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What Footwear Can Help Me with Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar-Fasciitis

While several factors can cause the condition, Plano plantar fasciitis patients commonly develop symptoms after extensive walking or running without the right support.

Why?

  • As you move, your feet take impact.
  • Improper footwear creates repetitive stress on specific areas of the foot.
  • This can cause the plantar fascia ligament to overtighten, tear, and become inflamed.
  • As an experienced podiatrist, Dr. Verville can conduct an examination to determine what might be the source of your condition. She can also advise you about treatment options, including improving the shoes you use and getting specially-designed footwear.

    Plano Plantar Fasciitis Patients: Get Support with Every Step

    There are three common approaches that you can take to upgrading your footwear…

    1. New Shoes

    We know. You love your old pair of jogging sneakers, and you’ve broken them in just right to accommodate your feet. However, shoes are much like car tires, in that they only offer so much use before they wear through.

    When that happens, your feet—not the shoes—are going to take the brunt of the force with each step. A new pair of the right shoes may give you the support you need to resolve milder symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

    2. Inserts

    Inserts are typically made of gel, foam, or plastic. They fit inside your shoes and provide additional arch support, heel cushioning, and insole comfort.

    Note, however, that inserts are either pre-packed or customized by the manufacturer according to your specifications. Because they have not been created with the guidance of your podiatrist, you may not receive the type of support you need to resolve plantar fasciitis.

    3. Prescription Custom Orthotics

    Dr. Verville designs custom orthotics for patients in Plano. This footwear supports and adds comfort as you move, matching the contours of your feet and the way that you walk and run.

    Typically, Dr. Verville bases the design of your orthotics on her examination and evaluation of your feet, ankles, and legs. Functional orthotics help control improper motion, while accommodative orthotics add cushioning and support. In either case, the footwear can alleviate your symptoms, improve your ability to stride properly, and allow your ligament to heal.

    Interested in orthotics or other treatments for plantar fasciitis? Plano patients can schedule an appointment with RNV Podiatry by phone at (214) 385-8822 or online.

    When Do I Need to Call a Plano Podiatrist?

    PodiatristWhile there are several specific symptoms that serve as a sign you may need medical care, RNV Podiatry recommends that you follow a simple rule: if your foot or ankle hurts or looks or feels differently than normal, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

    Often, patients delay a medical visit because they:

    • Don’t recognize that their symptoms are part of a larger issue.
    • Believe they can work through the pain until it resolves itself.
    • Have symptoms that come and go over time.
    • Think their condition is embarrassing or unimportant.

    Unfortunately, concerns that go unaddressed can develop from small issues to problems with a more serious health impact. Taking action now helps you manage your treatment more easily, more quickly, and with less discomfort.

    Should I See My General Practitioner or a Podiatrist?

    If you’re experiencing problems with your foot, ankle, or leg, Plano podiatrist Dr. Verville recommends that you see a physician specifically suited to your needs.

    A podiatrist is a doctor that diagnoses and treats conditions related to the structures of the leg. He or she trains in a podiatric medical school, completes three years of hospital residency, and can attain board certification through the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and the American Board of Podiatric Medicine.

    It’s certainly fine to speak with your general practitioner before your appointment with a podiatrist. However, this may delay treatment, since many GPs will refer patients to a specialist for foot and ankle related issues.

    What Symptoms May Require Treatment from a Podiatrist?

    Consider a visit with Dr. Verville if you experience one or more of the following:

    • Resting pain in your foot or ankle.
    • Discomfort when you stand, walk, or put on your shoes.
    • Swelling, inflammation, or redness in your feet or ankles.
    • Tingling, itching, burning, or numbness in your feet.
    • Discolored or painful toenails.
    • Warts, bumps, calluses, or corns.
    • Flat feet or high arches.
    • Any other foot or ankle deformity that impacts daily life.

    Dr. Verville will talk with you about the symptoms you are experiencing, provide a diagnosis, and recommend treatment to resolve your discomfort and restore your health.

    Schedule an appointment with an experienced, knowledgeable Plano podiatrist. Call RNV Podiatry at (214) 385-8822 or reach us online.

    How Do I Prepare For a Visit with My Frisco Podiatrist?

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    Your podiatrist can help you identify and treat a variety of conditions related to your foot or ankle. It may be time for an appointment if you:

    • Have pain in your foot or ankle.
    • Are concerned about discoloration or discomfort around your toes.
    • Have noticed changes in the texture or smoothness of your skin.
    • Are finding it more difficult to walk or run.

    Frisco podiatrist Dr. Rachel Verville commonly assists patients with these conditions. Before your visit with our practice, we recommend that you do a little prep work to get the most from your time.

    Before You Visit RNV Podiatry

    Write down a list of your symptoms, the questions you have, and medications you take. During a visit, you may be too busy with the process to remember the details of what you’ve been experiencing. Putting together your questions and concerns beforehand ensures that you get the right information.

    Get together medical records and laboratory tests from other doctors you may have seen. Records such as X-rays and MRIs can help you save time in getting a diagnosis from your Frisco podiatrist.

    Talk with our office about insurance and referral-related questions or if you have special needs. RNV Podiatry wants to accommodate you in any way we can to make your experience as comfortable and supportive as possible.

    At Your Visit with Dr. Verville

    Share details about why you scheduled an appointment and talk about the questions you have. Dr. Verville will take the time to provide a thorough examination and to respond to your concerns. If you don’t understand something, please ask for more detail.

    Mention any new medications or changes in your body and behavior. It’s possible that these changes are the source of the symptoms you are experiencing, such as beginning a new jogging routine. Knowing your medications is important in case Dr. Verville writes a new prescription. Please also mention if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, as this may affect treatment.

    Bring your footwear if your problem has to do with walking or exercise. Often, improper support causes foot and ankle pain, so seeing the shoes you wear can help Dr. Verville identify or rule them out.

    Following Your Visit with the Podiatrist

    Prepare for any tests you may need to have. These tests can eliminate more serious reasons for foot or ankle problems. Dr. Verville will provide the instructions you need before your test.

    If the problem is footwear-related, follow Dr. Verville’s recommendation. She may advise you to replace your shoes with newer, more supportive footwear. She may also suggest inserts or orthotics to improve your stride.

    Pay close attention to your progress. RNV Podiatry wants you to recover quickly and properly with treatment. If you do not feel that your condition is improving, please contact us so that we can plan for the next step.

    We look forward to seeing you for your appointment. Contact Frisco podiatrist Dr. Verville with questions by calling at (214) 385-8822 or emailing our practice.

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