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Jeffrey Jackson, DPM Emily Ernst, DPM

May 2022

The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis has been known to be similar to policeman’s heel or jogger’s heel. The pain that is associated with this condition is felt in the heel, and can become unbearable while walking or standing. The pain may intensify in the morning after arising. The plantar fascia is found on the bottom of the foot, and connects the heel to the toes. It is a shock absorber, and supports the arch in the foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this portion of tissue becomes irritated, and this can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additionally, it may happen from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day. The risk of developing plantar fasciitis may increase in patients who are overweight, or in people who frequently run. Some people have a tight Achilles tendon, which is the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, and this can lead to plantar fasciitis. There are specific stretches that can be practiced which may help to diminish the pain. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so correct treatment can begin. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of the podiatrists  from JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Fleming Island and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Type 2 diabetes is a serious health condition. It can affect the feet so it is important to check the feet daily for any existing cuts, bruises, or scrapes in order to prevent foot ulcers from developing. Neuropathy can occur with diabetes and it produces a numbing or tingling sensation. This can make it difficult to feel anything on the feet. The diabetic's ability to heal can be diminished and cuts and scrapes can easily become infected. This condition may be controlled by monitoring the blood glucose levels and this can be helped by eating foods that have little or no sugar. It is beneficial to practice proper foot care which includes washing and drying the feet daily and wearing shoes that fit correctly. Additionally, it is helpful to refrain from walking barefoot indoors or outdoors. It is strongly suggested that all diabetic patients be under the care of a podiatrist who can help them properly manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of the podiatrists from JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Fleming Island and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2022 00:00

Why Do I Have a Hammertoe?

A hammertoe is a deformity where the middle of a toe joint is bent and the end of the toe angles down resembling a claw. It usually involves the second toe but also can involve other toes. A corn often develops on the top of the toe and a callus on the sole of the foot.  Over time, one cannot straighten the toe and walking can become painful. Causes of hammertoe are wearing narrow, short shoes that force the second toe to bend forward or a congenital defect that develops over time. The muscles and tendons in the toe tighten and become shorter. Those who wear high heels or shoes that do not fit properly are more apt to suffer from this condition. Wearing properly fitting footwear that does not put the foot at an angle, with soft insoles to relieve pressure on the toes, can help prevent hammertoe. Since a hammertoe can become painful and interfere with normal functioning, seeing a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment is suggested. Sometimes surgery to straighten the joint will be necessary.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of the podiatrists of JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Fleming Island and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 11 May 2022 00:00

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Tuesday, 10 May 2022 00:00

Ankle Sprains Can Be Painful

A sprained ankle happens when supporting ligaments get stretched or torn a result of  tripping or falling, which can cause the ankle to twist. It is a common injury among athletes, and research has indicated that sprained ankles account for approximately 25 percent of sports related injuries. Many patients who have sprained their ankles exhibit symptoms that include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. Ankle sprains require a proper diagnosis to be performed, which is helpful in ruling out a fracture. This is done by having an X-ray taken, and the results can determine what type of treatment is required. The majority of ankle sprains will heal within 6 to 8 weeks, and it is important to place the affected foot in a boot or brace, which can offer proper stability as the healing process takes place. Healing may be accelerated when weight is kept off of the foot, and existing swelling can be reduced when the foot is frequently elevated. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment solutions.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of the podiatrists from JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Fleming Island and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

Common Causes of Foot Pain

We are all bound to have occasional bouts of pain in our feet because we use them so much. Foot pain mainly results from overuse, but an underlying medical condition or injury can exacerbate it. Many foot problems can lead to painful feet. One of the most common heel conditions is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia which runs lengthwise across the bottom of the feet. Calluses, which are thick layers of skin that form from friction on the soles of the feet are another condition that can cause foot pain in addition to metatarsalgia, a painful inflammation of the ball of the foot. Other foot ailments can include Morton’s neuroma, a thickening of the tissue surrounding a nerve in the ball of the foot leading to the toes, tendinitis, or inflammation of a tendon. Turf toe is a sprain in the main joint of the big toe, and tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the posterior tibial nerve is compressed inside the tarsal tunnel- a narrow passage in the ankle surrounded by bones and a connecting ligament. Many people have flat feet, which is noticeable when the feet lie flat on the ground when standing. It is best to consult with a podiatrist if you are experiencing any kind of foot pain, especially if the pain worsens, or if you have diabetes and an open wound is not healing.



 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of the podiatrists from JE Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Fleming Island and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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