Taking Care of Your Feet

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Baptist Health Madisonville: Taking Care Of Your Feet

Podiatrists Walker Estes, DPM, and Michael Johnson, DPM, talk about how they treat plantar fasciitis without surgery, helping patients get back on their feet again.

Taking Care Of Your Feet Health Talks Transcript

Walker Estes, DPM, Podiatry
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of a long band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel to the toes. There’s initial insult, and then that area becomes inflamed, which causes heel pain. The main reason it occurs is because of faulty foot structure. Those patients who have either really high arched feet or really flat feet are more prone to getting plantar fasciitis. Wearing non-supportive shoe gear on hard surfaces for extended periods of time can also be contributing factors. Plantar fasciitis resolves with non-surgical treatment. First-line treatments include stretching, icing, oral non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications, and shoe-gear modification.

Michael Johnson, DPM, Podiatry
Keep an eye on your general health, to your feet, your lower extremities, as well as make sure you’re making proper choices as far as your shoe gear — have the proper shoe gear that’s matching your activity. If you’re going to go out for a run or try to be more active, don’t do it in the worn-out shoes you have had since you were in middle school or anything like that.

Dr. Estes
Plantar fasciitis can severely impact a patient’s life. It can decrease their quality of life by not allowing them to do the things that they want to do. So, when it’s resolved, as long as they’re in their supportive shoe gear and continue to stretch, their quality of life will increase.

Dr. Johnson
Here at Baptist Health Madisonville, in the Podiatry department, our No. 1 goal is to be able to get you back on your feet again.