Foot Ankle Problems
Your feet and ankles consist of a complex series of bones, ligaments, and cartilage tissues that must work together for you to walk. For Sunshine Coast residents, treating foot ankle pain can be a complex matter as well. This is because with 26 bones that make up 30 small joints, one small issue can become a big problem if not treated correctly.
The Myth About Arches
A lot has been made of the shape of the arches in the feet. And while they are important, the impression given is that depending on the shape you may need professional help. That is not necessarily true as many people live comfortably with arches that are not considered normal.
The arches in the feet help support and evenly distribute your weight. While most people have normal arches in their feet, some are quite high while others are low or even flat-footed. This is not necessarily an issue if you use the proper arch support. However, it is true that you will more likely suffer from issues with your feet.
When Professional Feet Help is Needed
Taking care of your feet means wearing the proper shoes, getting the right arch support, checking podiatry support, and knowing when to get off your feet when needed. However, there are certain issues that should get you to a doctor even if you are not in that much pain or discomfort.
- Chronic Pain: Pain that has lasted for at least three months
- Ulceration of the Skin: May indicate infection or lack of proper blood flow
- Colour Changes: If your skin is turning an unusual colour over time with no explanation
If you have a condition such as scleroderma, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis, then you should check with your doctor about what is the proper footwear.
Once you have been diagnosed with a particular ailment, then you should get the proper treatment that corrects the issue. Plus, you can take steps to help prevent it from returning such as the following.
- Steroid Injections
- DMARDs: Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
Insoles: A simple pair of insoles may provide the proper support that may lower the pain or even prevent the issue from getting worse.
NSAID: These are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that reduce the inflammation in heel or arch area. Such drugs are often used for those who have arthritis or other persistent issue that causes inflammation. Just beware that there are certain side effects.
Surgery: In some cases, surgery is the only course of action. This means correcting an issue or even removing parts of a bone or nodule that is causing the pain. It is usually performed as a last resort.
If you live in the Sunshine Coast and are suffering from foot ankle pain, then you can seek out professional treatment. By addressing issues of the feet and ankles sooner rather than later, you can avoid making the situation worse. Plus, by wearing the proper footwear and taking care of your feet, you can help avoid much of the pain and discomfort that otherwise might slow you down. Contact Luke at Coolum Podiatry Solutions.