Our Westfield, IN Podiatrist specializes in foot & ankle pain treatment


 

HEEL PAIN - PLANTAR FASCIITIS - HEEL SPURS

At our practice, Westfield Foot and Ankle, we treat a lot of heel pain or plantar fasciitis. Many of the symptoms include pain when you first get up in the morning, burning, numbness and increased symptoms by the end of the day. The pain is usually caused by tightening of the plantar fascia ligament located on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia ligament supports the arch. When you're resting, the ligament contracts. As you start to walk, the ligament pulls and may tear slightly causing pain. Heel pain can also be brought on by trauma, over exertion, ill- fitting shoes or poor foot alignment.

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TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT

Proper foot support is one of the most important treatments we recommend. The purpose of foot support is to stop the ligament from tearing, thereby, getting at the cause of the problem. We often prescribe custom orthotics for the best possible foot support. Custom orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes, which are custom molded specifically to your foot, to correct the faulty foot alignment and bring your foot into a more correct position.
 
We find that most of our patients respond to conservative treatment with favorable outcomes. For those patients that require additional treatment surgery may be necessary.  So, if you're suffering with heel pain, don't wait for it to become a chronic problem. Contact us today, and we'll get you back, to the activities you love, in no-time. 

 

 

TENDON PAIN - ACHILLES TENDINITIS

Achilles tendinitis is a medical condition that causes pain along the back of the leg near the heel. This happens when the Achilles tendon is constantly abused. This condition is common among athletes and middle age people who are actively engaged in sport activities.

The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects calf muscles at the back of the lower leg to your heel bone. It allows a person to extend the foot and point the toes to the floor. This is also the thickest, longest and strongest tendon of the body.

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TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT

Generally, tendons such as the Achilles tendon do not heal rapidly or completely. A lifestyle change is sometimes needed to prevent the recurrence of Achilles tendinitis. The aim in treating Achilles tendinitis is to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling. Treatment of the symptoms includes:

  • RESTING THE LEG
  • COLD COMPRESSION THERAPY
  • NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICATION
  • PHYSICAL THERAPY
  • HEEL LIFT
  • USING OF A BRACE OR CAST TO KEEP THE HEEL AND TENDON STILL

Surgery may be needed if the symptoms do not improve. It is best to consult a foot specialist for an assessment of the severity of the condition and select the best procedure to repair the Achilles tendon. Schedule an appointment with Westfield Foot and Ankle, today for a comprehensive evaluation.

 

 

FLAT FEET - ARCH PAIN

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Flat feet are a common condition in infants and toddlers.  Most feet are flexible and an arch appears when children begin standing on their toes. The arch continues to develop throughout childhood, and by adulthood most people have developed normal arches. Flat feet are generally associated with pronation, a leaning inward of the ankle bones toward the center line. Shoes of children who pronate, when placed side by side, will lean toward each other after they have been worn long enough for the foot position to remodel their shape. Many people with flat feet do not experience pain or other problems. When pain in the foot, ankle, or lower leg does occur, especially in children, the feet should be evaluated. Painful progressive flatfoot, otherwise known as tibialis posterior tendonitis or adult-acquired flatfoot, refers to inflammation of the posterior tibial tendon. The condition arises when the tendon becomes inflamed, stretched, or torn. Left untreated, it may lead to severe disability and chronic pain. People are predisposed to tibialis posterior tendonitis if they have flat feet or an abnormal attachment of the tendon to the bones in the midfoot.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, icing, physical therapy, supportive taping, bracing and orthotics are common treatments for painful progressive flatfoot. In some cases surgery may be needed to repair a torn or damaged tendon and restore normal function.  

If you are suffering with foot or ankle pain please book an appointment with Westfield Foot and Ankle today for a complete evaluation.

 

 

BALL OF FOOT PAIN  

Do you have pain on the ball of your foot? Do you feel a stabbing pain everytime you start to walk.  You may have a common condition known as capsulitis.

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This condition may be caused by loss of the fat pad on the bottom of your foot or toes that are contracting back causing you to walk on the ball of your foot. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we can help.

After X-rays are taken, we will discuss the possible treatment options that are available. Physical therapy, injections, custom-made orthotics and shoe modification are common treatments for ball of foot pain.

You don't have to continue suffering from these symptoms. Schedule an appointment with Westfield Foot and Ankle today and let us make you comfortable and get you back to your normal lifestyle.