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Indianapolis (317) 328-6622
Crawfordsville (765) 362-7200

By Active Podiatry
February 09, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

How your podiatrist in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville can help youfoot pain

If you’ve ever experienced foot pain, you know how it can impact your life. You may stop walking and doing your daily activities. You may be confined to the couch. Fortunately, there are some effective treatments for foot pain. Dr. Yong Chae at Active Podiatry can help. He has two office locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN, to serve your needs.

There are many conditions which can cause foot pain, and each condition is treated differently by your podiatrist. Some common foot conditions and injuries include:

A bunion, which appears as a large, painful bony bump next to your big toe; they are caused from your big toe crowding against the toe next to it for an extended period of time. This crowding causes your big toe joint to protrude and rub against the inside of your shoe. Bunions are typically treated with:

  • Icing and taping the bunion
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Cortisone injections to reduce swelling
  • Custom shoe inserts or orthotics
  • Surgical options including fusing or removing part of the toe joint

Plantar fasciitis, which can cause severe heel pain; this condition is more common in runners and people who stand or walk on hard surfaces for an extended period of time. Common treatments include:

  • Icing your heel
  • Custom made wedges, heel supports or orthotics
  • Pain-relieving medications
  • Physical therapy exercises
  • Steroid injections to decrease inflammation
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy to promote healing

If you have diabetes, one of the most common causes of foot pain is diabetic ulcers. Diabetes decreases your ability to fight off infections, so even a small cut or blister can turn into a diabetic ulcer. Dr. Chae may recommend:

  • Wearing custom footgear, a brace, crutches or a cast to reduce weight and pressure on the ulcer
  • Using medicated creams and dressings and bandaging the ulcer
  • Debriding the ulcer to remove infected, dead tissue
  • Surgical techniques such as shaving to decrease pressure on the ulcer

These are just a few of the common reasons for foot pain, but no matter what the cause of your foot pain is, Dr. Chae can help. For more information on foot pain treatment, call Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry, with offices in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN. Call today and save your feet!

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