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Frequent Foot Questions: What You Want to Know About Ankle and Foot Health

Exploring medical options to cope with pain can be very overwhelming, and it can be hard to know where to start. Here, we share our most commonly asked questions from people just like you. Whether you are wondering what is causing your pain or trying to find out what treatment options are available to you, find answers here in our frequently asked questions section.

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  • What can I do at home to relieve bunion pain?

    There are certain measures you can take for at-home relief for bunion pain. Use shoes with wide, deep toe boxes and low heels that limit pressure on the bony protrusion. Wear gel or moleskin pads around the bump to help cushion it and limit friction against the skin. Sometimes taping the toe or wearing a splint at night can help as well. Much of the pain related to bunions develops when the joint is irritated and inflamed. Ice the joint regularly to discourage swelling and reduce any inflammation.

    For persistent bunion pain you may need more than just home remedies. Sometimes orthotics or injections of pain medications are necessary. Serious cases may require surgery. Contact Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, for an appointment or more information about caring for your bunion. Call (830) 569-3338 or fill out the website contact form to reach us.

  • Is Achilles Tendonitis Preventable?

    Preventing Achilles tendonitis may be possible if you take the right precautions. The key is how you condition your tendon. Begin any new activity slowly, so your Achilles can learn to adjust and accommodate the increased stress over time. Try cross-training with low-impact activities as well, to help your tendons build strength without the hard shocks. Make sure you wear supportive shoes that appropriately stabilize your arches and cushion your soles.

    You should also stretch and strengthen your calf muscles as part of your daily routine. First thing in the morning and after exercising, do wall or runner’s stretches to loosen your calves and manage your flexibility. Perform calf raises and other similar motions to help condition your tendons. If you do develop Achilles tendonitis, don’t wait to seek treatment. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton, TX, for an appointment. Call (830) 569-3338 or use our website request form to reach us.

  • What are my Treatment Options for an Achilles Injury?

    There are a variety of treatment options for Achilles injuries. The most effective one for you depends on your unique situation and the extent of your injury. For Achilles tendonitis, conservative therapies like rest, ice, and physical therapy exercises tend to work well. You will probably need to adjust your footwear to provide more support for your heel, and use a compression bandage to discourage swelling. You may still need anti-inflammatory medications to decrease the irritation in your tendon.

    A partial tear or a rupture will need more involved treatments. Most complete ruptures are surgically repaired and then immobilized for a period of time, followed with physical therapy to regain your strength and flexibility. Some partial tears can be managed conservatively, using immobilization and exercises to restore the foot.

    If you’re concerned about an Achilles injury, have it treated right away. Contact Dr. Darren Silvester at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic here in Pleasanton, TX, for an appointment by calling (830) 569-3338 or requesting it online.