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Is foot pain disrupting your life? Seventy-seven percent of Americans have experienced foot pain, according to the American Podiatric Medicine Association, yet only a third have considering visiting a foot doctor. Your Clinton and Waldorf, MD, podiatrists Dr. Larry Hotchkiss and Dr. Justin Pointer offer effective treatment for foot pain and foot injuries.
What causes foot pain?
Injuries are a common cause of pain. You may step on a hard object and bruise the fat pad under your heel or fall and break a bone in your foot. Other types of injuries include:
- Stress Fractures: Stress fractures, small cracks that develop in the bones, can cause foot pain. If you ignore the pain and continue your usual activities, the cracks can turn into actual fractures.
- Sprains: Sprains occur when the ligaments that hold the bones of your foot together are stretched or torn. The injury can occur after a fall or if you've been in a car accident.
- Overuse Injuries: Working out too hard or too long or suddenly increasing the intensity of your workout can cause a variety of foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis and Achille's tendinitis. You may be at increased risk of developing these painful conditions if you wear worn out or poorly fitting shoes.
How can my foot doctor help me?
Pain from minor injuries may ease in just a few days as long as you stay off your feet, apply ice packs and take anti-inflammatories to decrease swelling and pain. If your pain is severe or lingers longer than a week or two, it's time to call your Clinton or Waldorf foot doctor.
If you have a sprain or fracture, your podiatrist may recommend a walking boot, cast or crutches to relieve pressure on your foot while it heals. Prescription shoe inserts called orthotics improve the alignment of your foot and also cushion it. Depending on your condition, your foot doctor may recommend pain medication, corticosteroid injections for pain or even surgery if your condition doesn't respond to conservative treatment options.
Physical therapy may also be helpful if you have a foot injury. During sessions, you'll learn stretching exercises that will strengthen muscles that support the bones and joints of your foot and loosen tight muscles.
Don't let pain from foot injuries keep you from enjoying your life. Schedule an appointment with podiatrists Dr. Larry Hotchkiss and Dr. Justin Pointer by calling (301) 868-3899 for the Clinton, MD, office or (301) 843-9581 for the Waldorf office.
What do Kevin Durant, Brian Orakpo and Alexander Ovechkin all have in common?
Well they are all pro athletes, all millionaires and most importantly they rely on their feet to stay healthy to make a living. Without healthy painless feet these men would not have a career, but you do not need to be a pro athlete to know the importance of healthy feet. At Southern Maryland Foot and Ankle in Clinton and Waldorf Maryland, Dr. Larry Hotchkiss, D.P.M. recognizes the importance for all of our patients to have healthy feet. It is important for people of all ages to wear supportive shoes that are the correct size, no holes in the soles and have a supportive arch as well as wearing a pair of custom or semi-custom orthotics. Orthotics help the foot to function or move correctly when people are walking, jogging or even running. For many people custom orthotics can improve foot health, as well as, eliminate pain from the feet, the knees and the back. So whether you shoot free throws, score touch down, have a goal winning slap shot or just go for a leisurely walk in the park everyone should learn the benefits of supportive foot wear and orthotics today. Custom orthotic measuring and ordering are available at both of our convenient locations and come in today and visit our full service shoe store in our Clinton location. We offer a variety of tennis shoes, high heel, sandals and even work boots. So let us help bring out the athlete in you!