Heel pain can strike at any age and stem from a variety of causes. While the most common source of heel pain tends to be plantar fasciitis, others such as heel spurs, stress fractures, and tendinitis may also be at play.
Once the cause of a patient’s heel pain is determined, we take an aggressive approach toward helping them find relief quickly. Treatment options may include simple rest, night splints, orthotics, shockwave (EPAT) therapy, cortisone injections, or PRP injections.
If you have been reluctant to see a doctor about your painful bunions due to the fear they will need surgery, don’t be! A great number of bunion cases can be managed through conservative means to help relieve discomfort and slow the progression of that bony bump along the side of your foot.
The sooner a bunion starts to be addressed, the better the overall results will be. Surgery is only considered as an option if other methods will not provide desired results. The foot doctors at our Nashua and Portsmouth locations will be sure to discuss these options with you completely.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a “weekend warrior,” nobody is fully immune to sports injuries. This type of injury can range from accidental fractures and sprains to overuse injuries such as tendinitis and shin splints.
Treatment for a sports injury to the foot or ankle often includes rest and physical therapy. We won’t just place you on the sideline; we will also help you build an alternative exercise plan that will help you get back into the game at full strength, as well as suggest means to help prevent such injuries from happening again.
The Achilles tendon is strong, but can be a source of plenty of pain and trouble when it becomes inflamed. While Achilles tendonitis can be the result of a sports injury, it can also arise from the consequences of daily work and life.
Treatment for Achilles tendonitis may involve the use of custom-made orthotics to help redistribute the body’s weight, lifestyle changes that involve stretching and lower-impact exercises, or advanced treatments such as laser therapy.
Flat feet are most often the result of inheritance. If one or both of your parents have flat feet, you are more likely to as well.
There are times when flat feet are not a concern. In some cases, however, this abnormal foot structure and the gait it may cause can lead to pain and inflammation in the foot, ankle, or lower leg.
Orthotics can provide a great help in redistributing the weight and forces that may be causing pain from flat feet. Physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and icing may also be recommended.
If you feel that you might have a pebble in the front of your shoe, it might be a neuroma. This benign growth of nerve tissue is the result of the nerves responding to irritation, but unfortunately tends to lead only to more pain and irritation from the sufferer.
The primary neuromas treatment involves lessening the irritation of the nerve tissue, and may involve lifestyle changes (such as roomier footwear) or orthotics. Corticosteroid injections may also be recommended to reduce swelling.
Skin & Nail Conditions
We often are exposing our feet to the dark, semi-damp and enclosed environment of shoes for the majority of the day, and with that can come a whole host of skin and nail conditions, including painful ingrown toenails. Even when our feet come out and we allow them to be free, they’re still on the front lines against the world, potentially coming into contact with pathogens and other harmful objects, such as wall corners and table legs. Unsurprisingly, ingrown toenails, plantar warts, and many other skin and nail conditions can easily develop due to such environmental factors.
Fortunately, ingrown toenail treatment, plantar wart treatment, and many other skin and nail treatments are available here at our Portsmouth or Nashua offices, providing you with a much better solution for your issues than trying to remedy them at home. Any of our podiatrists would be more than happy to help alleviate your skin and nail issues, and also provide advice about general foot care tips for continued good health.