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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Recognizing Symptoms of Plantar Fibroma

Plantar fibroma, a benign tissue growth that develops on the bottom of the foot, can cause discomfort and affect mobility. Recognizing the symptoms of plantar fibroma is essential for early diagnosis and effective management. One common symptom is the presence of a firm, palpable nodule or lump in the arch or midfoot region. This nodule may vary in size and can be tender to the touch, causing pain or discomfort, especially when standing or walking. Some individuals may also experience a sensation of pressure or tightness in the affected area, particularly when wearing tight or constrictive footwear. As the plantar fibroma progresses, it may lead to changes in foot structure and function, such as difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot or altered gait patterns. If left untreated, plantar fibromas can worsen over time, potentially causing chronic pain and interfering with daily activities. If you have noticed a lump on the sole of your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Understanding What Plantar Fasciitis Is

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. This condition typically manifests as heel pain, particularly with the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest, which can gradually worsen throughout the day. The precise cause of plantar fasciitis is not always clear, but it often results from repetitive strain or excessive stress on the plantar fascia. Factors contributing to the development of plantar fasciitis include overuse from activities such as running, walking long distances, or standing for extended periods. Additionally, certain risk factors like obesity, high arches, flat feet, or tight calf muscles can increase the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose plantar fasciitis, and offer an appropriate treatment plan.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Kinna Patel, DPM  from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor 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 office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Telltale Signs of Aging Feet

As we age, our feet undergo significant changes that may affect their appearance, function, and comfort. One of the most noticeable signs of aging feet is the development of wrinkles and thinning skin, which can result from decreased elasticity and collagen production. Additionally, the natural fat padding on the soles of the feet diminishes over time, leading to a loss of cushioning and increased susceptibility to pain and pressure. Other common signs include changes in toenail thickness and shape, as well as the formation of corns, calluses, and bunions due to years of wear and tear. Arthritic changes may also manifest in the form of stiffness, swelling, and joint deformities, making it more challenging to move and maintain balance. If you have encountered foot problems as you age, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with effective remedies.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Identifying Signs of a Bunion

Bunions, a prevalent foot condition, present distinctive signs that warrant attention for timely intervention. Characterized by a bony bump at the base of the big toe, bunions often cause pain, swelling, and redness in the affected area. As the condition progresses, the big toe may gradually deviate toward the other toes, causing discomfort and difficulty finding comfortable footwear. Additionally, individuals with bunions may experience corns or calluses due to friction and pressure against the shoe. Bunions can impair mobility and lead to chronic foot problems if left untreated. Factors such as genetics, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and certain foot deformities contribute to the development of bunions. Moreover, conditions like arthritis may exacerbate bunion symptoms. Understanding the signs of a bunion is essential for maintaining foot health and enhancing overall quality of life. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

What Are Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts, though often considered benign, can be a source of discomfort and frustration for many individuals. Caused by the human papillomavirus, abbreviated HPV, these small, rough growths typically appear on the soles of the feet, particularly in areas subject to pressure and friction. They spread through direct contact with the virus, which thrives in warm, moist environments like communal showers and swimming pools. Despite their harmless nature, plantar warts can cause pain or tenderness, especially while walking or standing for prolonged periods. Prevention techniques can include practicing good foot hygiene and wearing protective footwear in shared spaces. This can help prevent the spread of plantar warts. If you have a plantar wart, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer treatment and removal methods.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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