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When you are suffering from heel pain in Needham, MA, you can count on Dr. Michael Mitry, a board-certified podiatrist and member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and Dr. Christopher Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham. His full service practice is equipped to treat a variety of conditions from the simplest to the most complex surgeries.
Heel pain in Needham, MA can be caused by more than one condition. All of them, however, are treatable. You just need to get in to see a podiatrist for a diagnosis. For most people, the pain starts small and gets increasingly severe. In 2/3 of cases, it is only in one heel.
Plantar fasciitis regularly causes heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thin ligament that supports the arch of the foot. This ligament runs along the bottom of the foot. It takes a lot of stress from running or just walking and when it becomes irritated it can cause severe pain. This condition affects more than 2 million people every year and is often caused by an increase in normal activity or repetitious activities. Most people can recover from this without surgery by resting, changing their activities, doing stretch exercises, getting physical therapy, using ice and getting custom orthotics. For 10%, this won't be enough and surgery will be required.
A heel spur is a bony growth of calcium that accumulates on the bottom of the heel. The spurs are often pointy and headed toward the arch of the foot and the plantar fascia. Your podiatrist may want to take an x-ray to make sure exactly what is going on in your heel. Pain in the heel may be caused by a heel spur, but some people don't have any pain from them. Being overweight, female and aging are some of the common reasons for developing them. To help with the pain, use ice, rest, take anti-inflammatory medication, receive steroid shots and custom orthotics. If nothing helps, surgery may be the only option.
The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle with the back of the heel bone. The inflammation is usually caused by over use and can be very painful. The tendonitis responds to ice, rest, stretching exercises, NSAIDs, cortisone shots and custom orthotics. It is a more serious condition if the tendon ruptures.
Contact Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham when you are suffering from heel pain in Needham, MA. You can reach us on the phone at (781) 444-4044 or use the form on our website. Don't suffer another day. Let us help you have a pain-free heel.
If bunions are causing you pain, we can help. Irritation and discomfort often occur as the interior of the shoes rubs against the bunions throughout the day. Several options are available for treating bunions and the pain they cause. A podiatrist can recommend a specific treatment for you. In Needham, MA, bunions are treated at Advanced Podiatry of Needham, where Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter can help you find relief from bunion pain.
What Causes Bunions?
A common cause of bunions is a dislocated metatarsophalangeal toe joint. The metatarsophalangeal joint is located at the base of the big toe and connects the toe to the foot. When the joint is out of place, the big toe slants toward the smaller ones. This causes the bony end of the metatarsophalangeal joint to slant in the opposite direction and press against the side of the foot, forming a hard bump or bunion.
Several factors can result in the metatarsophalangeal joint slipping out of place. Wearing shoes that are too narrow or tight and cramp the toes can lead to dislocation of the joint and the development of bunions. Other causes include a foot injury or deformity, as well as arthritis or another medical condition.
Once bunions form, they will not go away on their own so it is important to speak with a podiatrist about treatment options. We utilize several methods for treating bunions at our Needham, MA, podiatry office. Treatments include:
- Switching to footwear designed with enough room to accommodate the bunion and not irritate it
- Using protective padding inside shoes to reduce friction and alleviate inflammation
- Wearing orthotic devices to correct foot positioning and stabilize the toe joint
- Performing special foot exercises to prevent stiffness and improve joint mobility and function
- Wearing splints on the feet when sleeping to realign the toe joint
- Removing calluses or corns on the feet
If more conservative methods have not provided sufficient relief from bunion discomfort, surgical treatment might be the next step. Bunions surgery, often referred to as a bunionectomy, can be performed to realign the toe joint and remove the bunion.
You do not need to suffer with pain and discomfort caused by bunions. Many effective treatment options are available. For the treatment of bunions in Needham, MA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter by calling Advanced Podiatry of Needham at (781) 444-4044.
How your podiatrists in Needham, MA, can help with heel pain
Heel pain isn’t just annoying—it can also temporarily disable you and prevent you from enjoying your life. If you are suffering from heel pain, chances are that you are wondering what is causing it and what you can do to treat it. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham offer heel pain treatments to get you on your feet again!
Possible heel pain causes
Heel pain can be caused by wearing unsupportive, narrow shoes. When you carry extra weight or are pregnant, it also puts more stress on your feet which can lead to increased heel pain. You may also be genetically predisposed to heel pain because of flat feet. Diabetes and certain other medical conditions can also lead to this common foot condition.
One of the most common reasons for heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Involving the thick band of tissue running across your heel is known as the plantar fascia, plantar fasciitis occurs when this body part becomes inflamed. While the above-listed factors can certainly contribute to plantar fasciitis, you are also at risk if you walk or stand on hard surfaces for extended lengths of time.
Heel pain treatment options
If you are suffering from heel pain, you can try:
- Icing your heel several times each day
- Elevating your feet to take the weight off of them
- Taking anti-inflammatory or pain medication like ibuprofen or Tylenol
For stubborn cases of heel pain, seek out the help of your podiatrist. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham your podiatrist may recommend:
- Night splints, inserts, or orthotics
- Stretching and physical therapy
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
- Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy (RSWT)
Give us a call!
Don’t suffer from heel pain—let your podiatrists help by calling Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham. Dial (781) 444-4044 today to set up an appointment!
Help is available if you are struggling with ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can cause discomfort, pain, and even lead to infection. A podiatrist can examine your nails and recommend possible treatment options. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter are your Needham, MA, podiatrists for the treatment of ingrown toenails.
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails can affect any of the nails on the feet, but tend to be most common on the nails of the big toes. The primary cause of an ingrown toenail is the sides of the nail growing too closely to the skin. This causes the nail to press against the skin, which often results in painful swelling and redness. Factors that can cause toenails to grow too closely to the skin include toe or foot injuries, fungal infections, wearing tight fitting socks or shoes, trimming the nails with rounded edges rather than straight across, and heredity.
Prevention and Treatment
It is possible to prevent toenails from growing too closely to the skin and becoming ingrown. One important way to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim the nails straight across rather than rounding the edges. Rounded edges are more likely to end up growing too close to the skin. Another method for preventing ingrown toenails is wearing socks and shoes that fit somewhat loosely on the foot as tight fitting socks and footwear can be too constricting. Finally, keeping the toes and feet clean and infection-free can help prevent ingrown toenails.
Fortunately, there are methods for treating ingrown toenails if they do develop. Your Needham, MA, podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham can recommend an appropriate treatment method for you if you are struggling with ingrown toenails. Methods for treatment ingrown toenails include:
- Wearing loose-fitting footwear
- Soaking the feet in warm water
- Medications for pain relief
- Antibiotics to treat any infections
- Surgical removal of the toenail
If you are struggling with ingrown toenails, a podiatrist can help. Several options are available for treating ingrown toenails and a podiatrist can provide suggestions for preventing additional problems with ingrown toenails in the future. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter, podiatrists in Needham, MA, contact Advanced Podiatry of Needham at (781) 444-4044.
Foot pain can affect anyone and quickly cause issues with simple everyday tasks like walking or standing. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you work through your foot pain, find a diagnosis for its cause, and plan the best treatment for you and your body. Find out more about foot pain, common causes, and how your foot doctor can help with Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA
What Causes Foot Pain?
Foot pain often begins mildly and builds in its severity slowly over time. However, some people may experience an injury or trauma to the foot which causes immediate pain. Though a common problem, foot pain has many potential causes:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Ingrown toenails
- Plantar warts
- Stress fracture
- Broken bones
- Sprains or strains
Diagnosing Foot Pain
Your doctor will use a physical examination to determine the cause of your foot pain. If necessary, they will use x-rays or MRIs to fully understand your foot’s situation and examine the bones and connective tissues inside. They may also suggest other types of testing to further investigate your symptoms.
Common Foot Pain Treatments in Needham, MA
The treatment your doctor chooses for your foot pain will depend on the severity of the pain, its location, and any underlying conditions which may contribute to these factors. In some cases, simply staying off the foot will give it enough rest to heal on its own. However, some patients require more significant treatment like physical therapy, injection therapy, or, in some cases, surgery.
If you have foot pain, your podiatrist can help you get to the bottom of your condition and find the best treatment for you. For more information on foot pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA. Call (781) 444-4044 to schedule your appointment with your foot doctor today!