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Arch Pain Causes and Treatment

Arch pain (often referred to as arch strain) refers to an inflammation and/or burning sensation at the arch of the foot. There are many different factors that can cause arch pain such as flat feet, high arches, structural imbalance, or an injury to the foot. The most common condition that causes arch pain, however, is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. If you notice any arch pain that is persistent, consult Dr. Frank Killian at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry, PC today.
The arch of the foot is a collection of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles that are constructed to allow your foot to bear the weight of your body safely. Some arch pain symptoms could include the following: a dull, constant ache if the ligaments have been overstretched, swelling or tenderness of the foot, difficulty putting weight on the foot, and/or a sharp pain when the foot is manipulated. It’s import…

Manage Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of sharp, aching pain on the bottom of the heel. The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that lies directly beneath the skin on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis develops when this strong band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. Fortunately, Dr. Frank Killian of Mercer-Ocean Podiatry can treat the problem.
More than 90% of patients with plantar fasciitis will notice an immediate improvement in managing pain once seeking out treatment. Common treatment methods include decreasing or even stopping activities that make the pain worse. Additionally, rolling your foot over a cold water bottle will reduce inflammation. Foot orthotics and physical therapy may be suggested depending on the level of discomfort. To discuss treatment options with Dr. Frank Killian, schedule a consultation today.
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We frequently treat people with overuse injuries at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry. Most people know to beware of signs of tendinitis, but they may not know about tendinosis. The conditions are similar, but not identical, which is why we want to educate patients about tendinosis as part of our preventive care.
The suffix “-itis” is used to describe inflammation. The word tendinosis describes what happens when the collagen fibers that make up a tendon wear away without an inflammatory response. As the tendon becomes more frayed, it becomes more difficult for the tendons to do their job, resulting in joint stiffness. It may also cause the tendon’s sheath to harden and for abnormal blood vessel growth. Tendinosis is often painful and feels like burning.
When people suspect they are injured, they should rest, put a cold pack on the limb, compress it, and elevate it. But if pain persists for more than a day or two, they should get it examined. While it is possible to repair tendons surgically in the …