Dr. Steven Vines, your foot doctor in Ventura and Oxnard, CA, has many years of experience in treating foot problems. He wants each of his patients to have the information they need to make good choices about the health of their feet and ankles. Here are a few questions about common foot-related conditions treatment options
A bunion looks like a large growth that forms on the instep at the base of the big toe. However, a bunion is not a new formation; it's a bone deformity that causes the big toe to push inward toward the other toes and the joint to begin jutting outwards. Your foot doctor sees many more female patients than male; this is often due to the narrow and constricting shoes that are popular in women's fashion. Some people do not experience any issues with bunions, but others visit their podiatrist with pain and difficulty walking.
How are bunions treated?
Roomy, comfortable shoes are a must for people with bunions. Your Ventura and Oxnard foot doctor may also recommend special pads that can be worn inside the shoes to help cushion the bunion from friction and pressure. In some cases, surgery to reshape the bone may be necessary.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a ligament that supports your arch (the space in between the ball of your foot and the heel). When this ligament is subject to overuse - often from running or standing for long periods of time - it becomes inflamed and causes heel pain. Many patients report that the pain is a stabbing sensation at the bottom of their heel that is worst in the morning and becomes better after walking around for a while. However, the ligament may experience scarring that causes long-term, chronic pain.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated with cushioned, well-fitted shoes, anti-inflammatory medication or custom-fitted orthotics (shoe inserts). A few patients may need surgery to bring relief.
What is diabetic neuropathy?
Diabetes causes a decrease in circulation to the extremities and can cause nerve damage to develop. This means that the feet of a diabetic person are more likely to develop injuries that do not heal well because of this reduced blood flow and lack of feeling. People with diabetes can experience major infections due to these compromised wounds.
How is diabetic neuropathy treated?
Working with Dr. Vines to maintain a good foot hygiene routine will help prevent foot injuries. Daily inspection and diligently wearing shoes and slippers, even indoors, is a good place to start. If you are diabetic, your foot doctor needs to be contacted right away if you have any injury to the feet, no matter how minor.
We have offices in both Oxnard and Ventura, so if you need to schedule an appointment to have these or any other foot and ankle conditions evaluated, please contact us today!