Your podiatrist knows much about the ways of bumps (both the innocent and the guilty ones) and has many methods to determine what your bump is, what caused it, and how best to treat it. He or she will likely ask you about the symptoms you’ve experienced, and will probably perform a physical examination of your foot. Your bump may get prodded or pressed (and you’ve got to admit—you’ve probably done a bit of prodding and pressing of it yourself). Your podiatrist may also use several methods to see inside your foot to get a better look at the internal structure of your bump.
Pamper feet with a soothing pedicure, first and foremost. This is a perfect way to remove excess dead skin from the feet and toes as well as to rehydrate the entire foot. Rehydration results from a pedicure because feet are soaked in water and then moisturized with lotion. If the spa offers the indulgence of a warm foot bath with a special essential oil, that is an even better way to rehydrate. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, sterile salon tools should always be used by the salon to stop the spread of skin fungus from one person to another.
Many people prefer the added support provided by custom designed orthotic insoles. These are designed to the specific needs of the wearer. They are the best choice to cushion the feet and to relieve the pain that results from many degenerative foot conditions. These include lower back pain from bone and muscle misalignment, which put pressure on other parts of the foot, ankle, leg and back. The use of orthotic supports ensure healthy foot mechanics and can help to relieve inflammation, as well as to restrict movement to speed up healing when the toes, ankles and knees have been damaged.
While basic heel and ankle pain may be externally influenced, the possibility of pathological inflammation or serious orthopedic problems cannot be undermined. From chronic problems such as athletes foot to Achilles tendonitis, ankle problems often have deep-seated origins. In addition, any sores or unrelenting blisters as well as painful swelling and edema can mean serious trouble particularly if you are diabetic or have other conditions that affect healing. Getting professional help in such cases is paramount especially with diabetics who have decreased sensation, owing to a condition called neuropathy , which can predisposes individuals to ulcers and fractures.
A home exercise program plays a big part in foot healing. Strength and flexibility are essential for proper foot movement. It’s important to stretch your hips, thighs and lower legs as well as your feet. Your Hamstrings are the long muscles on the backs of your thighs. To stretch them, stand with one foot on the floor and the other leg outstretched in front of you on a stool or stair step; bend your torso forward over your outstretched leg; you should feel the stretch/burn on the back of your outstretched leg. Your Quadriceps are the strong muscles on the front of your thigh.
Some problems can be a little difficult to diagnose accurately even with tests such as an x-ray. Stress fractures are a good example. These tiny cracks in the bone can be a source of considerable pain, yet an X-ray is not sensitive enough to pick up the small cracks, certainly not before the healing process is well underway. Even if a stress fracture is suspected, an x-ray is often required usually more to rule out other problems than to get concrete proof of the problem. This type of injury is often diagnosed by a process of elimination, a case history and a physical examination.
Shinsplints cause symptoms such as pain in the front or side areas of thelower leg. The pain can be dramatic and excruciating, especially whenadding pressure on the affected leg. Increased swollen muscle tissuecan make the leg feel taut as well as produce visible inflammation andtenderness in the muscles. Regardless of what type of activities, fromsoccer to baseball any athlete can be affected by these conditions. Shin pain relief should be sought immediately so that proper physical therapy andanti-inflammatory drugs can be started. Treatment for shin splintsstarted by physical therapists includes rest, elevation, and icing ofthe affected area for 1 to 2 days.