Posts for: May, 2018
If you’re an athlete or someone who just spends a lot of time on your feet, you may be at a higher risk of developing a common foot condition called tendonitis. It is painful and limits your ability to participate in your usual activities. A foot doctor can take X-rays and examine your Achilles tendon to diagnose a case of tendonitis and treat it efficiently at Ankle and Foot Centers, PC in Marietta, GA.
What Is Tendonitis?
The Achilles tendon is a large band of tissue that connects the calf to the heel of the foot. It helps you move your toes up and down. Ballet dancers use it to stand on their toes. A lot of pressure is put on this tendon when you run up a hill or pivot sharply while playing basketball. When it becomes inflamed, ruptures, or tears, the condition is called tendonitis. Unfortunately, patients who have the early signs of this foot problem often continue to play, walk, or run without seeking treatment, which makes it worse. Know the symptoms so that you can get help as soon as possible.
Catching the early symptoms of tendonitis will allow your Marietta, GA, podiatrist to treat it conservatively. These are some signs to look for:
- Pain along the back of the heel that radiates up the leg.
- Swelling and tenderness in the leg area.
- Discomfort above the heel when you wake up in the morning.
- Stiff feeling in the tendon as you try to run or jump.
The goal of your treatment plan for tendonitis is to reduce pain and discomfort, then provide therapy for the damaged tendon. These are some possible treatments:
- NSAID medication and corticosteroid injections.
- Bandaging to restrict movement of the tendon so that it can heal.
- Orthotic devices designed to reduce pressure on the tendon and provide added support.
- Stretching exercises and massage therapy.
- Ultrasound therapy or MLS Laser Therapy for temporary pain relief.
- A surgical procedure in advanced cases.
Get Your Feet Back in Good Condition
Your entire foot, including your Achilles tendon, needs to be in good health to ensure that you can function at your best each day. Call (770) 977-3668 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mathew John at his Marietta, GA, office to check your feet and treat your tendonitis.
Heel pain affects millions of American adults every year. Heel pain is often caused by standing for long periods, playing sports, being overweight, and wearing poorly fitting shoes. Dr. Mathew John at Ankle and Foot Centers in Marietta, GA, offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about treatment options for heel pain.
1. Orthotic Devices
Podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices are used to treat heel pain. These shoe inserts provide arch support and cushioning for added shock absorption, comfort, and protection. Studies have shown that orthotic devices improve function and reduce foot pain.
2. Night Splints
A night splint is one of the most effective ways to treat heel pain. The night splint keeps your foot in a neutral position with the toes pointed up. This position gently stretches the plantar fascia ligament and Achilles tendon. Night splints are designed to provide relief from foot pain.
3. Stretching Exercises
Foot doctors prescribe stretching exercises for various foot and ankle conditions. Stretching exercises are one of your best bets for easing heel pain. Research has shown that stretching exercises ease foot pain, reduce inflammation, and improve function.
4. Steroid Injections
Steroid injections can offer fast-acting relief of heel pain. Steroid injections are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat heel pain. They can also provide relief of inflammation that is much more rapid and powerful than traditional medications given by mouth. You can get steroid injections at your doctor's office.
5. Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
For persistent heel pain, ESWT treatment may be needed. This treatment targets the heel with sound waves to increase the body's natural healing function and reduce inflammation.
Leave your heel pain behind. Call Ankle and Foot Centers at 770-977-3668 today to schedule a consultation in Marietta, GA. Our heel pain treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a normal, happy and healthy life.