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By Dr. Eric Arp
June 25, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  
PodiatristAre you wondering whether you should be turning to a podiatrist for care?
 
We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a podiatrist if you are dealing with:
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Chronic heel pain
  • A broken foot or ankle
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
  • A visible foot deformity
  • Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
  • An ulcer or open wound
Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our podiatrist’s office for care,
 
We’ll go through your medical history
 
It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.
 
We will examine your foot
 
Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the color of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.
 
We will determine if imaging tests are needing
 
Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.
 
We will map out a treatment plan
 
Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.
 
If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a podiatrist is the right doctor for you.

By Dr. Eric Arp
June 08, 2020
Category: Foot Procedures
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can make simple daily activities like walking both difficult and painful. Fortunately, various treatment options are available to provide relief from this common issue. Dr. Eric Arp, your experienced podiatrist here at Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, can develop an individualized plan to treat your heel pain.

Common Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by several factors. For instance, frequently performing repetitive motions can lead to pain and discomfort in the heels. Other causes of heel pain include arthritis, tendonitis, stress fractures, heel spurs, and foot injuries. Of the many possible causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common. It is associated with pain on the bottom of the heel that grows more intense throughout the day and often becomes progressively worse over time.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the band of plantar fascia tissues that run along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. People with flat feet or extremely high arches are especially prone to developing plantar fasciitis. Other causes of this condition include wearing shoes that are not supportive for long periods of time. Obesity can also be a factor in the development of heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.

Treatments for Heel Pain

There are many treatment options that can help you find relief from heel pain. Minor heel pain that is not due to a chronic condition can be treated by resting the foot, limiting physical activities, and applying ice to the affected area. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications can also alleviate pain. Wearing supportive shoes that are well cushioned can provide relief from heel pain once it develops or even help prevent it from occurring in the first place.

Heel pain that is more severe or chronic should be treated by a doctor. Dr. Arp, the skilled podiatrist at our clinics in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, can recommend specific treatment methods for alleviating your heel pain. Treatment options include:

  • Custom Orthotics
  • Padding and Strapping
  • Physical Therapy
  • Corticosteroids
  • Walking Cast
  • Night Splint

In some cases, surgery might be needed to provide lasting relief from heel pain. Surgery can correct structural problems in the foot that are causing pain and discomfort. Surgery is also beneficial for removing painful heel spurs or calluses that have developed on the bottom of the heel.

It is possible to find relief from your heel pain. Dr. Arp can create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. To schedule an appointment with the podiatrist, call Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic in Harrison, AR, at (870) 365-3668. We also have a clinic in Mountain Home that can be reached by calling (870) 425-7363.