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Does your foot pain keep you from doing the things you want to do? Determining the cause of your pain and finding an effective treatment can help you get back on your feet. Dr. Steven Vines, your foot doctor in Oxnard and Ventura, CA, diagnoses painful foot conditions and offers treatments that will ease your pain.
Why does my foot hurt?
Foot pain can be caused by:
- Old Shoes: Your shoes may look perfectly fine, but that doesn't mean that they're still supporting and cushioning your foot adequately. Failure to replace worn out shoes can increase your risk of developing Achilles tendinitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis or painful stone bruises on the bottom of your foot.
- Thinning Fat Pads: Fat pads underneath your foot help cushion and protect it. Unfortunately, as you get older, the fat pads under your heel and on the ball of your foot become thinner, which can lead to pain. Orthotics can provide a little extra cushioning if your pain is due to thinning fat pads.
- Ingrown Toenails: Has the edge of your toenail grown into the skin surrounding your nail? Ingrown toenails can occur if you round your nails instead of cutting them straight across or wear tight shoes or socks. Your Oxnard or Loma Vista podiatrist will remove the trapped edge of the nail during a minor procedure.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot, becomes inflamed. Night splints, physical therapy and pain medication can reduce plantar fasciitis pain.
- Bunions: A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of your big toe when the joint moves out of alignment. The condition is common in women who wear high heels but can affect anyone. Buying roomier shoes and wearing orthotics can be helpful, although surgery may be needed in some cases.
- Fractures: Did your pain start after you dropped a can on your foot or jumped from a significant height? You may have a fractured bone. Stress fractures can also cause foot pain. The fractures, which cause cracks in bones, occur due to overuse activities. Crutches and walking boots or casts may be used to relieve stress on your foot while you recover from your injury.
Not sure why you have foot pain? Schedule an appointment with foot doctor Dr. Steven Vines by calling (805) 485-3151 for the Oxnard, CA, office or (805) 648-3222 for the Ventura office.
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!