Heel pain is one of the most common foot conditions people experience. It is often caused by wearing poorly fitting shoes, standing for long periods, being overweight, and overuse activities such as playing sports or running. Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH, offer treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about the top five treatment options for heel pain.
#1- Orthotic Devices
Your podiatrist may recommend prescription orthotics to treat your heel pain. Orthotics are specially-made devices designed to comfort and support your feet. Research has shown that custom orthotics improve function and reduce foot pain.
#2- Cortisone Injections
You can get cortisone injections at your Columbus doctor's office. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. Cortisone injections allow podiatrists to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area. Cortisone injections offer quick relief for heel pain and inflammation.
#3- Stretching Exercises
Foot doctors prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Stretching exercises are an effective way to prevent and manage heel pain. Research shows that stretching exercises ease pain, improve function, and reduce inflammation. Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done when you wake in the morning.
#4 - Night Splints
To treat your heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend a night splint. Night splints hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep, thereby helping to reduce morning pain. Night splints gently stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia ligament and keep them from getting tight during the night.
#5 - Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy: ESWT
For persistent heel pain, Shock Wave Therapy may be needed. This treatment targets sound waves at the affected heel, and triggers the body's own repair mechanism, increasing blood flow to the affected area and accelerate healing.
If heel pain is hurting your daily routine, call University Foot Center at 614-488-9478 today to schedule a consultation in Columbus, OH. Our heel pain treatments will alleviate your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life!
Dealing with ingrown toenails rather regularly? Find out what might be going on.
Having an ingrown toenail isn’t typically a serious issue for a healthy individual; however, this doesn’t make the problem any less painful. If you find yourself prone to ingrown toenails then it might be time to say, “enough is enough”. From the office of our Columbus, OH, podiatrists, Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl, find out why ingrown toenails happen and how to treat these painful symptoms when they surface.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when, as the toenail grows in, the edge of the nail grows into the skin. This can result in redness, pain, swelling and overall discomfort. While this is a problem that can often be treated from the comfort of your own home, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet than even this simple issue should be treated by one of our Columbus foot doctors as soon as possible.
Why do ingrown toenails happen?
Of course, we believe in trying to prevent foot problems rather than just treating them once they surface. If you find yourself prone to ingrown toenails then it’s important to consider your daily routine and habits to see what might be to blame. Common causes include,
Improper trimming techniques: this is one of the most common reasons ingrown toenails develop. While trimming your toenails isn’t difficult, there are proper and improper methods. For example, if you choose to trim your toenails too short this can increase the likelihood of an ingrown toenail. Nails should be level with the tips of your toes. Furthermore, you’ll also want to trim nails straight across rather than trimming them at a curve.
Wearing the wrong shoes: We’ve all done it; worn shoes that were too tight and confining; however, if you are prone to ingrown toenails you’ll want to strongly consider what shoes are best for your feet and which ones to toss. Shoes that are too tight, put pressure on toes or bunch toes together should be replaced with shoes that offer room for your toes to wiggle around freely.
Injury: Feet, just like any other part of the body, can be susceptible to injury. No matter whether you stubbed your toe or dropped something on it, these seemingly innocuous (but still annoying) injuries could actually lead to an ingrown toenail.
University Foot Center in Columbus, OH, is dedicated to providing you with the comprehensive and compassionate foot care you deserve. No matter whether you are dealing with ingrown toenails or you are looking for diabetic foot care, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to schedule an appointment.
Your arches help your feet support the weight of your body. If your arches have gradually fallen, or you've inherited a foot condition that causes flat feet, foot pain may be a constant problem. Columbus, OH podiatrists Drs. Steventon Wagner and Lynette Mehl of University Foot Center discuss common symptoms of flat feet and share treatment options.
How can I tell if I have flat feet?
A quick glance at your footprints can reveal whether you have flat feet. The next time you're at the pool, take a look at the prints your wet feet make on the concrete. If you have a normal arch, the inner part of your foot will never touch the ground. In fact, your footprint should be curved and look a little like the letter "C." You'll be able to see the entire outline of your foot if you have flat feet. If you don't plan to visit a pool soon, step on a paper bag with wet feet to see your footprints.
What are the symptoms of flat feet?
Pain, a common symptom of flat feet, doesn't just affect your feet. Your entire body can become misaligned if your arches aren't supportive enough. Pain can occur in your ankles, knees, hips and back. Strong arches are necessary to stand on your toes. If standing on your toes is impossible, an arch problem may be to blame. The condition of your shoes provides important clues about the condition of your arches. If the inner portions of your heels are worn much more than the outer parts, you may have flat feet.
What can I do about flat feet?
Improving the position of your foot when you wear shoes can help you avoid pain. During a visit to our Columbus office, our podiatrist can prescribe orthotics, custom-designed shoe inserts that support your arch and improve your foot position. You may also want to consider buying orthopedic shoes that offer built-in arch support. The shoes are available in a variety of popular styles today.
Ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can be helpful in controlling pain caused by flat feet. If your pain continues, you may benefit from a corticosteroid injection. Most people who have flat feet never require surgery, although it may be recommended in severe cases.
Relieve your foot pain with a visit to University Foot Center in Columbus, OH. Call podiatrists Drs. Wagner and Mehl at (614) 488-9478 to schedule your appointment.
Find out if your foot deformity could actually be a hammertoe.
Have you noticed that your toes are starting to look more bent or curled than usual? This could be a sign of hammertoes. A hammertoe happens when the muscles of the feet are weak or imbalanced, which causes certain tendons in the feet to shorten and the affected toes to bend. Our Columbus, OH, podiatrists Dr. Steventon Wagner and Dr. Lynette Mehl are here to tell you more about hammertoes and why you shouldn’t just ignore the issue.
There are two kinds of hammertoes: flexible and rigid. In the beginning stages, hammertoes are flexible. This means that you are able to straighten out the toe and move the toe. If the hammertoe becomes rigid it means that the joint is immovable.
What causes hammertoes?
There are many factors that can lead to this muscular imbalance in the feet include:
- Wearing tight or poorly fitted shoes (a common factor)
- An injury to the foot
What are the symptoms of hammertoes?
Besides the obvious sign that the affected toe will be bent or curled under, those with a hammertoe may also notice:
- Joint pain and swelling
- Difficulty or discomfort when moving the affected toe
- Pain when wearing shoes
- A corn on the top of the toe
When should you turn to a doctor?
It’s important to call our Columbus, OH, foot doctors if you are experiencing pain or other symptoms that could mean that you have a hammertoe. The sooner you seek care and treatment the better. By offering up simple measures you can take everyday to improve foot hygiene we could prevent the hammertoe from progressing into a rigid joint.
By avoiding heels and only wearing shoes that give your toes enough room to move around you could prevent this condition from getting worse. You can also apply a protective pad over the hammertoe to prevent it from rubbing against shoes.
If the hammertoe is rigid or isn’t responding to these conservative measures then surgery may be the only option for correcting the deformity.
If you are dealing with foot problems it’s important that you turn to the University Foot Center in Columbus, OH, for help. Whether you are dealing with a rigid hammertoe or bunions, we can provide you with the care you need.
If you have diabetes, good foot care matters. Diabetes makes people more prone to foot problems. These foot problems can range from dry skin to serious infections. Dr. Steventon Scott Wagner and Dr. Lynette Renae Mehl at University Foot Center in Columbus, OH, provide diabetic foot care to their patients.
Reasons to Check Your Feet
People with diabetes are at high risk for serious foot complications. Foot-related complications account for 20 to 25 percent of all diabetes-related hospital admissions. Those foot complications can start as small cuts or cracks that are easily overlooked until it is too late. When inspecting, look for cracks, cuts, splinters and blisters on your feet. Immediately report any sores or skin changes to your doctor.
Diabetes-Related Foot Problems
A foot ulcer is a wound or sore that occurs in approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment are necessary to reduce the risk of complications. When left untreated, foot ulcers can lead to an amputation. Diabetes affects the flow of blood. Without good blood flow, it takes longer for cuts or sores to heal. If you have an infection that won't heal because of poor circulation, you are at risk for developing gangrene.
Reasons to See a Podiatrist in Columbus
Podiatrists provide a wide range of medical care for problems of the lower leg, foot and ankle. Podiatrists play an important role in helping diabetics manage their condition successfully and avoid foot-related complications. If you have diabetes, you should have a foot exam performed by a podiatrist at least once a year. A podiatrist can help you prevent most serious problems related to diabetes.
Taking good care of your feet can prevent problems before they start. Call University Foot Center at 614-488-9478 right now to schedule an appointment in Columbus, OH. Our outstanding podiatrists are dedicated to providing superior diabetic foot care to our patients.
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