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By Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala
June 07, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel PainSuffering from heel pain? Heel pain can be caused by standing for long periods, wearing ill-fitting shoes, or playing active sports. Podiatrists offer treatments that can provide relief from heel pain. Dr. Robert Linn at Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala in Ocala, FL, offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about treatment options for heel pain.

#1- Orthotic Devices

Podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices are among the best ways to treat heel pain. Orthotic devices are typically shoe inserts or foot pads that are placed into a pair of shoes. Orthotic devices that provide cushioning and arch support for added shock absorption, comfort, and protection. Research has shown that orthotic devices improve function and decrease heel pain.

#2- Medications

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), are used to ease heel pain. They are often sold over-the-counter. Some common brand names are Advil, Motrin, and Aleve. You can also get relief from heel pain with targeted topical pain medications from your Ocala podiatrist.

#3- Cortisone Shots

Cortisone shots offer quick relief for heel pain. Cortisone shots are used to relieve pain and inflammation in a specific area of your body. Cortisone shots will help reduce your pain for a few months, but they might keep the swelling down for even longer than that. You can get cortisone shots at your podiatrist's office.

#4- Stretching Exercises

Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Stretching exercises are an important adjunct to therapy for many conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, and Achilles tendonitis. Stretching exercises ease pain, increase flexibility, improve function, and reduce swelling.

#5- Night Splints

Night splints can help relieve heel pain. Night splints hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep and provide a gentle stretch to the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. This gentle stretch helps reduce the muscle contracture, swelling, and pain. You can wear a splint every night for about six months. Then you can gradually reduce how often you wear it as your symptoms disappear.

Call Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala at 352-861-1055 today to schedule a consultation in Ocala, FL. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available. We will help you achieve relief from heel pain.

By Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Health  

With age, many people experience changes in their feet. This may include a change in their shape, a loss of the fatty pads that cushion the bottom of the feet, thinner, drier skin, and brittle nails. You may even develop arthritis.

As the feet change, they naturally develop more problems. But aching feet are not a natural part of growing old, or something to be tolerated. You can do many things now to help relieve pain, improve comfort and keep the spring in your step.

Taking good care of your feet has many benefits, including increasing your comfort, limiting the possibility of additional health issues, and keeping you active and mobile. The following tips can help keep feet feeling and looking their best into the golden years:

  • Choose proper-fitting shoes with adequate support, a firm sole and a soft upper for your everyday activities.
  • Walk—it’s the best exercise for your feet.
  • Avoid going barefoot.
  • Never cut corns or calluses on your own.
  • Bathe your feet daily in lukewarm water with a mild soap.
  • Moisturize daily.
  • Trim and file toenails straight across.
  • Inspect your feet daily. If you notice redness, cracks in the skin or strange sores, consult our office.
  • Have your feet examined at least once a year.

There are literally hundreds of different foot ailments. Some are inherited, but for older people most foot conditions stem from the impact of years of wear and tear. The good news is that even among people in their retirement years, many foot problems can be treated successfully.

Never ignore the natural changes that aging brings.  Since feet are referred to as the “mirror of health,” podiatrists are often the first to identify signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. Regular visits can help prevent foot problems and alleviate pain to keep you active for life.

By Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala
October 09, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. When you experience trauma to your nail, the nail bed is lifted, allowing fungus to invade. Without treatment, this fungus can grow and spread, particularly in dark, warm, moist environments, such as socks and shoes.

Common signs and symptoms of toenail fungus include:

  • Discoloring or yellowing of the nail

  • Thickening or crumbling of the nail

  • Swelling around the nail

  • Disfigured nails

  • Streaks or spots down the side of the nail

  • Foul-smelling debris under the nail

  • Pain and discomfort

  • Complete nail loss

Prevention is Key

Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow more slowly. Because removal of the fungus is challenging, prevention plays an important role in treatment.

  • Keep nails neatly trimmed.

  • Practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing with soap and water, drying feet and toes, carefully, and changing shoes regularly.

  • Always wear shoes in public areas, such as showers, locker rooms and pools.

  • Wear comfortable shoes that aren't too tight.

  • Avoid wearing nail polish for long periods, as it prevents the nail from breathing and can seal in fungus.

Treatment of Toenail Fungus

If you do develop toenail fungus, especially if the infection has become painful, visit our office. People with a chronic illness like diabetes should always see a podiatrist if they notice any changes in their nails, as it may be an indication of a more serious issue.

To eliminate the fungus, a podiatrist may remove as much of the infected nail as possible by trimming, filing or dissolving it. Oral or topical antifungal medications may also be prescribed to treat the infection. Laser treatment options are also sometimes available.

It’s only for severe, chronic infections that surgical removal of the nail might be recommended. Our office can help diagnose the cause of your toenail troubles, and make the best recommendation for treatment.