Posts for: November, 2019

By McLean County Foot and Ankle
November 18, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Foot pain due to injury, medical conditions, or other factors can limit mobility and make it difficult to be on your feet. Fortunately, here at Heel-PainMcLean County Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL, our podiatrist, Dr. Gerald Paul, can help keep you on your feet by treating foot pain or injuries—read on to learn more!

 

Help with Heel Pain

Heel pain can limit your ability to carry out regular daily activities, including tasks as simple as walking and standing still. One cause of heel pain is repetitive movements that put strain on the heel. For example, daily jogging can put stress on the heels as they strike the ground with each step. Over time, this strain can lead to pain and discomfort in the heels. Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Foot injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Arthritis

At our office in Bloomington, IL, our podiatrist can determine the cause of your heel pain and recommend an appropriate course of treatment. One method for treating heel pain is physical therapy, which can increase flexibility and strengthen the muscles of the feet. Other methods for treating heel pain include wearing custom orthotics, night splints, and in the most extreme cases, surgery.

 

Help with Bunions

Another common foot condition that we can help with is bunions, which are bony protrusions that form on the side of the foot near the big toe joint. Bunions can become aggravated and inflamed throughout the day as the shoes rub against them and produce friction. Treatment options include:

  • Wearing protective padding in the shoes to reduce friction and provide cushioning
  • Wearing orthotic shoe inserts to stabilize the big toe joint
  • Performing foot exercises to improve joint functioning
  • Wearing a splint at night to realign the toe joint
  • Removal of calluses or corns on the foot
  • Surgical removal of the bunion(s)

 

General Preventive Care

In addition to treating all types of foot problems, your podiatrist also provides general preventive care to help you avoid developing problems in the first place. An important part of preventive care is scheduling regular podiatry visits. During these appointments, your podiatrist can monitor the health of your feet and identify potential problems early on so that preventive measures can be taken. General preventive care can also include recommendations for caring for your feet at home, for example:

  • Wearing shoes that fit properly and are not too tight
  • Wearing shoes with cushioning and support
  • Keeping the feet clean, dry, and moisturized
  • Keeping toenails trimmed straight across
  • Promoting blood flow by remaining active

 

Contact Us

Our podiatrist can help keep you on your feet. To schedule an appointment with the Bloomington office of McLean County Foot and Ankle, dial (309) 662-9001 today!




Contact Us

McLean County Foot and Ankle

(309) 662-9001

3801 G.E Road
Suite #4
Bloomington, Illinois 61704