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December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Conditions Causing Ankle Pain

The ankle is one of the most important parts of the lower legs, forming the intersection point with the feet. The ankle enables the foot to move in different directions and serves important mobility functions for walking, running, and jumping. Sometimes, the ankle may cause pain when an individual is walking. There are several different possible explanations for this phenomenon. Namely, there are many different foot conditions and afflictions that might be contributing to or causing your ankle pain. Gout is the first potential culprit. Gout is essentially a kind of arthritis that accumulates in the joints and causes pain. This can be particularly pesky in the ankles. Additionally, ankle pain might result from peripheral neuropathy. This condition is associated with some kind of nerve damage, which can ultimately cause pain in the ankles when walking. Regardless of the cause of ankle pain when walking, the pain can be annoying and severe depending on the case and patient. Contact a podiatrist today if you are experiencing ankle pain. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor 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
  • 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 Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Running and Walking Shoes Fit Differently

The majority of people are aware that maximum comfort in shoes starts with knowing what your correct shoe size is. This can be done by using a Brannock device, which is found in the majority of shoe stores. Many people choose to learn their shoe size at home by measuring their feet while standing on the floor, followed by using a sizing chart that can convert the inches into sizes. It is beneficial to learn about the different parts of the shoe. For instance, when buying boots, knowing the widest part of the shaft of the shoe can aid in choosing the right size. Additionally, running and walking shoes fit differently. Extra room is often needed in walking shoes, which will allow the muscles maximum room. Conversely, running shoes fit snugly, with a thumb’s width of space between the top of the shoe and the big toe. If you would like more information about how to get your correct shoe size, please confer with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

What Is a Stone Bruise?

Stone bruises are also known as metatarsalgia, and they may affect a wide variety of individuals. Stone bruises can effectively develop on the feet causing significant pain. Stone bruises are defined not so much by what they look like, but by how they feel or what sensation they trigger in the feet. Specifically, people with a stone bruise might feel as though they are stepping on a stone or rock of some kind, or that the stone is somehow trapped in their shoe when they walk. Stone bruises can be treated in a variety of ways. For example, applying ice to the affected area may help to temporarily relieve pain in the feet.  Also, wearing shoes that are properly fitted can help combat the detrimental effects of stone bruises. Contact a podiatrist today if you suspect you may have a stone bruise.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor 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 Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Heel Spur Symptoms

Heel spurs are a bony protrusion in the feet. These protrusions can be hook-shaped and usually attach to the heel bone. The specific symptoms associated with bone spurs might vary from patient to patient, however there are certain symptoms that are usually common. For example, many individuals that suffer from bone spurs experience some kind of heel pain. This is usually the case because having heel spurs can stretch and inflame the plantar fascia. Additionally, many people with bone spurs might also experience a burning sensation of some kind. If you are curious to learn more about the symptoms of bone spurs, contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Sunday, 04 December 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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