Heel pain affects almost 15% of the population. “Spurs” are not the only cause of heel pain. Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Achilles Tendinopathy, Bursitis, Nerve Entrapments and Stress Fractures require professional treatment.
Custom Orthotics, like eye glasses, are made to fit your foot and allow normal and pain free walking. Off-the-shelf arch supports sold in shoe stores are not custom orthotics and can be harmful. If you’re having foot problems, don’t delay treatment.
If you or a member of your family have Diabetes, read Diabetes and Your Feet. Remain healthy and active. The American Diabetes Association suggests that all diabetics and individuals with "poor" circulation (PAD) check their feet daily. Prevent serious foot problems. Have a foot examination at least once a year.
Swelling in Your Feet
This is usually a temporary nuisance caused by standing too long or a long flight -- especially if you are pregnant. In contrast, feet that stay swollen can be a sign of a serious medical condition. The cause may be poor circulation, a problem with the lymphatic system, or a blood clot. A kidney disorder or underactive thyroid can also cause swelling.
Sores That Don't Heal
Foot sores that will not heal are a major warning sign for diabetes. Diabetes can cause loss of feeling in the feet and decrease in circulation. Cuts in the skin or blisters may not heal normally. Sores can become infected and lead to amputation. Diabetics should wash and dry their feet and check them for wounds every day. Diabetics should see a podiatrist at the first sign of a sore developing. All diabetics should routinely be seen by a podiatrist.
Learn the ABCDs of Melanoma. If you notice a mole, bump, or patch on the skin on your foot or leg that meets any of the following criteria, make an appointment.
- Asymmetry - If the lesion is divided in half, the sides don't match.
- Borders - Borders look scalloped, uneven, or ragged.
- Color - There may be more than one color. These colors may have an uneven distribution.
- Diameter – The lesion is wider than a pencil eraser (greater than 6 mm).
Dark Spots on the Foot
You need to check your feet for dark spots that suddenly appear on the foot or toes or may be enlarging, changing shape or color. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, can develop in areas that are not regularly exposed to the sun. Melanoma can even appear beneath the toenail, where it might look like a black spot. If you have concerns about dark spots on the feet or toes, see your podiatrist.