The Orleans Dynamic foot Clinic offers you treatments for ingrown toenails, plantar warts, plantar fasciitis, bunions, Morton's neuroma, flat foot, and more. Contact our Doctor of Podiatric Medicine to relief your foot pain.

La Clinique Podiatrique Orleans Dynamic vous offre des traitements adaptés pour les ongles incarnés, verrues plantaires, oignons, Névrome de Morton, pied plat, et bien plus. Contactez nos docteurs en médecine podiatrique pour soulage vos maux de pieds.

What is plantar fasciitis or heel spur?

The plantar fascia is a thick, flexible band of tissue that covers the bottom of the foot.

Normally the plantar fascia can deal with the demands of daily use, protected by the foot’s arch. When put under excessive stress – for example by flat feet, inadequate footwear or irregular walking patterns – small tears develop in the tissue. Over time this causes inflammation and irritation. A person is then said to be suffering from plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is common amongst athletes – particularly runners and ballet dancers. It also occurs in people who stand or walk for long periods of the day.

Stretching of the plantar fascia can also cause the associated condition known as heel spur, where calcium deposits build up under the heel bone leading to inflammation and pain.

Symptoms

Plantar fasciitis is often worst in the morning – stabbing pain with the day’s first steps. This is because the tissue has contracted while at rest and is now being stretched again. Pain gradually decreases as the foot loosens up. Over a day’s activity, however, it returns – especially with heavy use of the feet. While plantar fasciitis is often felt around the heel, it may strike anywhere along the sole of the foot.

Seek a solution

Ignoring plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic pain. The first step towards feeling happy on your feet is booking a consultation at the Orleans Dynamic Foot Clinic. A doctor of podiatric medicine will perform a thorough examination using x-rays and the latest technology to determine the activity or biomechanical aspect of your feet which has caused the problem. The treatments you are prescribed should not only aid you in your plantar fasciitis recovery, but also help prevent the pain from recurring.

The facts on flat feet

People with flat feet lack support from their arches – either partially or completely. This is a widespread feature of foot structure resulting from genetics, tissue damage or the ageing process.

While flat feet may not cause foot pain in everyone, the condition can contribute to related pain in the upper and lower body as the shock of impact that comes with walking or running is not properly absorbed by the feet. When this happens, the impact of a person’s weight hitting the ground passes through other joints in the body such as the knees, hips and back, even as far up as the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. A person’s posture and gait may be affected as the body attempts to compensate for this stress.

While not always a problem in and of themselves, flat feet can play a part in related foot, ankle and knee problems. Because they result in greater pressure on the feet and joints, there is a risk of developing other issues if appropriate footwear or preventative precautions are not adopted.

The Orleans Dynamic foot Clinic offers you treatments for ingrown toenails, plantar warts, plantar fasciitis, bunions, Morton's neuroma, flat foot, and more. Contact our Doctor of Podiatric Medicine to relief your foot pain.

La Clinique Podiatrique Orleans Dynamic vous offre des traitements adaptés pour les ongles incarnés, verrues plantaires, oignons, Névrome de Morton, pied plat, et bien plus. Contactez nos docteurs en médecine podiatrique pour soulage vos maux de pieds.

Associated problems

Flat feet are linked with overpronation – in which the feet lean inwards while walking.  People with flat feet may also be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. A flat foot without added support can also cause the foot to be unstable, risking injury.

Flat feet may cause progressive deformities. Left untreated, they can lead to problems such as walking difficulty, chronic pain, arthritic pain and tendonitis.

Preventative care

Flat feet should be evaluated by a doctor of podiatric medicine. If you experience discomfort or would like to take preventative measures to avoid problems associated with flat feet, book a consultation at the Orleans Dynamic Foot Clinic. Our specialists can recommend a course of treatment – such as use of custom orthotics – to improve foot support and movement and reduce the possibility of pain from injury or the wear and tear of living with flat feet.

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Orthotics and pain

We use state-of-the-art technology and advanced orthotics to treat foot and related body pain.

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Ingrown toenails and warts

Ingrown toenails and warts should be treated before they worsen. Learn more and book a consultation with our DPM.

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Bunions and Morton’s neuromas

Don’t let these painful conditions interfere with your performance or enjoyment of life. Learn more and book a consultation with our Doctors of Podiatric Medicine.

Frequently asked questions

How can I relieve pain from plantar fasciitis?

Conservative treatments help calm the fascia and decrease inflammation. Some basic and effective steps include:

  • Stretches – stretching your calf (Achilles) and plantar fascia will relax the tight muscles, reducing heel pain, especially prior to getting out of bed. This can be done several times a day.

  • Icing – it reduces swelling and pain, allowing the tissue to heal faster.

  • Massaging – massaging will break up scar tissue and increase blood flow to the area to help with healing.

In addition to these basic measures, your doctor of podiatric medicine can prescribe a custom orthotic insole device, which will support the foot and decrease stress on the arch.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is generally a chronic condition. It is rarely caused by a single trauma to the foot. Common causes include:

  • Tight calf muscles and/or tight Achilles tendons

  • Frequent running or extended periods of time standing

  • Shoes with soft soles or poor arch support

How are flat feet different in children?

Children with flat feet may experience pain that causes them to withdraw from sports and other physical activities. They may choose not to participate, feeling it’s too demanding or they can’t keep up. Other symptoms include leg pain or tiredness at night, sometimes referred to as “growing pains”. You may notice that the child is prone to tripping when walking, or that their shoes are wearing out quickly. Children will often not complain of pain caused by flat feet directly, expressing the symptoms as a general tiredness from physical activity.

There are additional conditions that stem from flat feet, so it’s very important that your child’s flat feet are properly evaluated to avoid further pain and deformities. A collapsed arch causes the leg and knee to turn inward, which can result in foot, back and knees problems. A proper examination is performed by a doctor of podiatric medicine and includes angle measurements by x-ray.

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