TREATMENTS: Foot & Ankle Pain

TREATMENTS FOR YOUR FEET, ANKLES & LOWER LEGS

Many of our patients suffer from similar foot and ankle conditions; however, we treat each case uniquely. By understanding not only your podiatric disease, deformity, or other medical condition, but also your specific lifestyle needs, we can better create a course of treatment or recommend footwear that will help relieve your issues.

The complexity of the workings of your feet and ankles makes this a part of your body that may need significant attention, so we don’t rush you through treatment. At our office, we take the time to provide you with comprehensive foot care education and give you the treatment that you need and deserve.

FOOT & ANKLE PAIN


The top foot pain treatments Fort Myers has available is here for you with Dr. Joseph F. Campbell, DPM and Dr. Bradley A. Habuda DPM. Our doctors are committed to help you resolve all of your foot and ankle pain issues.

Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain but can also be caused by ankle instability, arthritis, gout, tendonitis, fracture, nerve compression, infection and poor structural alignment of the leg or foot. Ankle pain can be associated with swelling, stiffness, redness, and warmth in the involved area.

Some common foot problems:

  • Achilles tendon – The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower heel to the heel bone.
  • The Achilles tendon is named after the Greek hero, Achilles. The mythological story states that the tendon in Achilles’ heel was the only vulnerable part of his otherwise invulnerable body. Achilles downfall occurred when the tendon at the back of his heel was shot with an arrow.
  • Achilles pain it is most commonly seen in runners or individuals who play sports, such as tennis or basketball, it is caused by overuse. In severe cases, when tearing of the tendon occurs, surgery may be required.
  • Ankle instability – Ankle instability can often be a debilitating problem resulting from multiple moderate ankle sprains or a single severe ankle sprain. If not treated, multiple additional ankle sprains and possible secondary conditions such as arthritis, synovitis or tendon irritation/tear may occur.
  • Ankle Sprain – An ankle sprains is a roll over or unnatural twisting of the ankle.  This can be caused by a quick side movement or from walking on uneven ground. Redness and swelling of the ankle may ensue.
  • Arthritis – Arthritis is a term used in medicine meaning inflammation of a joint. As far as the feet goes, one may experience pain during movement of the joints, redness or swelling of the joint, tenderness,or in severe cases, foot deformity may develop.
  • Athlete’s foot – Athlete’s foot is a skin condition caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus most often attacks the feet because shoes create a dark, warm, and humid environment which boosts fungus growth.
  • Bunions – A bunion is a large bump on the side of the foot, just below the big toe joint. Bunion pain can flare up on occasion and may be accompanied by bursitis (an inflamed pocket of fluid) over the bunion.
  • Corns and calluses – Corns and calluses occur as the body’s way to protect itself from increased pressure. Corns are thickened areas on top of the foot, usually the toes. Calluses are found on the bottom or sides of the foot, often are due to improperly fitting shoes, such as shoes that are too tight or too narrow.
  • Diabetes-related foot problems – Risk identification is fundamental for effective preventive management of the foot in people with diabetes. It is important as a diabetic to have expert team members around you to help you with the various challenges and treatment requirements.
  • Foot ulcer – An ulcer is a sore on the skin or a mucous membrane caused by tissue breakdown. The ulcers that develop on feet are due to skin and tissue breakdown resulting in an open area.Anyone can get ulcers on their feet, but it is more likely in someone who has numbness in their feet. Numbness or decreased sensation can be caused by several things, the most prevalent cause is diabetes.
  • Gout – Gout is a metabolic condition that can affect the big toe joint. Gout occurs when uric acid forms crystals that deposit into joints. Symptoms include a red, hot, and intensely painful joint. If gout attacks go untreated and occur repeatedly for a number of years, joint damage may occur.
  • Hammertoes – Hammertoe is a bending of the connective joints of the of toes. The abnormal bending can be created by a few different reasons, from being “flat foot” or having little arch and even wearing poor fitting or designed shoes that put pressure on the toes that cause this “hammer like toe design” to form.
  • Ingrown toenail – It is an often painful condition in which the nail grows so that it cuts into one or both sides of the nail bed. While ingrown nails can occur in both the nails of the hand and feet, they occur most commonly with the toenails.

Before you have issues with your feet, contact a foot specialist, like Dr. Joseph Campbell and Dr. Bradley Habuda who are experienced with a variety of foot and ankle problems and treatments. So if you’re looking for the best foot care in Fort Myers, contact us today.

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