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By Ankle and Foot Institute
November 14, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

There are many painful foot conditions and not everyone is well informed about how to treat themselves. So, they end up living in Bunionsunnecessary pain.

Dr. Richard Wittock of Fenton and St. Louis, MO, understands that there's a lot of information out there and people need help combing through it all.

Here's some information you can start with:
 

What is a bunion?

A bunion, a hallux valgus, is the appearance of a bump on the side of the big toe. This bump is actually a result of the big toe leaning towards the second toe, which means the bone isn't properly aligned.

If bunions aren't properly cared for, they can become worse with time. a progressive disorder. The bump becomes increasingly prominent and, the symptoms mentioned below, start appearing during later stages.
 

What are the symptoms of bunions

Well, besides the bump on the side of your big toe, you may also experience:

  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness

 

What are the causes of bunions?

Bunions are inherited. How? Well, you inherit a faulty foot structure of the foot which makes you more prone to developing a bunion. Podiatrist realize some foot structures are more susceptible than others, but wearing inappropriate shoes doesn't help either. It may even exacerbate the condition.
 

How does your podiatrist diagnose a bunion?

Well, it's pretty obvious if there's a prominent bump on your big toes but your Fenton and St. Louis podiatrist also uses x-rays to evaluate the condition and monitors the progressiveness of the bunions with time.
 

What are some non-surgical treatments?

  • Wear appropriate shoes that aren't pointed, so toes have enough space to move, and avoid high heels.
  • Make sure there's plenty of padding to help minimize pain.
  • Avoid activities that intensify pain, like standing for too long.
  • A good idea is to use oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may reduce pain and inflammation, as well as icing several times a day.
  • Use orthotic devices for added support.

Would you like to know more about bunions from your Fenton and St. Louis, MO, podiatrist? No problem! Just give Dr. Richard Wittock a call at his office at (636) 717-1100 today.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
July 19, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Custom-made shoe inserts called orthotics may ease your foot pain if you suffer from pain due to flatfoot, arthritis, or diabetes, or want to orthoticsprevent overuse injuries if you're an athlete. Your St. Louis, MO, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock, can help you decide which orthotics type is right for you.

What do orthotics do?

Orthotics cushion and support your feet, keep them properly aligned in your shoes and control joint movement. The inserts not only protect your feet but can reduce pain in your entire body. If your feet aren't properly supported, you may eventually develop pain in your ankles, knees, hips, or backs. Orthotics keep your weight evenly distributed over your feet and may help reduce your risk of developing leg, hip, or back issues.

What's the difference between drugstore shoe inserts and orthotics?

The inserts sold in stores offer a one-size-fits-all solution to foot problems. Although they provide some degree of cushioning and support, they may not do enough to improve your problem or may even make it worse. Orthotics are designed by your St. Louis foot doctor to address your specific foot condition.

What types of orthotics are available?

Depending on your foot problem, you may benefit from one of these common orthotics types:

  • Rigid: Rigid orthotics are stiff, full-length inserts made of carbon or plastic. They may be recommended if your feet turn in when you stand and walk, your legs are different lengths, or you have an abnormal gait. They can also help reduce back or leg pain.
  • Semi-Rigid: Semi-rigid orthotics are also full-length inserts, but they're composed of a soft, cushioning material placed over a rigid core. They're a particularly good choice for runners and athletes, as they decrease pressure on your tendons and muscles, control foot movement, enhance balance and cushion your foot.
  • Soft: Soft orthotics not only offer superior cushioning but also decrease pressure on the foot and improve shock absorption. The full-length inserts are often prescribed for people who have diabetes, arthritis, or age-related changes in the foot.
  • Heel Cups: Heel cups only cover the heel area of your shoe and offer additional cushioning. They're a good choice if you have heel pain due to plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs, or thinning fat pads under your heels.

Could orthotics help you? Call your St. Louis, MO, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock, at (636) 717-1100 to schedule an appointment.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
May 24, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Find out if your aching feet could benefit from something as simple as shoe inserts.

We’ve all seen shoe inserts in the footcare aisle of our local drugstore. Maybe you’ve tried them before or perhaps you are wondering whether they are right for you now. Did you know that your St. Louis, MO, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock, can create prescription orthotics to handle a wide range of problems that these over-the-counter, one-size-fits-all orthotics just can’t? Read on to learn more!

What is the purpose of prescription orthotics?

These custom-made shoe inserts are carefully crafted at our St. Louis office to cushion and support your foot. They help realign the bonesFoot Doctor in the foot and ankle, while also distributing weight and force evenly throughout the foot to prevent common problems such as bunions from developing. Orthotics also provide shock absorption and stabilization while taking pressure off of certain sore areas such as the balls of the feet.

Who can benefit from orthotics?

If you are dealing with foot pain or biomechanical issues that affect walking, then the imbalance you are dealing with could be improved with the help of custom orthotics. Athletes, as well as those who stand or walk throughout the day, will find that orthotics will not only lessen pain, swelling, and discomfort, but they also prevent issues from occurring in the first place by counteracting the pressure and stress exerted on the feet.

Are orthotics meant for everyday wear?

Absolutely! No matter whether you are donning your daily work shoes or you are throwing on your tennis shoes to go for your run, orthotics can provide your feet with the TLC they need to function at their best without taking on too much stress along the way.

Are there certain conditions that orthotics can improve?

Orthotics are great for patients dealing with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries including,

  • Heel pain (often caused by plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Flat feet
  • Neuromas
  • Arch pain
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Metatarsalgia
  • Knee, leg, or lower back pain
  • Structural imbalances in the feet

It’s important to note that while orthotics can improve symptoms brought on by the conditions above, shoe inserts are not designed for those with severe foot deformities, patients with neuropathy, or patients who have foot ulcers. If you aren’t sure whether prescription orthotics are right for you, then it’s time to ask your podiatrist!

Give us a call!

If you want to learn more about custom orthotics and whether they could improve the health and function of your feet, then it’s time to call the Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, at (636) 717-1100 to learn more!

By Ankle and Foot Institute
March 20, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is a very common foot problem and one of the most foot-paincommon causes of heel pain. Dr. Richard Wittock, a podiatrist at Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton, MO, and serving the St. Louis area offers diagnostic and treatment options for heel pain, plantar fasciitis, and other foot and ankle conditions and injuries.

Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosis and Treatment in Fenton, MO

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the long tendon that stretches across the bottom of the foot from the ankle to the toes (the plantar fascia). Repetitive stress, strain, and overuse are a common cause of plantar fasciitis. Small tears and repeated pressure on the tendon, which is responsible for absorbing the shocks your feet sustain during motion, result in the inflammation that causes plantar fasciitis. Anyone can develop it, but there are a few factors that can increase the risk:

  • Age - it generally becomes more common after age 40
  • Being obese or excessively overweight, which puts additional strain and pressure on the feet
  • Spending a lot of time on your feet
  • High or low arches - if you have an especially high or low arch (also known as flat feet), you may be more prone to plantar fasciitis due to the alignment of your feet and the way your weight is distributed when you walk

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, usually after long periods of rest, sitting, or sleep. In some cases the pain can make it difficult to walk or put pressure on the heel, causing you to limp and limit physical activities.

Plantar fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with rest, medication, lifestyle modifications, and supportive foot wear like orthotics. For persistent cases of heel pain, Dr. Wittock offers Extra Corporeal Shockwave Therapy.

Find a Podiatrist in Fenton, MO

For more information about plantar fasciitis and the treatment options for heel pain and other foot and ankle injuries, contact the Foot and Ankle Institute in Fenton, MO and serving the St. Louis area by calling (636) 717-1100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wittock today.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
February 12, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics may offer a simple solution if you suffer from back pain, a foot condition or experience discomfort after spending hours on your orthoticsfeet. Dr. Richard Wittock, your St. Louis, MO, foot doctor prescribes the shoe inserts to his patients at the Ankle and Foot Institute.

 

What are orthotics?

Orthotics support your feet, improve their alignment, add extra cushioning and absorb shock. Depending on your symptoms or condition, your foot doctor may recommend rigid, semi-rigid, or soft orthotics. Unlike drugstore orthotics that favor a one-size-fits-all approach, the inserts provided by your podiatrist are designed to address your particular foot issue. After evaluating your gait and examining your feet, your St. Louis foot doctor makes impressions of your feet, which are then used to create your custom inserts.

 

How can orthotics help me?

Orthotics offer many benefits, and your podiatrist may recommend them if you have:

  • Back, Hip, or Leg Pain: Did you know that pain in your back or legs can actually originate from your feet? Structural issues, arch problems, or overpronation mean that your feet can't properly support your legs, hips, or back. Orthotics not only offer support but also realign and re-position your feet, easing your painful symptoms.
  • A Job That Requires Standing: Standing for long periods can increase your risk of several foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis, a condition that occurs when the long band of tissue that connects your toes to your heels at the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. When you wear your orthotics, you'll also be less likely to experience fatigue and foot pain at the end of a shift.
  • Diabetes: Blisters can quickly become infected ulcers that are difficult to treat if you have diabetes. Cushioning inserts redistribute your weight, reducing the pressure that can cause blisters.
  • Bunions or Hammertoe: Orthotics can improve your comfort if you have bunions or a hammertoe. Wearing orthotics may even slow the progression of these conditions.

Orthotics can also be helpful if you have flat feet, high arches, arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, tarsal tendonitis, or uneven foot lengths. If you're an athlete, you can lower your risk of developing tendonitis, bursitis, stone bruises, or other foot conditions by wearing orthotics regularly.

 

Give us a call!

Could you benefit from orthotics? Phone your St. Louis, MO, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Wittock, at (636) 717-1100 to schedule an appointment.





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