Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Heel spur surgery stands as a significant decision for those grappling with persistent heel pain. The surgery involves excising the bony protrusion from the heel bone, often performed under local or general anesthesia. It typically necessitates a recovery period during which mobility may be limited, demanding patience and adherence to post-operative instructions. Complications such as infection or nerve damage, though rare, underscore the importance of meticulous post-operative care. The decision to undergo surgery hinges on various factors, including the severity of symptoms and the efficacy of non-surgical interventions. Consulting with a podiatrist is essential for informed decision-making, as they can provide tailored guidance based on individual circumstances. While heel spur surgery offers relief for many, it is important to approach it with a thorough understanding of the process, potential outcomes, and commitment to recovery. If you have a heel spur that is causing pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine if heel spur surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Nashville, Smyrna, Spring Hill, Columbia, Dickson, Fairview, Hohenwald, TN and the Middle Tennessee community . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Corns are thickened skin areas that form to protect the skin against friction and pressure, and often occur on the feet. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, may recommend changing to footwear that fits better and doesn't squeeze or rub against the foot. Additionally, they might recommend padding or cushions to protect the corn and reduce pressure when walking. In more persistent cases, a podiatrist may carefully trim the thickened skin using a scalpel, a procedure that should never be attempted at home because of the risk of infection. Custom foot orthotics may also be suggested to correct any foot abnormalities that contribute to corn formation. Along with proper foot hygiene, these treatments can effectively manage and prevent the discomfort associated with corns. If you are struggling with corns on the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for help. 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Nashville, Smyrna, Spring Hill, Columbia, Dickson, Fairview, Hohenwald, TN and the Middle Tennessee community . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a heel condition affecting children and adolescents during periods of rapid growth. It occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel bone becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or tension from activities like running, jumping, or participating in sports. This condition is not a true disease, but is a temporary condition that typically resolves once the growth plate matures and fuses with the rest of the bone. Symptoms of Sever's disease include heel pain, especially during or after physical activity, limping, and discomfort when pressing on the heel. Factors contributing to its development include overuse or excessive strain on the heel bone, tight calf muscles or Achilles tendon, improper footwear, and biomechanical issues, such as flat feet or high arches. It is suggested that any active child that has heel pain be taken to a podiatrist who can expertly diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Nashville, Smyrna, Spring Hill, Columbia, Dickson, Fairview, Hohenwald, TN and the Middle Tennessee community . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Tight ankles, calves, and feet can contribute to persistent foot pain, affecting your comfort and mobility. Incorporating targeted foot stretches into your daily routine can help alleviate tension and promote flexibility, providing much-needed relief. Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs extended and gently flex and point your toes to stretch the feet. Next, try the calf stretch by standing facing a wall, placing your hands on it for support, and stepping one foot back while keeping it straight. Bend your front knee while pressing your back heel into the ground to feel the stretch in your calf. For the ankles, sit on a chair with one foot lifted off the ground and gently rotate the ankle in circles in both directions. Additionally, calf raises and towel scrunches can strengthen the muscles in your feet. Consistency is key, so aim to perform these stretches regularly to alleviate tightness and prevent foot pain, improving your overall comfort and well-being. If you are experiencing pain from having tight ankles, calves, and feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can recommend specific foot stretches for relief.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Centers. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Nashville, Smyrna, Spring Hill, Columbia, Dickson, Fairview, Hohenwald, TN and the Middle Tennessee community . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Ankle Center

397 Wallace Road, Building C, Suite 411
Nashville, TN 37211
(615) 332-0330

Smyrna Foot &
Ankle Center

300 StoneCrest Blvd., Suite 255
Smyrna, TN 37167
(615) 220-2982

Spring Hill Foot &
Ankle Center

5073 Columbia Pike, Suite 230
Spring Hill, TN 37174
(615) 302-5400

Columbia Foot &
Ankle Center

1503 Hatcher Lane, Suite 100
Columbia, TN 38401
(931) 388-9922

Dickson Foot &
Ankle Center

111 U.S. 70 East, Suite 102
Dickson, TN 37055
(615) 229-3045

Fairview Foot &
Ankle Center

2340 Fairview Blvd., Ste. 600A
Fairview, TN 37062
(615) 229-3045

Hohenwald Foot &
Ankle Center

617 West Main Street
Hohenwald, TN 38462
(931) 388-9922
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