Is a very common problem involving the bottom surface of the heel and the long arch. Pain usually begins as a dull ache and may progress to a sharp persistent ache. Often it is worse in the morning when a person rises out of bed or upon standing after sitting. The plantar fascia is a ligament that helps to form the medial longitudinal arch and it becomes inflamed due to abnormal or excessive stress created during heel strike when walking, running or standing. Swelling occurs deep inside the heel which causes pressure on the nerves in the region causing minor to severe pain while weight bearing.
There are many reasons that cause a person to develop plantar fasciitis including: aging; excessive body weight; flat feet; high arches; poor quality or worn out shoes. A biomechanical examination is important to determine the cause of this condition so that proper treatment can occur to resolve this debilitating problems.
A common, painful condition usually affecting the big toe or second toe. It is often caused by poor nail cutting techniques; nail deformities i.e.: curling at the edges; improper footwear or poor hygiene. Persons who develop “ingrowing” nails or painful nails should seek assistance from a Chiropodist to determine its cause and to treat/resolve the problem. Diabetes and persons with poor circulation are susceptible to serious infection and should seek help immediately to prevent further complications. Occasionally, permanent nail surgery may be required.
Heels may become painful for numerous reasons. Shoes that are worn out or poorly fitted are often the main cause of blisters on the back of the heel, or bursitis at the attachment of the Achilles tendon to the calcaneus (heel bone). Other painful heel conditions include: Achilles Tendonitis; Heel Spurs, Haglunds Deformity (pump bumps) and Plantar Fasciitis. A biomechanical evaluation is often necessary to determine the cause of painful heels and to provide a treatment plan to resolve/control it.
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Feet are an amazing complex structure containing one quarter of the body’s bones, held together with ligaments, muscles, tendons and fascia. Each day they carry you smoothly and efficiently through thousands of steps.
Sometimes biomechanical problems develop interrupting smooth, pain free gait (walking). Careful examination of your feet and gait, by a Chiropodist, is an essential step in correctly addressing your foot problems. Biomechanical problems can be simply due to body structure or related to a medical condition. In order to address a biomechanical problem, your chiropodist may prescribe custom orthotics.
Custom orthotics alter the way your feet interact with the ground. Everyone’s feet, legs, hips and biomechanics are unique. Improper foot alignment or skeletal imbalances can cause pain throughout your body by overstressing muscles, tendons, bones and joints. As you walk, custom orthotics help to control your foot motion and weight distribution. They work to eliminate the specific causes of your pain, not just the symptoms.
Early detection and recognition of foot problems is very important if one wishes to keep their feet happy and healthy. If we practice simple foot health techniques daily, we can often prevent or resolve common foot ailments.