Overland Park Office - 10701 Nall Ave., Suite 120, Overland Park, KS 66211
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Posts for: April, 2017

Almost a quarter of the body's bones are located in the feet, along with dozens of joints and hundreds of muscles, ligaments and tendons. A little foot and heel pain and discomfort is normal from time to time, but you should consult with a podiatrist for symptoms like ongoing pain or signs of an infection.

Common Foot Problems and Treatment Options

Bunions (hallux valgus) - A bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe, which results from pressure, inflammation or a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint. They tend to be more common in women, but anyone can develop a bunion. The causes vary from foot anatomy (people with flat feet or low arches are more susceptible) to wearing tight, narrow shoes for long periods of time.

Conservative treatments like padding and splinting, medication and switching to supportive shoes are the most common. Surgery to realign the bones and repair damaged connective tissue may be prescribed in rare cases if conservative treatments don't work and your mobility is affected.

Corns and calluses - Corns and calluses are caused by skin that becomes thick and hardened from repeated friction from shoes (calluses) or pressure on the skin from a piece of bone (corns). Soaking and removing the hardened skin with a pumice at home is the most common treatment. People with diabetes should always seek treatment from a foot and ankle specialist to avoid complications. Wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes helps to prevent corns and calluses.

Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs - Strain or inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament is the most common source of heel pain. Heel spurs are caused by calcium deposits and often occur with plantar fasciitis. Most cases can be treated conservatively with stretching and physical therapy, supportive devices, rest or medication.

Claw toes and mallet toes are deformities in a joint that cause the toe to protrude or bend. Mallet toes are caused by the joint closest to the toenail, while a claw (hammer) toe is caused by an injury to the middle joint. Supportive shoes and orthotics for proper alignment are most common treatments. Surgery is reserved for severe cases.

Ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis) - Results when the corner of the toenail digs into the flesh, causing pain, redness and possible infection. They can usually be treated at home with self-care or removed by a podiatrist.

Find a Podiatrist in Blue Springs or Overland Park

If you are experiencing persistent pain or other symptoms of a foot or ankle injury, contact us by calling 913-381-5515 in Overland Park, or 816-228-9393 in Blue Springs to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fleishman today.