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Posts for tag: Foot Pain

By Active Podiatry
February 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot-related issues can quickly become a frustrating source of pain and discomfort, causing normal tasks like making your morning coffee foot painor enjoying a walk with your dog. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you overcome your foot pain by pinpointing its cause and determining the best course of treatment for you. Find out more about the causes of foot pain and what your doctor can do to help you treat it with Dr. Yong Chae and the team at Active Podiatry with locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN.

What causes foot pain? 
The causes of foot pain can vary greatly depending on medical history, lifestyle, underlying conditions, and other contributing factors. However, there are some causes of foot pain which are more common than others, including:

  • tendonitis
  • achilles tendonitis
  • sprain/fracture
  • bunions
  • stress fractures
  • arthritis
  • bursitis
  • neuroma
  • hammertoe/mallet toe
  • flatfeet
  • corns/calluses
  • bone spur

Diagnosing Foot Pain 
As with most diagnostic processes, your foot doctor will request that you come into their office for a physical examination. The exam may involve x-rays or MRIs depending on the circumstances. Your doctor will physically feel and examine the foot to assess whether there are any outward abnormalities and use the x-rays or MRIs to determine if anything is amiss on the inside. Then, they will use your medical history, family history, and lifestyle to investigate further into the cause of your foot pain. After diagnosing where the pain comes from, your doctor will then begin determining the best treatment for you.

Treating Foot Pain in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville
Your treatment will vary depending on the severity of your pain, its cause, and any other underlying or coexisting conditions. Treatment can range anywhere from simple rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE method) coupled with over-the-counter medications to surgery to correct foot-related issues. Your podiatrist is an expert in treating conditions which cause foot pain and is your best source of information for an effective treatment.

For more information on foot pain causes, diagnosis, treatment, or more, please contact Dr. Chae and the team at Active Podiatry with locations in Indianapolis and Crawfordsville, IN. Call (317) 328-6622 to schedule your appointment in Indianapolis and (765) 362-7200 to schedule your appointment in Crawfordsville today!

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!

By Active Podiatry
October 27, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain   Pain Treatments  

Foot pain affects many people from many walks of life and, due to its variety, it can come from a myriad of sources. In fact, pinpointing the cause of your foot pain can be quite difficult on your own. Luckily, your Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN, podiatrists can help you find a diagnosis and begin treatment to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Find out more about foot pain with Dr. Yong S. Chae at Active Podiatry.

What causes foot pain? 
While there are various causes for foot pain, some of the most common causes include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • bursitis
  • bunions
  • Achilles tendintis
  • bone spurs
  • flat feet
  • arthritis
  • stress fractures
  • ingrown toenails
  • corns
  • hammertoe

If your foot pain is severe, your foot is swollen, you cannot put any weight on your foot, you have a fever or diabetes or your pain is accompanied by an open wound and there are signs of an infection, you should seek immediate medical attention as soon as possible. If you have persistent foot pain which does not improve after a week or experience numbness or tingling, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Diagnosing Foot Pain
Pinpointing the exact cause of your pain will take some investigative work. Your doctor will suggest that you come in for a physical examination. At your exam, Dr. Chae gathers your family and medical history and visually examines your foot. If necessary, x-rays or MRIs can help Dr. Chae see any problems with your bones or their connective tissues. Be prepared to answer many questions about your lifestyle, activity level and daily routine.

Foot Pain Treatments in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN
Treatments for your foot pain will vary, depending on the reason behind it. Dr. Chae may begin with conservative treatments and work up to other, more complex methods. Some cases of foot pain resolve themselves with simple rest. Icing the foot or taking over-the-counter medications can help relieve pain and swelling. Your doctor may suggest prescription inserts for your shoes called orthotics or using a brace to help properly align the foot. Corticosteroid shots into the affected muscle or tendon may also help bring relief. In rare, severe cases, Dr. Chae may recommend surgery to correct the problem.

For more information on foot pain or how your podiatrist can help, please contact Dr. Chae at Active Podiatry in Crawfordsville and Indianapolis, IN. Call to schedule your appointment with Dr. Chae today!