively on the tips of there toes. 5) If Your child tells you their feet, ankles, or toes hurt. Most of these problems can be resolved rapidly with the help of a Podiatrist.
Plantar Warts are caused by a virus which enters the skin through small cuts and infects the skin. Children especially teenagers tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults. Most warts are harmless and benign even though painful and unsightly. Warts often come from walking barefooted on wet dirty services in public places. There are several simple procedures which your podiatrist can use to remove warts. Azote (liquid nitrogen) treatments are generally not effective for plantar warts because the virus (human papilloma virus) can survive in liquid nitrogen.
Bunions (Hallux Valgus) are misaligned big toe joints which can become swollen and tender. A painful bump can form on the side of the foot just behind the big toe. The bump consists of extra bone that has formed due to one of many possible causes. The deformity is often genetic but other factors such as flat feet, ill fitting shoes, or injuries could cause the bunion. It can be aggravated by shoes that are too narrow in the forefoot. There are conservative and preventative steps which can minimize discomfort. Custom made insoles (orthotics) can help in many cases to lessen the pain and prevent the deformity from becoming worse. When conservative and preventative measures are no longer effective surgery can be employed to correct the situation.
Complete foot care includes trimming of toenails, removal of corns and calluses and sanding of thick nails and dry skin. Corns and calluses are formed from rubbing and friction. They are caused by excessive rubbing from shoes or too much pressure or a bone malformation. Onychomycosis (fungal infection of the toenails) can cause colour changes in the toenails mainly yellow or brown. This is a very common infection and does occur in about 10% of the population. Your Podiatrist can confirm this diagnosis and if treated early it can be remedied easily.
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An ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail grows into the surrounding skin. This leads to the skin around the toenail becoming red, inflamed, painful, and often infected. An infected ingrown toenail makes it painful to wear shoes. It usually does not improve with soaking or antibiotics. They are frequently caused by improper nail trimming, but also can be genetic. This problem can be corrected permanently with a minor procedure in a Podiatrists office under local anesthesia. The patient can resume normal activities the next morning and only needs to apply a topical antibiotic and a band aid daily for 1 week.
We adapt your orthotics(custom made orthopedic insoles) to meet your specific needs whether for work, sports, sandals, high heels we have the type of orthotics of all your needs. Over twenty years of experience assures precision and accuracy in our prescription and fabrication process. Custom made Orthotics serve to realign the 26 bones and 33 joints of each foot. This ensures good posture and proper alignment for the Ankles, Knees, Hips and Back.