Everyone experiences a little foot pain from time to time. Common conditions like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis can cause temporary heel pain that can interfere with your workouts and everyday movements. Although many foot and ankle conditions can be treated with conservative options like rest or physical therapy depending on the cause and severity, surgery is sometimes the most effective option to alleviate pain and repair soft tissue damage or bone fractures. The podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, and Columbus, NJ and Philadelphia, PA offer minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery for a number of orthopedic injuries.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, and Philadelphia
There are many foot and ankle injuries which can range in severity from mild to severe. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints for active individuals who work out regularly, engage in endurance sports like marathon running, or generally spend a lot of time on their feet. And in some cases, the way your feet are shaped can also make injuries and pain more likely. If you have low arches (also known as flat feet), you may be more susceptible to problems like inflammation or joint pain in the future (speak to a podiatrist about the best supportive footwear or to find out if orthotics might be right for you).
When is Foot and Ankle Surgery Necessary?
Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, podiatrists generally prescribe conservative treatments as a first resort for some of the most common foot and ankle injuries, which include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendon problems
- Bone spurs
But sometimes surgery is the best option to relieve chronic pain and damage to tissue or joints, which can impact your ability to exercise, walk properly, wear your favorite shoes, and enjoy your normal quality of life. Surgery can also help to improve the appearance of your feet by repairing deformities and abnormalities.
Find a Podiatrist in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, and Philadelphia
Sometimes surgery is the best option to treat a foot and ankle injury, or to alleviate chronic pain. For more information and to obtain an accurate diagnosis, contact The Foot and Ankle Group to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (856) 234-0195 for Mount Laurel, NJ, (609) 291-0960 for Bordentown, NJ, (609) 298-7000 for Columbus, NJ, and (215) 332-5300 for Philadelphia, PA.
Neuropathy symptoms can make your life miserable. Luckily, podiatrists offer effective treatments that can reduce or relieve your painful symptoms. The podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA, and Mt. Laurel, Columbus and Bordentown, NJ, discuss neuropathy and explain several treatment options that may be helpful.
Nerve damage causes painful symptoms
Nerve damage is the cause of neuropathy, a condition that commonly affects people who have diabetes. The condition can also be caused by medication side effects, infections, autoimmune diseases, injuries, or aging.
If you have neuropathy, you may notice numbness, tingling or a pins-and-needles sensation in your feet. Although none of these symptoms is very pleasant, numbness is a particularly serious consequence of neuropathy because it may lead to serious foot infections. If you can't feel your feet, you can't tell when you experience a cut or other minor injury. Without proper treatment, small scrapes or burst blisters can easily become infected.
Other signs of neuropathy include burning or shooting pain, hot or cold sensations, extreme sensitivity to touch or pressure, cramps, swelling, balance issues and difficulty walking.
Foot doctors offer effective treatments for neuropathy
We offer a variety of treatments that may be helpful, such as prescription medications that decrease pain and burning. If your condition is caused by an autoimmune disorder, we may recommend an immunosuppressant medication.
Physical therapy treatment can help you improve your balance and your ability to walk easily. Orthotics, custom-designed shoe inserts, may also be recommended, particularly if your feet have become numb. Orthotics reduce foot movement when you wear shoes, preventing blisters.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment may be helpful in relieving neuropathy symptoms. The therapy uses gentle electrical currents to prevent pain signals from traveling to your brain.
Reduce pain, tingling and other neuropathy symptoms with a visit to The Foot & Ankle Group. Call the Philadelphia, PA, office at (215) 332-5300, the Mt. Laurel, NJ, office at (856) 234-0195, the Bordentown, NJ, office at (609) 291-0960 or the Columbus, NJ, office at (609) 298-7000 to schedule an appointment.
Heel pain can have a serious impact on your life. When simply taking a step causes pain, it's difficult to do the things you need to do. Luckily, foot doctors offer treatments that can relieve your pain. The podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA, and Mount Laurel, Bordentown and Columbus, NJ, share information on a few common causes of heel pain and discuss treatment options.
Stone bruises can occur if you stepped on something hard or may happen due to an overuse injury. Wearing worn-out shoes that no longer cushion your foot when you walk or run can increase your risk of developing a stone bruise. Most stone bruises get better in a week or two. While you recover, ice and over-the-counter pain medications can help decrease your pain.
Stress fractures cause a hairline crack in your heel bone. The fractures often occur as a result of overuse injuries. If you suddenly start exercising intensely or train particularly hard, you may develop the fractures. Although resting your foot may be all that's needed if you have a stress fracture, you may benefit from reducing pressure on your foot with crutches and a walking boot.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. That's not surprising, as many factors can increase your risk of developing the condition, including:
- High Arches
- Pronation Issues
- Tight Achilles Tendon
- Weak Foot Muscles
- Overuse Injuries
- Difference in Leg Length
The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the tough band of tissue you can feel if you press on the bottom of your foot, becomes inflamed. Fortunately, we offer a variety of treatments in our Philadelphia, Mount Laurel, Bordentown and Columbus offices that will help you feel better. You may benefit from physical therapy, night splints, prescription shoe inserts, corticosteroid injections or even surgery.
Are you frustrated by heel pain that just won't go away? Call the podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group. You can schedule an appointment by calling (215) 332-5300 for the Philadelphia office, (856) 234-0195 for the Mount Laurel office, (609) 291-0960 for the Bordentown office or (609) 298-7700 for the Columbus office.
Your Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Group are well versed in diagnosing and treating many foot or ankle issues. There are countless instances where you should seek out a podiatrist to prevent infection from spreading or a minor injury becoming more serious. In these types of situations, it’s important to count on a podiatrist that can listen and respond as you need. A friendly podiatrist can help you to find the best ways to improve your health situation.
Instances to Contact a Podiatrist
Times that you should see a Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, podiatrist include but are not limited to:
- Changes in the skin and/or nails on the foot
- Severe scaling, peeling, cracking on the heel and/or foot
- Persistent, sharp pain in the ankle or foot
Another common time that you should seek podiatric help immediately is if you have signs of a bacterial infection including discharge or pus from an area on your foot, increased swelling, tenderness, redness or heat, red streaks around the area, symptoms that don’t improve after two weeks, thickening uncomfortable toenails, heel pain with a fever, numbness and/or redness, tingling in the heel or persistent pain when applying pressure to the heel or athlete’s feet. These are many common problems that a podiatrist can help diagnose and treat.
If you have lingering pain with your heels, ankles or foot, it’s important to schedule a comprehensive appointment with a podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Group. They can properly diagnose and treat your condition and can help get you back on your feet. For more information on what they can do for you, call The Foot & Ankle Group with offices in Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown, NJ.
Chronic lateral ankle pain is recurring or chronic pain that occurs on the outside part of the ankle. Oftentimes this pain develops after an injury such as a sprained ankle. A Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Group can fully examine your foot to determine the course for your pain. After this evaluation, a series of treatments can be suggested to help improve upon or to alleviate your pain entirely.
Signs of Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
Some of the most common signs of this condition include:
- Difficulty walking
- Pain on the outside of the ankle
- Repeated sprained ankles
There are many causes for this and the Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, podiatrists can determine the cause of your pain. Some of the most common include a fracture, arthritis, inflammation, nerve injury, scar tissue or a damaged or torn tendon.
In terms of diagnosing this pain, the first step is identifying the cause. This requires asking you several questions, such as:
- When did the pain start?
- Have you had any kind of treatment?
- How long has the pain existed?
- Does the pain ever go away?
A number of tests including an x-ray may be required in order to rule out a fracture as a cause of your ankle pain. CT scan, bone scan or MRIs may also be needed depending on one’s injury.
After diagnosing the cause of the pain, a podiatrist will need to decide on the best course of treatment. Treating this ankle pain includes anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, steroid medication, ankle braces or supports or immobilization (if a fracture). If these treatments don’t provide relief, surgery may be required.
To learn the cause of your ankle pain, schedule an appointment with a Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, doctor at the Foot & Ankle Group.
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