Aches and Pains

Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation or tearing of the thick band of tissue that runs under your foot. This band is called the Plantar Fascia, and it connects your heel bone to your toes. The tissue becomes irritated and inflamed and can produce painful symptoms.

Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis are
  • Weight gain
  • Flat feet
  • Running/Sudden increase in Physical activity
  • Foot injuries/Trauma to the foot
  • The way you walk
  • Wearing improper/non-supportive footwear
  • Increasing Age
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Standing on your feet for extended amount of hours
Treatment options
Custom Foot Orthotics

Prescribed by our foot specialists, these high quality, comfortable, custom products are designed to take pressure off your plantar fascia, alleviate your present heel pain and have the highest rates of effectiveness for plantar fasciitis. Insuring proper offloading also means that it is less likely to reoccur.

Shockwave therapy

Produces an anti-inflammatory response, enhancing blood circulation to help regenerate damaged tissue. This type of therapy accelerates the healing process with no side effects and no downtime after treatments!

Laser therapy

An anti-inflamatory light that improves tissue repair and reduces pain/ inflammation in your foot. This therapy treats the local area and improves blood flow into the area. Laser therapy is a pain free treatment that has no side effects or downtime after therapy.

Strengthening/ Stretching exercise

These custom designed exercise plans increase strength and mobility and encourage blood flow to the area. These exercises will help reduce your pain and help prevent further injury.

Medications

Our foot specialists may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to help manage your pain and treat your acute or chronic plantar fasciitis. Oral medications, injectable cortisone, or topical medications can be administered for your pain.

Footwear

Proper, comfortable footwear is required to help the healing process for your plantar fasciitis. Well supporting, comfortable shoes are important to get you back on your feet!

Heel Spur

A heel spur is calcium deposits that build up on the underside or back of your heel bone. Heel Spurs can become inflamed, and cause inflammation in your plantar fascia as well, causing pain in your heel. A heel spur can be caused by excessive strain on the muscles and ligaments in your foot or an injury to the muscle that covers over your heel bone.

Custom Foot Orthotics

Prescribed by our foot specialists, these high quality, comfortable custom products are designed to redistribute pressure evenly in your feet and alleviate your present heel pain.

Shockwave therapy:

Produces an anti-inflammatory response, enhancing blood circulation to help regenerate damaged tissue and breaks down the calcium deposits in your heel. This type of therapy accelerates the healing process with no side effects and no downtime after treatments!

Pain in the Ball of the Foot / Metatarsalgia

Metatarsalgia is used to describe pain in the ball of the foot and is typically aggravated with physical activity. Metatarsalgia can be a result of some nerve entrapment, muscular pain, bunion formation, capsulitis or a cyst.

Custom Foot Orthotics

Prescribed by our foot specialists, these high quality, comfortable custom products are designed to redistribute pressure evenly in your feet and alleviate your present foot pain. Custom Foot Orthotics with a special metatarsal pad is highly recommended for this condition.

Laser Therapy:

An anti-inflamatory light that improves tissue repair and reduces pain/ inflammation in your foot. This therapy treats the local area and regenerates the tissue. Laser therapy is a pain free treatment that has no side effects or downtime after therapy.

Medications:

Our foot specialists may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to help manage your pain and reduce the inflammation. Oral medications, injectable cortisone, or topical medications can be administered for your pain.

Shockwave Therapy:

Produces an anti-inflammatory response, enhancing blood circulation to help regenerate damaged tissue. This type of therapy accelerates the healing process with no side effects and no downtime after treatments.

Bunions

Bunions are a bony, unnatural bump that forms on the side/base of your big toe. Your big toe may start to deviate towards your smaller toes, due to this hump. The skin in the area can swell, become painful and be very irritated from constant rubbing in your footwear. Bunions can cause difficulty fitting into regular shoes.

Common Causes of Bunions:
  • Narrow/ tight-fitting shoes
  • Genetics
  • Flat Feet
  • High Arches
  • Arthritis or other medical conditions

Treatments:

Mobilization and Manipulation of Joints:

Our foot specialists will teach you an at-home, manual technique to relieve pain, and stop progression of the bunion.

Padding:

Padding may be provided to protect the area and reduce irritation from friction while wearing footwear.

Footwear:

Changing your footwear can alleviate the pain from your bunions. Comfortable, wide and well-supported footwear is important and can help improve symptoms of a bunion as well as slow down the growth of your bunion.

Nightsplints:

These splints are worn overnight to help the toe and the joint realign properly.

Custom Foot Orthotics

Prescribed by our foot specialists, these high quality, comfortable custom products are designed to stabilize the joint and correct the position of the foot while standing or walking. This will help reduce the growth of the bunion as well as treat and reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the bunion.

Cold Laser therapy:

Laser therapy can reduce any pain or inflammation and prevent bunion pain. It is a safe, effective and pain-free therapy that only provides benefits for your feet!

Bunion Day Guards:

These are an ideal solution for your bunion pain. These day guards protect and support the area while providing you comfort and relief of pain. They are thin, discreet devices that gently guide the toe back into a natural position, helping with your balance. They also reduce friction caused by footwear.

Hammer Toes

Hammer Toes are caused when your toe muscles weaken, and the imbalance puts pressure on the joints and tendons, forcing the toes to bend and curl under the foot. The most common hammer toes, are the 3 middle toes.

Causes of Hammer Toes:
  • Flat Feet
  • High Arches
  • Arthritis or other medical conditions
  • Foot Injuries
  • Footwear
  • Bunions
  • Genetics

Treatments:

Hammer Toe pads:

These pads are soft, suede devices that help support the muscles in your toes and reduce the pressure of the joints. They also reduce friction caused on the toes that are curled under, preventing further complications from corns or calluses forming.

Footwear:

Changing to well supporting, comfortable footwear can help to alleviate pressure on your toe joints and support your toe muscles.

Cold Laser Therapy

Laser therapy can help reduce pain and inflammation caused from hammer toes.

Surgical Realignment

Depending on the severity of your hammer toe, a procedure can be performed to realign the joint, or if it is more aggressive then the deformity can be corrected. A referral to an orthopedic surgeon would be made for this.

Arthritis

Arthritis means inflammation of the joint and is used to describe rheumatic diseases or conditions that affect joints or tissues.

There are two main types of arthritis. First, your wear and tear osteoarthritis and second your inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid and Psoriatic).

Treatments:

Custom Foot Orthotics

Prescribed by our foot specialists, these high quality custom products are designed to stabilize the joint and correct the position of your foot while standing or walking. This will help reduce your pain caused by arthritis.

Cold Laser therapy:

An anti-inflammatory light that improves tissue repair and reduces pain/ inflammation in your foot and ankle. This therapy treats the local area and can reduce your pain caused by arthritis. Laser therapy is a pain free treatment that has no side effects or downtime after therapy.

Ankle Pain

Ankle pain can occur for a variety of different reasons. It can be a result of a sprain or strain, tendonitis, trauma to your ankle or even overuse and arthritis.

Treatments:

Custom Foot Orthotics

At the Active Podiatry clinic our most effective treatment to help with your ankle pain is our custom made orthotics. These devices help alleviate pressure on your ankle, improve the alignment and function of the foot and ankle, and reduce pain.

These custom designed insoles will also provide a simple solution for you to prevent injury in the future.

Shockwave Therapy

Produces an anti-inflammatory response, enhancing blood circulation to help mobility in the ankle and help reduce your ankle pain. This type of therapy accelerates the healing process with no side effects and no downtime after treatments!

Cold Laser Therapy

An anti-inflammatory light that improves tissue repair and reduces pain/ inflammation in your foot and ankle. This therapy treats the local area and improves circulation to the area to help you heal faster. Laser therapy is a pain free treatment that has no side effects or downtime after therapy.

Footwear

Footwear can play a big part in helping to reduce your ankle pain. Footwear supports your foot and ankle, giving stability to the area if in a proper shoe.

Strengthening and Stretching Exercises

Strengthening and stretching exercises can play a vital role in assisting mobility in your ankle and preventing injury in the future.

Medications

Our podiatrists/foot specialists may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication to help manage your ankle pain and treat your ankle injury. Oral medications, injectable cortisone, or topical medications can be administered for your pain.