Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

If you have suffered an ankle sprain that has not healed properly, and it has left your ankle ligaments overly loose, you are most likely experiencing ankle instability. A podiatrist will typically diagnose you with ankle instability if you are still experiencing weakness and laxity 6 months after an ankle sprain, or if you have suffered multiple ankle sprains. This is a common occurrence when the initial ankle sprain was not treated satisfactorily, which would have prevented it from healing properly. Ankle instability can also cause pain and tenderness, swelling and discomfort, and cause your ankle to repeatedly “give way.” Ankle instability that goes untreated may lead to chronic ankle instability, and even osteoarthritis in worst case scenarios. If you have had an ankle sprain in the past, and your ankle feels wobbly, weak, painful, or tender, there are treatments to help. It is suggested you start by having a podiatrist examine you and diagnose your condition.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Eddy Caldwell from Foot Care of Northeast Arkansas, P.A.. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Heel spurs are bony outgrowths of calcium deposits that grow underneath your heel. Because they can potentially cause you discomfort and pain, it is important to know their symptoms. The heel spur grows toward the arch of the foot. In some cases, heel spurs can cause pain. Other patients with heel spurs, however, might not experience any pain. If you have heel spurs, you might exhibit inflammation in the foot or even swollen heels. Some patients with heel spurs may notice that the affected foot and area become hot to the touch. It is important to note that not all individuals with heel spurs can see the bony spur. Therefore, some patients with heel spurs might only be able to confirm their condition after undergoing an X-ray scan to examine the heel area. Of course, every individual is different, and not every person’s symptoms are the same. Regardless of what having heel spurs might feel like for you, you might be able to avoid the development of heel spurs by wearing supportive and well-fitting footwear. If you think that you might have heel spurs, see a podiatrist who can help. 

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. Eddy Caldwell from Foot Care of Northeast Arkansas, P.A.. Our doctor 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 Jonesboro, AR . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Stress fractures can occur in the metatarsal bones of the foot when these bones undergo persistent stress, pressure, or trauma. As a result of the stress fracture, patients may experience heightened levels of pain. The condition may take anywhere from four to twelve weeks to fully heal after being treated. For treatment, some patients may have to wear special footwear or casts underneath the knee. There are several different groups of people that are more likely to experience a stress fracture. For example, women are more prone to developing stress fractures. Additionally, individuals that spend a significant part of the work day completing physical activities on their feet are prone to stress fractures. This group of people includes dancers, food servers, and hair stylists. Lastly, people with underlying bone conditions such as osteoporosis might be more susceptible to this condition because their bones are thinner and weaker. If you fall into one of these categories, then you should be especially mindful of the risk of developing stress fractures. Contact a podiatrist for more information. 

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Eddy Caldwell from Foot Care of Northeast Arkansas, P.A.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

Feet are a critical yet often overlooked component of one’s health. Podiatrists are medical professionals who specialize in maintaining proper foot health. These experts focus solely on the feet, ankles, and other lower limbs. Podiatrists can address a variety of different kinds of afflictions affecting the feet. For example, a podiatrist can help you treat or prevent conditions such as plantar warts, plantar fasciitis, corns, bunions, stress fractures, athlete’s foot, and ingrown toenails. If you are pregnant, elderly, or suffering from diabetes, you might be particularly vulnerable to suffering from foot afflictions, and you could stand to benefit from contacting a podiatrist. Before visiting the podiatrist, you might plan on bringing the pair of shoes with you that you typically wear everyday. This will help a podiatrist get a sense of how the footwear that you usually wear affects the health of your feet. Some podiatrists will also encourage the patient to come to their first visit with specific questions about their feet and anything unusual that they are experiencing. Podiatrists are undoubtedly valuable medical professionals that may be able to help you maintain healthy feet. 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Eddy Caldwell from Foot Care of Northeast Arkansas, P.A.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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