Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Chronic plantar fasciitis pain, which occurs in the heel or bottom of the foot, can impact both daily activities and overall well-being. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis pain is generally considered chronic when it lasts several months and worsens over time. People with long-term pain from plantar fasciitis have options available to manage the pain and improve quality of life. Custom orthotics, which can provide tailored foot support, can alleviate pressure on the feet.  There are additional treatment options that podiatrists may recommend on a case-by-case basis, such as laser therapy or corticosteroid injections. Surgery is sometimes used on patients who do not respond to more conservative treatment methods. If you have chronic foot pain due to plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward appropriate treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Garnet & Carbonell, DPM, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Palmetto Bay, South Miami, and Homestead, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Soccer, a dynamic and high-impact sport, poses significant risks for ankle injuries among players. Common ankle injuries in soccer include sprains, strains, and fractures, often resulting from sudden direction changes, collisions, or awkward landings during gameplay. These injuries can sideline players for weeks or even months, disrupting training schedules and team dynamics. To mitigate the risk of ankle injuries, players should prioritize proper warm-up and stretching routines before matches and training sessions to prepare muscles, tendons, and ligaments for the demands of play. Wearing appropriate footwear with ankle support and traction can enhance stability and reduce the likelihood of slips and falls. Additionally, practicing proper tackling and landing techniques, such as keeping the feet planted and knees bent upon impact, can help minimize the risk of ankle trauma. Strengthening exercises targeting the ankles and lower body muscles, including calves and shins, can improve stability and resilience against injury. If you are interested in learning more about soccer injury prevention techniques or have endured a soccer injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Garnet & Carbonell, DPM, LLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Palmetto Bay, South Miami, and Homestead, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Foot pain is prevalent among older individuals, affecting at least 25 percent of them. Unfortunately, the management of foot pain is often overlooked in geriatric healthcare, leading many seniors to endure chronic foot pain unnecessarily, which impacts their overall well-being. Research indicates that foot pain is a common and debilitating issue in older adults, but conservative interventions, including regular foot care, footwear guidance, and foot orthoses, have proven effective in reducing pain. These interventions not only alleviate foot discomfort but also contribute to maintaining mobility and independence in this age group. If you are in the elderly population and have foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment to help improve your quality of life.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Garnet & Carbonell, DPM, LLC. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Palmetto Bay, South Miami, and Homestead, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 08 February 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

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