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Don’t let heel pain be the boss of you.
Heel pain can be a real nuisance. You thought you were going to take a beautiful hike around Colorado Springs, but your foot had different plans. Heel pain is one of the most common symptoms that bring people into the podiatric practice of Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth and Dr. Jacob Fassman. Here are some steps you can take to help tackle your heel pain,
Sure, medication won’t fix your inflamed plantar fascia, but it can temporarily alleviate the pain so you can feel more comfortable. Try an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or naproxen, which can help manage both pain and swelling. If the pain is too intense or isn’t responding to OTC pain relievers, then it’s time to talk to one of our Colorado Springs foot doctors to find out ways to manage your heel pain.
While you should stay off your feet and avoid any exercises and activities that could exacerbate your condition, there are still certain stretching and strengthening exercises that your foot doctor may recommend doing. These exercises can promote better mobility and stability in the feet, which reducing pain and stiffness. In some cases, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help strengthen and retrain the tendons, low leg muscles and plantar fascia to prevent this problem in the future.
In some cases, your podiatrist may suggest wearing a night splint or bracing the foot to help stretch and lengthen the plantar fasciitis while you sleep. This can provide the foot with support while also reducing any pain and stiffness that you may feel first thing in the morning.
We are pleased to announce that Colorado Foot and Ankle has opened another office location in Colorado Springs to help address everything from your heel pain and bunion problems to ingrown toenails and diabetic feet. We are practicing all CDC guidelines and disinfecting protocols to provide you with safe, reliable medical care. To schedule an appointment call us at (719) 475-8080.
- Ingrown toenails
- Chronic heel pain
- A broken foot or ankle
- Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
- Severe pain
- Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
- A visible foot deformity
- Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
- An ulcer or open wound
- Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain.
- Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
- Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
- Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.
Plantar warts are tiny growths that typically form on the heels and other portions of the feet that usually bear weight. This pressure might likewise cause warts to form inward under the callus, which is a thick, rough skin layer. HPV causes plantar warts, and it can enter the body via small breaks or cuts on the bottom part of the feet.
That being said, most cases of plantar warts are not serious health issues and often go away with home treatments. However, those who have diabetes, are immuno-compromised or have recurring plantar warts despite diligent home treatments, should visit their podiatrist here at the Colorado Foot and Ankle Clinic.
During a consultation at one of our offices in Briargate Parkway or Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, or Dr. Jacob Fassman, will examine your plantar warts and take into account your specific circumstances to recommend the most suitable treatment options for you.
How Do I Know If I Have Plantar Warts?
Symptoms of plantar warts include the following:
- Tiny, grainy, and rough lesions or growths at the foot’s bottom part, typically on your heel’s forefoot and base of your toes
- Thickened, hard skin covering a defined spot where the plantar warts have formed inward
- Lesions that intrude on the normal ridges and lines on the foot’s bottom part
- Black pinpoints that look like tiny seeds, which are clotted blood vessels
- Tenderness or pain when standing or walking
How Do I Prevent Plantar Wart?
To minimize your risk of developing plantar warts, do the following precautions:
- Keep your feet dry and clean.
- Change your socks daily.
- Avoid contact with warts, even your own, and always wash your hands thoroughly after you’re touched a wart.
- Never scratch or pick at warts.
- Don’t walk barefoot in locker rooms and around swimming pools.
- Never use the same nail clipper, pumice stone, or emery board on your wart-free skin that you use on your warts.
When Should I See My Podiatrist?
Visit your podiatrist in our Briargate Parkway or Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, locations to get your plantar warts examined if:
- Your warts become painful, bleed, or has changed color or appearance
- You have tried wart medications, but your warts recur, multiply, or persist
- Your warts are affecting your daily activities
- You’re not 100% certain whether or not your lesions are plantar warts
- Your feet have reduced sensation
- You’re a diabetic
- You have a compromised immune system due to an immune system disorder like AIDS or are taking immunosuppressants
Need Help With Your Plantar Warts? Call Us
Dial (719) 475-8080 to reach Colorado Foot and Ankle and schedule your appointment with Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, or Dr. Jacob Fassman, in our Pikes Peak Ave or Briargate Parkway, Colorado Springs, locations.