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Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

Heel spurs, though commonly misunderstood, are a prevalent foot condition that affects many individuals. These bony growths form on the underside of the heel bone and often coexist with another foot issue, such as plantar fasciitis. Contrary to popular belief, heel spurs themselves may not always be the primary source of pain. Instead, it is the inflammation and irritation of the surrounding tissues that typically cause discomfort. Heel spurs often develop due to excessive strain and stress on the heel, which can result from factors such as obesity, wearing improper footwear, or repetitive activities. While they can be detected through X-rays, treatment usually targets the underlying condition. Conservative approaches consisting of rest and wearing orthotic inserts, may help to alleviate symptoms. In rare cases, surgery may be considered when conservative methods prove ineffective. Understanding the facts about heel spurs can help individuals make informed decisions about their foot health and seek appropriate treatment when needed. If you have heel pain, and suspect it may be a heel spur, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat the problem.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Louisville, KY . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, is a common condition where the arches of the feet appear flattened, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground. Flat feet can be a result of genetics, injury, or muscle weakness. While many individuals with flat feet may not experience pain, others can suffer from discomfort and fatigue, especially during prolonged periods of standing or physical activity. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken which may help to alleviate flat feet pain. This can begin by wearing supportive shoes with arch support and cushioning. Custom orthotic inserts can also provide additional support and comfort. Stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon and calf muscles can help improve foot flexibility. Additionally, performing strengthening exercises for the foot and ankle muscles can enhance arch support. By addressing flat feet and taking proactive measures, you can find relief from discomfort and improve your overall foot health. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward additional relief options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 10 September 2023 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

A broken toe, though seemingly minor, can cause significant pain and disruption to daily life. The types and causes of these kinds of fractures encompass a range of scenarios. First, a common cause of a broken toe can happen when the toe is stubbed against a hard surface, and is often classified as a traumatic break. Second, stress fractures, which can result from repetitive impact, can occur, particularly in athletes or people who engage in rigorous physical activities. Fractures due to osteoporosis may also cause a broken toe, especially in the elderly. Vigorous activities, accidents, falls, and even dropping heavy objects onto the foot are common triggers for toe fractures. Recognizing the types and understanding the causes of broken toes is vital in seeking timely medical attention and implementing precautionary measures to prevent these painful disruptions. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose toe fractures and guide you toward the treatment method that is correct for you.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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