When you come in with heel pain, there is a decent chance we will tell you it is due to plantar fasciitis. We’ll explain that it involves an inflammation in the ligament under your foot, and prescribe a course of treatment, but what if you want to learn more? You know you can always ask us questions, but maybe you retain information better if you can read it rather than just hear it. That’s what our online patient education library is for—to give you a written resource to dig a little deeper into the causes of foot problems and learn more about foot care techniques.
Did you know that about one fourth of your bones are found in your feet? 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments comprise this complicated foundation of your body that allows you to run, walk, and jump. Add to that your blood vessels, nerves and skin, and you can see how many possibilities there are for something to go wrong.
Understanding your problem can help you see the causes, the importance of treatment, and the ways you may be able to prevent it from getting worse or coming back. Take Achilles tendinitis, for example. When you learn that this condition often happens from overuse, or from not properly conditioning your feet and ankles for the actions you demand of them, it will help you realize the importance of resting to let the tissue heal and stretching to make the tendon more limber. You can also be careful to add new activity gradually in stages so your body gets used to the added trauma and can withstand it better.
You can use the patient education resources to learn about various remedies for a problem. Look up the causes of bunions, and you will understand that treatment may be as simple as changing your shoe style or being fitted with orthotics. Learn that if you do nothing the problem will most likely get worse, and may end up requiring surgery to correct the alignment of the bones in your foot, so you can regain comfort and mobility.
The library includes information on all types of foot conditions, including deformities like hammertoe and heel spurs, injuries like fractures and sprains, nerve compression problems like Morton’s neuroma, complications from disease such as diabetic ulcers, or nail and skin problems like calluses, warts, and fungal nails. Just enter the term you want to learn about in our search bar to see what we can tell you about it.
Don’t forget to check out our blogs, too. These help keep you up-to-date on common foot conditions and the current trends in caring for them.
We strongly believe that an informed patient has a better chance at a good outcome, because then we can partner and work together to put an end to your pain and allow you to resume your normal activity. Great foot care is a team effort, with all hands needed on deck—including yours!
If you have pain or numbness in your feet or have injured them in some way, give Axis Foot & Ankle Clinic a call at (403) 477-3338 to set up an appointment at one of our three, convenient locations in Calgary, AB. We look forward to helping you restore your feet to full health and function!
Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.
Also known as heel spur syndrome, the condition is often successfully treated with conservative measures, such as the use of anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. Note: Please consult your physician before taking any medications. In persistent cases, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) may be used to treat the heel pain.