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Foot pain can stem from various sources, including injuries, overuse, or underlying medical conditions like arthritis or diabetes. It affects people of all ages and activity levels, from athletes to office workers, and can manifest as sharp or dull pain, stiffness, swelling, or tingling sensations. Identifying the root cause is necessary for effective management. Common remedies include rest, compression, and elevation, in addition to wearing supportive footwear. In some cases, custom orthotics may be recommended to address biomechanical issues contributing to foot pain. If you have persistent or severe foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist for professional evaluation, diagnosis, and a tailored treatment plan.

Foot pain can have many causes. To receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment for your foot pain, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

Causes

There are a variety of different conditions that can cause foot pain, including: 

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Deformities, such as bunions or hammertoes

  • Injuries to the muscles, bones, tendons, or ligaments in the feet

  • Arthritis

  • Flat feet

  • Ingrown toenails

Symptoms

The type and location of your foot pain can help determine what may be causing it and what type of treatment options are best for you. 

Common types of foot pain include: 

  • Heel pain

  • Arch pain

  • Toe pain

  • Ball of foot pain

  • Pain that has a stabbing, burning, or tingling quality

  • Pain that is constant, intermittent, or that gets better or worse depending on the situation 

Diagnosis

A thorough medical history and physical examination of your feet will be required to determine a diagnosis. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs may be performed to rule out or confirm certain diagnoses. 

Treatment

Treatment will depend on the cause of the pain. Common treatments for foot pain include resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot, wearing orthotics, or taking anti-inflammatory medications. 

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

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Plantar warts are growths on the bottom of the foot that make walking uncomfortable. Children are more likely to develop plantar warts than adults, because adults develop more resistance to the virus over time. Care from a chiropodist is important in managing this infection, because it can alter the continued development of your child’s foot and how they walk. Plantar warts, caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, are thickened skin on the bottom of the foot, with tiny black dots or white lesions. They thrive in warm, moist environments like locker room floors and swimming pool areas. Direct contact is all it takes, particularly if there is a break in the skin. Treatments for plantar warts vary, from salicylic acid applications to cryotherapy sessions. Salicylic acid, available in various forms, can gradually burn off the wart, while cryotherapy freezes it away. For stubborn plantar warts, a combination of treatments might be necessary, especially if they have returned after previous attempts. If a plantar wart is spreading or causing pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist who can examine it and recommend the most effective treatment plan. 

Plantar warts can be uncomfortable or even painful. If you’re suffering from warts on your feet, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

What Does a Plantar Wart Look Like? 

Plantar warts are fleshy growths that generally have a rough, grainy texture. They may look and feel like a callus and are usually small and can grow individually or in clusters. Plantar warts may have small, black dots at their center that are actually tiny blood vessels. Warts interrupt the natural lines of your skin. 

Treatment Options

  • Salicylic acid - A chemical solution applied directly to the wart

  • Cryotherapy - Freezing the wart off with liquid nitrogen

  • Minor surgery - Removing the wart through excision

  • Laser treatment - A concentrated beam of light is used to remove the wart

  • Wearing comfortable shoes and socks to avoid irritating the wart

  • Over-the-counter medications for pain relief

  • Patches to keep pressure off the warts

Plantar warts can go away on their own, but this may take several months to years. If your plantar warts are bothering you, seeking medical treatment is suggested. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin instead of over it. This often results in pain, swelling, and redness in the affected toe. Several factors contribute to the development of ingrown toenails. Improper toenail trimming, wearing tight-fitting shoes, or sustaining foot injuries can increase the likelihood of experiencing this condition. Additionally, individuals with curved or unusually shaped toenails may be more prone to ingrown toenails. Symptoms of an ingrown toenail typically include tenderness along the side of the toenail, swelling, and redness. In some cases, the affected area may become infected, leading to drainage of pus or an unpleasant odor. Proper foot care and wearing comfortable, properly fitting footwear can help prevent ingrown toenails. Having an ingrown toenail can be painful and uncomfortable. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you visit a chiropodist who can offer you effective relief and treatment methods.

Ingrown toenails may require medical attention. If you have significant pain or notice signs of infection from an ingrown toenail, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is an Ingrown Toenail? 

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edges of a toenail grow into the surrounding skin. The toenails of the big toe are usually affected, however, an ingrown toenail can happen on any toe. Sometimes, the area can become infected leading to potentially serious complications. The ingrown toenail may be caused by improper trimming of the toenail, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or injury to the nail.

Symptoms

The symptoms of an ingrown toenail include: 

  • Pain

  • Swelling

  • Redness

  • Warmth

  • Pus or drainage from the affected nail or a fever may indicate an infection of the area. 

Treatment

Treatment depends on the severity of the ingrown toenail. In less severe cases, home treatment may be adequate. Soaking the affected foot in warm water and gently lifting the nail from the skin with a piece of clean cotton can help. In more severe cases, you may need to use topical or oral antibiotics to treat an infection. Surgical removal of the ingrown toenail may be required if more conservative treatments fail. 

Ingrown toenails may be prevented by wearing well-fitted shoes and properly trimming the toenails. Toenails should be trimmed straight across and not too short when using nail clippers. 

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

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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