Family Foot Care
Phone: (941) 749-0626
Painful Feet and Orthotics
Heel pain is usually caused by tightening of the plantar fascia ligament located on the bottom of the foot. Many of the symptoms include pain when you first get up in the morning, burning, numbness and increased symptoms by the end of the day. The plantar fascia ligament supports the arch. When you're resting, the ligament contracts, as you start to walk, the ligament pulls and may tear slightly causing pain. Heel pain can also be brought on by trauma, over exertion, ill- fitting shoes, poor foot alignment or leg length discrepancy.
We initially treat plantar fasciitis conservatively with:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Night splints
- possibly an injection
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot, heel spur syndrome is a boney overgrowth on the heel bone, Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome affect women more than men, The bottom of the foot and arch can become more painful.
Some causes are stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot, muscle imbalance, bone deformity, obesity, trauma, tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg.
In metatarsalgia the ball of your foot becomes painful and inflamed.
You may experience metatarsalgia if you participate in activities that involve running and jumping. Or, you may develop metatarsalgia by wearing ill-fitting shoes. There are other causes as well.
Many of the foot problems that we treat are due to faulty biomechanics. In other words, when the bones in your foot are not aligned properly it causes you to over compensate when walking or running.
This can lead to painful foot conditions which include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendon problems
- knee, hip and back pain
The most effective and simplest way to correct these painful foot conditions is with a custom orthotic. Just as prescription eyeglasses correct your vision, custom orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes, that are custom molded to correct your faulty biomechanics. This reduces abnormal motion while you walk or run, and equally disperses pressure on the bottom of your feet.
So, if you're suffering with foot pain, come in for an evaluation to determine if you are a candidate for custom orthotics.