The feet and ankles are relatively small but strikingly complex structures, with 26 bones in each one and a vast network of muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Your Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK foot doctor, Dr. Bryan Sheehan, has extensive training in diagnosing problems that develop within the feet and ankles. Three of the common ailments he treats at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America - Achille's tendinitis, neuromas and plantar fasciitis - are discussed here.
The Achilles tendon runs along the back of the leg and connects the calf to the heel bone. Overuse of this thick band of tissue can cause inflammation to develop; aching in the back of the leg and above the heel are the typical complaints your Bentonville and Grove foot doctor hears from his patients who have Achilles tendinitis. While most cases of Achilles tendinitis can be treated with simple physical therapy routines and shoe inserts, called orthotics, can help relieve the pain, surgery may be required if the tendon has torn.
When the nerve tissue between the base of the toes - typically the third and fourth toes - thickens, a neuroma has developed. Many patients, most of whom are women, describe the pain associated with neuromas as feeling like they have a rock in their shoe, although numbness, tingling and swelling are symptoms as well. Neuromas can be treated with orthotics and specially-designed shoes, although surgery to remove the affected nerve may be necessary for advanced cases.
Like Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis is inflammation that develops in a ligament from overuse. The difference is that the ligament is located on the underneath side of the foot, as the plantar fascia connects the ball of the foot to the heel. Many patients of your Bentonville and Grove foot doctor successfully treat this condition with physical therapy, rest and properly-fitted shoes, but a few will need surgery to sever the ligament before finding relief.
Regardless of your foot or ankle problem. Dr. Sheehan can help diagnose and treat it! Contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK to set up an appointment with him today!