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April 2022

Thursday, 28 April 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 26 April 2022 00:00

Unsightly Cracked Heels

Medical conditions that can include psoriasis and eczema may lead to unsightly cracked heels. It is an ailment that is caused by dry skin, and it can happen for a variety of reasons. The skin on the heels can become dry and cracked from wearing shoes that do not have a back, standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, or from living in a dry climate. It may be beneficial to drink plenty of fresh water daily, in addition to applying a good moisturizer on the feet before bed. In severe cases, cracks can cause pain and discomfort. Many patients find it helpful to wear shoes that are closed to protect the skin on the heels. If you suffer from this condition, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:00

Various Causes of Heel Pain

Although plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament on the sole of the foot) is often the root of heel pain, it can come from a variety of other conditions as well. For instance, compression of the medial calcaneal nerve, which travels down the inner part of the ankle, can create a tingling or numb sensation in the heel as well as pain. In older adults, fat pads in the heel can wear down (fat pad atrophy) and cause pain. Systemic inflammatory conditions such as certain types of arthritis, Reiter syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, and a common type of lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus) may sometimes be associated with heel pain. Sometimes tiny nodules, or plantar fibroma, develop on the plantar fascia which can cause pain in the arch near the heel. To have the cause of your heel pain properly diagnosed and treated, make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Milos Tomich, DPM of Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

What Is a Foot and Ankle Surgeon?

Like a brain surgeon is a specialist in the field of medicine, a foot and ankle surgeon is a specialist in the field of podiatry. They have more education and training in the field of foot and ankle care than other healthcare providers. After graduation from college, they continue their education for four more years at an accredited podiatric medical school, graduating with a degree as Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). After that, similar to medical doctors, DPMs enter a 3-year residency in podiatric medicine and surgery to train in general medicine, general surgery and surgical specialties. They also must complete a large number of diverse foot and ankle surgeries before they can be certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is well-versed in detecting diseases (like diabetes, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease) that commonly affect the foot and ankle health of their patients, as well as dealing with foot and ankle ailments, injuries and conditions more common to the general public.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Milos Tomich, DPM from Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 07 April 2022 00:00

The Difference Between Strains and Sprains

Anyone who is active in sports or running is probably familiar with foot and ankle pain, the most common of which are strains and sprains. A strain affects a muscle or tendon, which is the tissue that attaches the muscle to a bone. A sprain, however, affects a ligament, which is the band of tissue that actually holds the muscle to the bone. Strains and sprains have similar symptoms, including pain, swelling, bruising, and weakness when you move the injured body part. The main differences between them are how the injury occurs, how serious it is, and how long it may take to recover. A strain, sometimes called a pulled muscle, is more likely to occur when a person doesn’t warm up before the activity, returns to an activity after time off, or continues an activity when their muscles are tired. The muscle or tendon is stretched too far, but will probably heal in a couple of weeks. A sprain is generally the result of twisting a joint, such as an ankle, or landing wrong on the foot from a jump. The ligament is stretched or torn, and is more likely to take between four to six weeks to heal, possibly longer. If you have injured your foot or ankle during an exercise, it is wise to see a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and options for treatment.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Milos Tomich, DPM of Dr. Tomich Foot & Ankle Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Milwaukee and Wauwatosa, WI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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