Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Care in Pennsylvania
When you have foot and ankle pain, you want answers to your concerns fast. Browse through our collection of answers to frequently asked questions. Our hope is that you will find the information you need to get relief for your foot and ankle pain in Pennsylvania.
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Why does the ball of my foot hurt?
Ball of foot pain is sometimes referred to as “metatarsalgia” because it exists near the metatarsal bones of the foot. There are multiple reasons why one might have metatarsalgia, many of which deal with the ways weight and force are being applied to the foot. An abnormality in the shape of the foot, such as hammertoes, flat feet, or an overly long metatarsal bone, can place excess stress on the region. A breakdown of the fatty tissues that cushions the ball of the foot might also be contributing to the problem.
If pain comes with the feeling of walking on something such as a pebble, it is more likely that a neuroma is to blame. This is a thickening of nerve tissue between the toes, often due to tight shoes or, once again, abnormalities in foot shape.
Pain in the ball of the foot is not something to ignore. The doctors at Martin Foot and Ankle can get to the source and provide expert treatment to avoid potentially worse problems down the line. Contact our offices in Hanover, Lancaster, Lititz, and York by calling (717) 757-3537.
Why does my heel hurt in the morning?
Intense morning heel pain is usually caused by plantar fasciitis. This overuse injury involves a swelling, thickening, and stiffening of the plantar fascia band attached in your sole. When you stand or walk around, your body weight and downward pressure force the tissue to stretch out. Staying off your feet for too long, though, allows the plantar fascia to swell and stiffen again. This typically happens while you sleep at night.
Then when you get up first thing in the morning, the pressure on the tissue suddenly and forcibly stretches it, possibly causing painful micro-tears in the connector. This causes the sharp and intense morning heel pain. Taking care of plantar fasciitis early after it develops can help go a long way in eliminating the discomfort. Dr. Keith Tyson or one of our other podiatrists at Martin Foot and Ankle in York, Hanover, Lancaster and Lititz, PA can help you manage your condition. Call (717) 757-3537 or use the website to make an appointment with us.
Why does my heel hurt?
There are many different causes of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis—an inflammation of the tendon running along the sole of your foot—is a common culprit. You could have also developed Achilles tendinitis, which is an irritated Achilles tendon. In children, the problem is often Sever’s disease, or inflammation in the growth plate. Sometimes it could be a stress fracture in the heel bone. Bursitis and “pump bumps” are other possibilities.
To know what is causing your discomfort, have your foot evaluated by an expert, like the podiatrists at Martin Foot and Ankle. They will perform tests and use diagnostic images to determine what structure in your heel is causing your pain. Once they have diagnosed your discomfort, they can help you remedy it. The good news is that the majority of heel pain cases are resolved using conservative measures.
For more information or to schedule and appointment at one of our five offices in York, Hanover, Lancaster or Lititz, PA; please call us at 717-757-3537.