Most people don’t put much thought into their feet until they experience a problem. The feet are the body’s foundation, allowing you to walk, stand, run, and jump. They also endure a lot of stress from the work they do each day, and various foot problems can develop, which may cause pain, discomfort, or mobility problems.
At Renew Foot & Ankle, LLC, in Grand Rapids and Bigfork, Minnesota, double board-certified podiatrist Dr. Eric Gilbertson, DPM, FACFAS, is committed to helping you maintain healthy feet and treatment for common foot problems.
Here are five of the most common foot problems and how they are treated:
A painful condition caused by inflammation, plantar fasciitis commonly presents as heel pain in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue running along the bottom of your feet, connecting your toes to your heel bones.
Dr. Gilbertson recommends the following to treat plantar fasciitis:
For severe plantar fasciitis, he may also recommend pysical therapy to aid in healing and recovery.
Ingrown toenails occur when a portion of the toenail curves inward and grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, swelling, and potential infection. To treat ingrown toenails, Dr. Gilbertson suggests the following:
If do-it-yourself treatment doesn’t resolve the ingrown toenail, Dr. Gilbertson will recommend removing the ingrown portion of the toenail.
A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the base of the big toe, causing it to point inwards and creating discomfort while walking. Treatment options for bunions include:
Surgical intervention may be considered for severe bunions that cause discomfort or pain.
Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection that affects the skin between the toes and the soles of the feet, causing itching, burning, and cracked skin. Treating athlete's foot involves:
Left untreated, athlete’s foot infections can migrate to other areas of the body. If the home remedies don’t resolve your athlete’s foot, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gilbertson for prescription-strength medication.
Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the heel bone, often associated with plantar fasciitis. Treatment methods for heel spurs include:
For severe heel spurs cases, surgical heel spur removal may be recommended.
Taking care of your feet is essential for your overall well-being. The Renew Foot & Ankle team is here to diagnose, treat, and prevent common foot problems, ensuring you can lead an active and pain-free life. If you are experiencing foot-related issues, don't hesitate to contact Renew Foot and Ankle by calling the office in Bigfork or Grand Rapids, Minnesota, or scheduling an online appointment.