Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain and heel spurs are best treated with simple, non-surgical methods. However, the longer the heel pain has been present, the longer it takes to fix. Heel pain is best treated by doing some simple stretching exercises, combined with wearing foot orthotics. This way the tension on the Plantar Fascia is being released, treating the cause of the problem, not just the symptom. 2) Arch Pain Treatment of Achilles Tendontis includes rest (or reduced activity), calf stretching and ice packs. Orthotics are recommended to support the arches, thereby reducing the stress on the achilles tendon. 4) Ball of Foot Pain (Metatarsalgia) After initial diagnosis the Podiatrist decides on a 'customised' prescription orthotic. This is followed by a plaster cast of the patients foot (namely a negative or 'female impression') after which the initial cast is sent to the Orthotic Fabrication Laboratory to process further. From this mould a positive or male impression is formed by pouring plaster and the result is an accurate copy of the underfoot. The Orthotist or Orthotic technician fabricates the custom Orthotic that includes all the adjustments as prescribed by the Podiatrist. Now the rigid or semi-rigid Orthotic device is ready for use by the patient. Our feet change sizes based on our activities, the time of day, and as we age—becoming wider or longer with use. Therefore, it is important to periodically re-measure our feet. To properly size a shoe for the right fit, there should be a thumbwidth of space between the longest toe and the end of the shoe when standing. If your shoes are too short, it will cause your toes to scrunch and curl, and over time this can cause painful nerve damage. Shoes should always have enough room for your foot to expand during motion. 4 Steps for Healthy Feet. What is the mainstream treatment for bunions? First off, they often tell you to wear different shoes, ones with a low heel and a wide area for the toes. That alone could do the trick. Sometimes special pads can be placed on the bunion or between the big and second toes, and wearing a toe spacer at night can start to influence the alignment of the toes. If that does not work, there are only a mere 100 different surgical approaches to treat bunions. One of my long time students has had both toes operated on, and says it made a huge difference for her, eliminating the pain. MEMPHIS, TN - Prominent podiatrist, Dr. Nathan Lucas, is pleased to offer CoolTouch laser for toenail fungus in Memphis, TN. For patients who are tired of discolored, thick toenails, the CoolTouch laser creates a quick and effective solution for healing fungal toenails in Memphis, TN. You can retrieve the article in plain text form, and set the column width to whatever you like automatically; or you can copy it as HTML, ready to copy and paste directly into a web page. May 25, 2010 By Julie Hampton Photo Caption Twice a year dental exams are recommended for diabetic patients. Photo Credit dentist 07 image by Dragan Bombek from Fotolia.com The goal of hammertoe surgery is to correct the deformity in order to relieve pain and/or restore function to the digit. The degree of surgical intervention will depend on the severity of the deformity. Flexible deformities often require less aggressive surgery. Surgery that decreases the pull of the muscles responsible for the deformity may be used alone or in combination with other procedures at the joint to correct the position of the toes. If the deformity is only partially flexible, or completely rigid, then surgery on the bone structures as well as muscles and joints may be necessary. Diabetics commonly suffer from sensory loss in their feet, also known as neuropathy. Symptoms include numbness, tingling and a sensation of "pins and needles." Decreased sensation in the foot causes injuries to go unnoticed. Left untreated a small injury such as a cut or callus often turns into a diabetic foot ulcers. Foot ulcers commonly become infected; proper treatment is critical to avoid amputation. A person with diabetes should wash feet daily with lukewarm water, advises FamilyDoctor.org. Inspecting feet after washing is critical to identify problem areas. Patients should not treat calluses or bunions at home without speaking to a medical professional first. You Might Also Like Obesity. Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist in private practice in Houston, TX. He is dedicated to maintaining the health and safety of the feet of his patients and educating the public on foot health. For more information about foot health and solving foot pain, including informative videos, and to order Dr. Schneider's FREE book, visit his website and his blog "Keep Your Feet Feeling Young." Diabetics need to keep their skin clean, soft and dry. It is easy for skin to become dry and cracked because of high glucose levels. It is important to clean feet, lotion them and use a pumice stone to gently scrub away dry, dead skin.