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Do you have arch pain?

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Definition The term arch pain (often referred to as arch strain) refers to an inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot. Cause There are many different factors that can cause arch pain. A structural imbalance or an injury to the foot can often be the direct cause. However, most frequently the cause is a common condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, usually due to over-pronation (flat feet), causes plantar fasciitis. The inflammation caused by the plantar fascia being stretched away from the heel often leads to pain in the heel and arch areas. The pain is often extreme in the morning when an individual first gets out of bed or after a prolonged period of rest. If this condition is left untreated and strain on the longitudinal arch continues, a bony protrusion may develop, known as a heel spur. It is important to treat the condition promptly before it worsens. Treatment and Prevention This is a common foot condition that can be easily treated. If you suffer from arch pain avoid high-heeled shoes whenever possible. Try to choose footwear with a reasonable heel, soft leather uppers, shock absorbing soles and removable foot insoles. When the arch pain is pronation related (flat feet), an orthotic designed with a medial heel post and proper arch support is recommended for treating the pain. This type of orthotic will control over-pronation, support the arch and provide the necessary relief. If the problem persists, consult your foot doctor. . Source:  www.foot.com “Do you have arch pain?”       727 East Jefferson Blvd.   South Bend, IN 46614  ...

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Morton’s Neuroma: Treatment options for foot pain

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Did you know you have 26 bones, 33 joints and more than 100 muscles in your foot? With such a complex structure, it’s no wonder foot pain is so common. We recently got this question from a viewer in Texas: Hello Dr. Manny, I’ve just been diagnosed with Morton’s Neuroma in my left foot, and it’s very painful. What are my treatment options? Thanks, Donna Morton’s Neuroma is caused by a thickening of the tissue around one of the nerves that leads out to your toes. It usually happens between the third and fourth toes, and can sometimes feel like a pebble stuck in your sock. Risk factors for the condition include: Having foot abnormalities like bunions, hammertoes or arch problems Wearing high heels, which can put extra pressure on your toes Participating in high-impact sports like running, which can cause repetitive trauma to your feet Treatment options for Morton’s Neuroma depend on the severity of your symptoms, but here are some options your doctor may suggest: Wearing shoes with wider toe boxes Using over-the-counter arch supports and foot pads Physical therapy A prescription for custom-made orthotics Anti-inflammatory medications taken orally or injected into the area Nerve-blocking injections Decompression surgery that relieves pressure by cutting nearby strictures Surgery to remove the nerve causing pain Talk to your doctor to decide on the best treatment option for you. Do you have a health question for Dr. Manny? Please send it to DrManny@foxnews.com Source:  www.foxnews.com “Morton’s Neuroma: Treatment options for foot pain” January 26, 2014     727 East Jefferson Blvd. South Bend, IN 46614...

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