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Ganglion cysts are commonly found on the hands and the feet. They are sometimes painful and sometimes asymptomatic. The cysts originate generally either from a joint or a tendon and contain a fluid that looks a lot like hair gel clinically. The fluid itself typically comes from either joint fluid or tendon fluid called synovial fluid that leaks into an area where it is not meant to be.
In previous generations, people would try to hit them with the Bible or another large book in the house to try to "explode" the cyst to make it go away. Treament we typically perform today includes trying to drain the cyst if it is painful. If it returns after being drained, surgically removal of ganglion cyst is another treatment option. Bumps that develop on your feet and ankles are not normal, and if you think you may be developing this, call our foot and ankle specialist at 719-488-4664, so we can help you!
The American Podiatric Medical Association found that out of all the foot conditions Americans struggle with, heel pain tops the list. It’s a problem that can significantly affect a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities—especially if you’re highly active. If heel pain is affecting your day to day life, find out how a foot and ankle specialist at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO can help.
Causes of Heel Pain
If you examine your daily habits, you may get a clue as to what has caused your heel pain. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Bad unsupportive shoe wear (women who wear high heels are at risk).
- Intense athletic activity that puts pressure on the arch of the foot
- Overpronation (walking in a way that causes the foot to roll inward too much).
- Being overweight or obese (the excess weight puts too much pressure on the feet).
When It Begins to Affect Your Day to Day Life...
Heel pain may come and go, but when it persists throughout your day you have to do something about it. Heel pain can get progressively worse and without treatment, you could begin to develop heel spurs (bony growths on the heel). After a simple exam with your Colorado Springs foot doctor, you might find out that one or two simple changes in your daily routine could give you lasting relief.
Heel Pain Treatment to the Rescue
Let your podiatrist rescue your feet with heel pain treatments. Here are some of the most common solutions that you and your doctor will explore:
- NSAID pain medications.
- Stretching exercises that help heal damaged ligaments.
- Foot wrapping to secure and support the arch.
- Orthotic devices.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment, also known as ESWT (pulses of energy heal the tissues and ligaments that are causing heel pain).
It’s Time to Get Help with Heel Pain
With help from a doctor at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, you can finally get relief from constant heel pain. Call (719) 488-4664 today to schedule a checkup and examination with Dr. Matthew Hinderland at his office in Colorado Springs, CO.
Courtesy of one of our patients.
Where should you not park when you go see the podiatrist? ... The toe-away zone!
Yes, podiatry jokes are corny. Maybe you got that one too.
Call us at 719-488-4664 for all of your foot and ankle needs! We are here to serve the Colorado Springs and surrounding area. We see children and adults for everything from fractures to small aches.
Some people develop bumps in their arch and most commonly they are plantar fibromas. A plantar fibroma is a nodule that forms within the plantar fascia, and they are often painful. We think they develop from an initial tear in the fascia that then cause scar tissue to form around the tear. They can often be treated by different ways of offloading to help decrease pain.
Lumps, bumps, or nodules in the foot are never normal. Sometimes more advanced imaging is necessary to evaluate these further and determine the best ways to treat them. If you are experiencing any pain or problems in your foot or ankle, call of Colorado Springs Podiatry office at 719-488-4664, so we can help you today!
Pain in the ball of the foot is often referred to as metatarsalgia. The term metatarsalgia just simply means pain that is in the metatarsals. There are several different causes of this pain such as stress fractures, neuromas, abnormalities in the length of the bones in the feet that can cause capsulitis, and a tight achilles tendon (equinus). Other more rare causes include Freiberg's infraction or avascular necrosis of the metatarsal head and bone spur formation.
Many of these problems can be helped with shoe modifications or using a custom orthotic with different types of built in pads called metatarsal pads or metatarsal bars. When conservative therapy fails to relieve the pain, sometimes surgical options can be used as a last resort if necessary.
If you are experiencing foot and ankle pain, it is not normal, and we can help. Call our Colorado Springs foot and ankle doctor today at 719-488-4664, so we can get you back on your feet!
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