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By Stonestown Podiatry Group
April 11, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

5 Treatment Options for Heel Pain in San Francisco,

Heel pain is one of the most common foot complaints among people. Heel pain can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Heel-PainExamples include ill-fitting shoes, trauma, standing for long periods, and overuse such as long walks or marathons. Led by Dr. Daniel Alberts, Dr. Richard Rolfes, and Dr. Jasper Lee, Stonestown Podiatry Group (located in San Francisco, CA) offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about 5 treatment options for heel pain.

1. Medications. Heel pain may respond to treatment with medications such as naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil), and acetaminophen (Tylenol). You can also get relief of heel pain with targeted topical pain medications from your podiatrist. Be safe with medications. It's important to follow your podiatrist's directions when taking medicine.

2. Orthotic Devices. Podiatrists use customized orthotics to treat heel pain. Customized orthotics are specially-made devices designed to support and comfort your feet. Studies have shown that customized orthotics reduce foot pain, improve function, and reduce risk of injury.

3. Cortisone Shots. Cortisone injections can be used to relieve heel pain and reduce swelling. Cortisone injections allow podiatrists to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area. The injections usually comprise a corticosteroid medication and local anesthetic. You can get cortisone shots at your podiatrist's office.

4. Stretches. Podiatrists often prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Research shows that stretching exercises relieve foot pain, improve function, and reduce swelling. Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done on a daily basis to keep heel pain at bay.

5. Night Splints. Night splints are also used to treat heel pain. Night splints, which you wear while you sleep, hold your feet in a neutral position, thereby helping to reduce morning pain. They stretch the plantar fascia ligament and Achilles tendon and keep them from getting tight during the night. Night splints tend to work really well. And once your pain is gone, you can stop wearing them.

If you want freedom from pain, call Stonestown Podiatry Group at (415) 731-6700 today to schedule an appointment in San Francisco, CA. Our treatments bring real relief to heel pain sufferers. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Stonestown Podiatry Group!

By Stonestown Podiatry Group
January 11, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunion  

Your right foot is sore where the big toe meets the midfoot. You notice a reddened bulge on the side, too. Could this be a bunion? The three podiatrists at Stonestown Podiatry Group in San Francisco see scores of bunions, treating most of them conservatively. If you suspect this common podiatric condition, get evaluated and treated right away so you stay fit and active.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a podiatric medical condition which affects literally millions of American adults--more of them women than men, states the American Podiatric Medical Association. An inward, or oblique, turning of the big toe toward the second and even third toes, a bunion, or Hallux valgus, causes considerable pain and limits mobility.

People who have weight issues or who overpronate, or turn their feet toward the midline, form bunions more readily as do people who are on their feet a lot and who wear tight, high-heeled shoes. Additionally, bunions have a hereditary component. In other words, if you have a bunion, chances are a close relative has one, too.

Signs you have have a bunion include:

  • A noticeable deformity (bump) of metatarsophalangeal joint between the bones of the foot and the big toe
  • Pain (stemming from arthritis and bursitis)
  • Swelling
  • Redness and tenderness
  • Callus and corn formation
  • Changes in gait, overall mobility, and range of motion in the toes

An examination and digital X-rays at Stonestown Podiatry Group in San Francisco will tell you if you do have a bunion and what you can do about it. Dr. Alberts, Dr. Rolfes, and Dr. Lee approach bunions with conservative measures first, and usually these interventions succeed. Bunionectomy, a surgical removal of the bony bump and re-alignment and pinning of the big toe joint, is reserved for the most severe of cases.

Conservative treatment for bunions

Your foot doctor will recommend a treatment plan customized to your bunion, your overall health and your activity level. Most bunions respond well to simple interventions which may include:

  • Rest, elevation, and ice
  • Warm soaks
  • Over-the-counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain
  • Change in shoes to lower heels and roomier toe boxes
  • Shoe padding in the area of the bunion (gel pads or Moleskin)
  • Semi-rigid orthotics, custom-made inserts which correct structural imbalances and gait issues (how your foot lands as you walk)
  • Night splints which work well for young people with more malleable connective tissue and bone structure
  • In-office corn and callus removal

Harvard Health says that cortisone shots also relieve pain and reduce inflammation surrounding a bunion. However, they must be used sparingly to avoid adverse side effects.

You and your bunion

A bunion does not disappear on its own. However, you can reduce the pain, stiffness and gait issues associated with a bunion by seeing your podiatrist at Stonestown Podiatry Group. Trust this experienced team to get you up and moving comfortably. Call the office today for an appointment in San Francisco, CA, (415) 731-6700. We have early morning appointments!



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