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"Oh, my aching feet." We say that from time to time, but when should foot pain send you to the doctor? At Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, your foot doctor, Dr. Daniel Roche, urges all his patients to pay close attention to what's happening with their feet and ankles. When pain and other symptoms persist, it's time for an examination.
What causes foot pain?
There are many causes of foot pain. Overuse from athletic training, standing at work for long periods of time or wearing ill-fitting or poorly supportive shoes are just a few examples.
However, individuals who have suffered injuries to the lower extremities, have a history of serious underlying health conditions (diabetes or peripheral artery disease) or who have congenital or acquired deformities (such as hammertoes or bunions) should pay heed to:
- Increased and persistent pain
- Changes in skin color, temperature and texture
- Noticeably thickened toenails
- Any cuts, blisters, or bruising which do not resolve
- Wounds which do not heal
- Discharge from a laceration or blister
- Pronounced and long-lasting tingling
The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) says that heel pain is the most common kind of foot discomfort experienced by adults in the United States. In fact, a full 43 percent of Americans report heel pain of one degree or another each year. Plantar fasciitis and bone spurs often cause heel pain.
When you should visit your foot doctor?
Healthy adults benefit from annual foot examinations at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ. Dr. Roche will assess your podiatric health in terms of circulation, musculoskeletal structure and function, skin condition, color, and neurological response. Also, he'll discuss any complaints you may have, including foot pain. Depending on your symptoms, he may order a variety of testing procedures such as:
- Digital X-rays
- Physical examination
Regarding sudden injury or foot pain which increases in severity or frequency, you should see Dr. Roche right away. First aid for foot pain from a fall, twisted ankle or other mishap includes:
- Ice (to the affected area--15 minutes on and 15 minutes off)
- Compression and support with an elastic bandage
- Elevation of the foot above the level of the heart
Shoe padding and quality foot wear work well to cushion the substantial physical forces which our feet encounter every day. If you have a painful gait issue, such as overpronation or flat feet, your foot doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription shoe inserts to balance your bones, muscles, and ligaments and to cushion your feet as you walk or run.
Find out more
Don't suffer from pain. If you have foot pain, please contact Dr. Daniel Roche right away. He has two offices to serve the needs of his patients. In Edison, phone (908) 753-0500, or for the Woodbridge location, call (732) 636-8500.
How your foot doctor in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ can help with plantar fasciitis
Foot pain can be annoying and debilitating, keeping you from doing the activities you love. One of the most common causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becoming inflamed. The inflammation causes swelling, pressure, tightness, and pain.
Fortunately, there are foot treatments to help reduce and eliminate your pain. Dr. Daniel J. Roche at Roche Podiatry Group wants to help you get back on your feet. He has two convenient office locations in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ to help you.
The inflammation of plantar fasciitis is common in runners and joggers, but other common issues can cause plantar fasciitis too. Plantar fasciitis is often caused by excessive pronation or rolling your foot when you walk. You also have a greater risk of plantar fasciitis if you:
- Are at least 40 year old
- Are overweight or obese
- Suffer from flat feet
- Wear flat, unsupportive, or worn-out shoes
So, how can you tell if you have plantar fasciitis? There are a few obvious signs and symptoms to pay attention to, including:
- Pain that gets worse after you wake up
- Pain that increases when you stand after being seated
- Stabbing, aching pain on your heel and the side of your foot
- Increasing pain when you exercise
So, how do you treat plantar fasciitis? You can try a few easy, non-invasive home remedies like these:
- Icing your heel several times each day
- Doing arch stretches every day
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications
- Remember to also try to maintain a healthy weight, and always wear supportive, comfortable shoes. Don’t go barefoot.
If your foot pain doesn’t resolve with home remedies, it’s time to visit Dr. Roche. He offers several effective professional treatments including:
- Custom-fit night splints and other orthotic devices
- Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication
- Stretching and physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory steroid injections around your heel
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
Plantar fasciitis can be painful, but help is just a phone call away. To find out more about the treatment of plantar fasciitis and other foot problems call Dr. Roche at Roche Podiatry Group, with offices in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ. Call today!