Treat your feet right to help prevent podiatry problems ranging from ankle sprains to plantar fascitis.
The average American is on his or her feet for approximately 75,000 miles by the time he or she turns 50, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. It's no wonder that some experience a few bumps along the road. Below are a few facts about some of the most common podiatry problems.
• Ankle sprains are the result of a ligament(s) stretching beyond its basic range. A sprain can happen when you misstep twisting, turning or rolling your ankle. Depending on the severity of your pain and swelling, treatment may involve R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression and elevation) therapy, medication and physical therapy.
• Bunions are abnormalities on the joint at the bottom of the big toe. They're sometimes painful and often result from wearing shoes that are too narrow, causing your big toe joint to be misdirected. Changing shoes can often remedy this problem; less frequently, bunions are surgically removed.
• Morton's neuroma is a condition where a nerve in the foot is pinched. It can cause pain and numbness and interfere with walking. Treatment options include wearing orthopedic inserts, getting injections to alleviate pain and surgery to release the nerve.
• Plantar fascitis is the swelling of a thick band of tissue along the bottom of the foot that connects the heel with the toes. It causes acute pain in the heel, especially when you first get on your feet in the morning. The condition can be the result of overuse and is often treated with a combination of medication, physical therapy and wearing a night splint.
• Diabetes foot, as some refer to it, encompasses a number of common foot-related complications of diabetes. Tending to foot health is an important aspect of diabetes management.
At Denton Regional Medical Center, we're dedicated to getting you back on your feet, literally. Read about our Orthopedic Services online and find a podiatrist by using our Find a Physician service or by requesting a referral at (855) 477-DRMC.