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By Dr. Eric Arp
November 13, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrist in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK, can help your feet

Heel pain doesn’t have to keep you on the couch! Here at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Eric Arp offers a wide range of foot care services, heelpainincluding effective treatments for heel pain. With two convenient office locations in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK, he's here to help you and your feet feel better!

 

More about Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by:

  • A heel bruise, which can result from stepping on sharp objects
  • A heel spur, which can result from excess calcium deposits on your heel
  • Plantar fasciitis, which can result from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue running across your heel

You can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from mild heel pain. Consider:

  • Applying ice on your heel to reduce swelling
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication to relieve symptoms
  • Stretching your arches for a few minutes daily
  • Avoiding high impact activities like running or jogging
  • Changing to more supportive, cushioned shoes

Plantar fasciitis can produce moderate to severe heel pain. It’s a common condition for runners, but you don’t have to be a runner to suffer from plantar fasciitis. Overpronating, or rolling your feet when you walk, and standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods of time can cause plantar fasciitis. You are also at higher risk of plantar fasciitis if you carry extra weight, or have flat feet.

If you have plantar fasciitis, you should seek out the services of your podiatrist. Dr. Arp may recommend:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear to help support your heels
  • Physical therapy to increase mobility and flexibility
  • Prescription-strength medications to decrease inflammation and pain
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

 

Need Relief? Contact Us

Don’t suffer from heel pain when help is just a phone call away! For more information about heel pain treatment, call Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, with offices in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK. For the Harrison location, dial (870) 365-3668 (FOOT), and for Mountain Home, dial (870) 425-7363.

By Dr. Eric Arp
July 24, 2019
Category: Foot Issues

How your podiatrist in Harrison, AR can help your feet when you have diabetes

Did you know that over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes? Did you know that it is the 7th leading cause of death? If you Diabetesare one of the many people affected by diabetes, you need to know about diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a common, painful condition that affects your extremities, including your feet.

Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic can help with you deal with nerve pain and other issues associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. He has two convenient offices in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, to help you.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is caused by impairment of your nervous system associated with diabetes. Your nerves become damaged, affecting your arms, legs, hands, and feet. The nerve damage can result in you injuring your feet, and you may not feel it. You may not feel hot or cold, making it easier to burn or freeze the skin on your feet.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can happen gradually, and you may experience signs and symptoms like these:

  • Numbness and tingling in your feet and legs
  • Sharp or burning pain in your feet and legs
  • Muscle weakness in your legs and feet
  • Balance problems

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, it’s time to see your podiatrist for an evaluation. Your podiatrist will evaluate your reflexes, and your ability to feel slight sensations in your feet and legs.

If you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the first step is ensuring your blood sugar level is controlled. Medications are effective in controlling the tingling and burning symptoms. Physical therapy and exercising may also be recommended to help maintain flexibility and strength.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can dramatically affect your life. The condition can produce serious consequences including loss of sensation in your legs and feet. The good news is, your podiatrist can help. To find out more about diabetic peripheral neuropathy and other foot conditions and treatments, call Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic in Harrison, AR. Call now and protect your feet!

By Dr. Eric Arp
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Dr. Eric Arp
January 03, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Crush   Crush Injury  

What is a Crush Injury?

Have a foot crush injury? A crush injury occurs when pressure or force is put on a body part. A foot crush injury may cause pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. A foot crush injury may take from a few days to a few weeks to heal. If you have a foot crush injury, you should see a podiatrist. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Read on to learn more about foot crush injuries.


Overview- A crush injury is an injury that occurs when a body part sustains intense pressure. Minor crush injuries can be caused by dropping a heavy object on a foot. However, major crush injuries, such as those sustained in vehicle accidents, can cause serious problems. Such an injury can cause a number of issues, including pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, laceration, fracture, and nerve injury. A crush injury can also cause compartment syndrome, which is a dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from swelling of tissues or internal bleeding.


Causes- The primary causes of foot crush injuries include heavy falling objects, vehicles rolling over the foot, and injuries from industrial manufacturing equipment. Crush injuries are common on farms. The most serious cases occur in agriculture where heavy machinery is used and people become trapped in them or under them. This form of injury is common after some form of trauma from a deliberate attack or following a natural disaster.


Diagnosis- A proper diagnosis is key to treating a foot crush injury. Your podiatrist can accurately assess your situation and help you make the right treatment decisions for the best possible outcome. Your doctor will start with a physical exam, with attention given to the areas of complaint. Your podiatrist may take X-rays and other forms of imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT).


Treatment- Firstly, any wounds that are present will need to be cleaned and bandaged to prevent infection. Treatments for a foot crush injury may also include medication, casting, kinesiology taping, ice and heat, physical therapy, or surgery. Often more than one of these treatments are used. Crush injuries of the foot are very serious. Potentially devastating complications can occur if these injuries are underestimated or mismanaged.


A foot crush injury can affect your day-to-day activities and make your life miserable. Whether your goal is getting back to the work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, a podiatrist can help. If you want to feel better and live well, find a podiatrist near you and schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Eric Arp
September 08, 2017
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Bunions   Bunion Surgery  

Bunion Pain

Characterized by a large, unsightly bump on the side of the big toe joint, bunions signal an underlying deformity in the structure of the foot. Left untreated, bunions may become progressively worse, causing severe discomfort, difficulty walking, redness and swelling.

Treatment options vary with the severity of each bunion. Identifying the deformity early in its development is important in avoiding surgery. Common conservative treatments include rest, ice, padding, orthotics and footwear modifications. Many times a combination of these simple lifestyle changes and non-surgical approaches are enough to relieve the pain and stop the progression of the bunion, although these treatments won’t reverse the actual deformity.

When non-surgical treatments fail to relieve your pain, or your bunion is interfering with normal, daily activities, our office may recommend a bunionectomy, which involves the surgical removal of a bunion to reduce pressure and repair the joint. There are a variety of surgical procedures available to treat bunions. The goal of surgery is to correct the deformity by realigning the toe. This is accomplished by removing the bony bump and restoring normal, pain-free function.  

When Should I Consider Bunion Surgery?

  • Nonsurgical, conservative treatment has failed to relieve your bunion pain
  • Walking or performing normal, everyday tasks is difficult and painful
  • The simple act of wearing shoes causes pain
  • Your big toe joint is constantly swollen

Your age and health may also determine your candidacy for bunion surgery. Your podiatrist will work with you to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. With the surgical removal of bunions, we can relieve your pain and help you return to the activities you enjoy!