Podiatry Care: Keeping Your Feet Happy

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Podiatry Care: Keeping Your Feet Happy

Up until four months ago, I suffered from chronic foot and ankle pain. No matter what I did to ease my pain, my feet and ankles continued to hurt. Finally, I asked my primary doctor for a referral to a podiatrist. Although I love my primary doctor, they simply couldn't treat my foot and ankle pain successfully. I needed to see someone who could. My podiatrist examined my condition and determined that I had poor blood circulation and swelling in my feet and ankles. My podiatrist prescribed special cushions to wear in my shoes to help my blood circulate better and a change in my diet to reduce the fluids in my body. Now, my feet and ankles feel wonderful. If you have pain in your feet, ankles or legs, read my blog about podiatry care, treatments and much more. Thanks for reading.

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Do You Suffer With Heel Pain? Learn More About Plantar Fasciitis

If you suffer with heel pain, you may find it painful to stand all day at work or while cooking dinner after you get home. A condition called plantar fasciitis is usually the cause of most people's heel pain and it can become extremely painful when left unchecked. The plantar fascia is a group of fibrous tissues that connect your toes to your heel bone, running the length of your foot. When the plantar fascia become inflamed, you feel it through stabbing pain in your heel. Learn more about why you may be experiencing this condition and what you can do about it.

Risk Factors To Consider About Heel Pain From Plantar Fasciitis

You may wonder why your heel hurts a lot of the time. The following are common risk factors you should know if you are experiencing heel pain every day:

  • If you are female, you are at a higher risk for experiencing heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Women are at higher risk because of their tendencies to wear tighter fitting shoes and high heels.

  • Being overweight can cause plantar fasciitis because of more weight being placed on the plantar fascia.

  • If your job requires you to stand all day, that could be the reason your plantar fascia is inflamed.

  • Some athletic activities like running can cause pain associated with plantar fasciitis, especially if your calf muscles are extremely tight and do not allow you to easily flex your feet.

Looking At Your Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

Soothing the pain caused by plantar fasciitis starts with you resting your feet more each day. Taking out time, even at your job, to put your feet up can make a huge difference in the time it takes to heal the inflamed plantar fascia tissues. Other options you need to consider are losing weight, cutting back on the time you spend running, and wearing appropriate foot wear. Your physician can advise you where to get specially designed orthotics to put into your shoes. You can also purchase shoes that are designed to take the pressure off the plantar fascia. Your doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications for easing your pain during your ongoing treatment. In most cases, plantar fasciitis takes about two months to heal completely.

Taking good care of your feet is important because when they hurt, your whole life can become extremely compromised due to being painfully immobile. Discuss with your health care provider about all the ways you can stay healthy and maintain greater foot health. For more information about dealing with plantar fasciitis, contact a company like ETL Podiatry.