Plantar fasciitis, the heel pain caused by irritation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot can sometimes be relieved by a simple low technology treatment as reported in the NY Times. A new study, published in August in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, finds that a single exercise could be very effective. It requires standing barefoot on the affected leg on a stair or box, with a rolled-up towel resting beneath the toes of the sore foot and the heel extending over the edge of the stair or box. Visit the following website to get additional details on the exercise.
An article in the NYT discusses some of the treatments for fungal nails and possible consequences if the condition is left untreated for a long period of time. The article indicates that "In about one out of two dozen cases, the fungus migrates to other parts of the body, like the hands, back and legs" The major point of the article is to recommend that early evaluation and treatment of this condition is the best approach.
An article in the NY Times indicates how difficult it is to diagnose foot problems such as heel pain. Our office is equipped with the latest diagnostic technologies to assist in the medical evaluation and insure proper treatment of the problem. In addition, we take a conservative approach and strive for a non-invasive solution. Be sure to call us for an appointment if you are experiencing heel pain.
A recent health article discussed foot health as an indicator of overall health and illustrated a number of things to look for on your feet. Your Podiatrist is aware of these indicators and takes them into account during their examination. You should also be aware of these items.
An article in the Tampa Bay Times highlights the importance of early treatment for a variety of foot problems. Early treatments with simple measures such as bracing, taping, padding, stretching, changing shoes, placing orthotic inserts in shoes, taking anti-inflammatory medication or steroid injections can quickly solve foot issues. The article also impresses the importance of properly fitting shoes.