Foot pain doesn’t care who you are, what your job is, or where you live. The other day I was listening to the evening news and - as someone immersed in the world of podiatry – the words “foot pain” and “President Obama” got my attention. Mr. President Obama just recently had a physical, and is reportedly in good health, but often experiences foot pain. For someone who is always on the go and often standing for long periods of time, this can get cumbersome.
Posted by: Elena Schneider – The New York Times
WASHINGTON – President Obama is often on his feet, and it is starting to hurt.
That is the biggest problem that turned up in Mr. Obama’s latest physical examination, according to results released Thursday. Except for the foot pain, the “remainder of musculoskeletal exam was unremarkable,” according to a report by Ronny L. Jackson, the president’s doctor and the director of the White House Medical Unit.
Dr. Jackson said the pain in Mr. Obama’s right foot was consistent with “recurrent right plantar fasciitis,” which occurs when the ligament connecting the heel to the toe, supporting the foot’s arch, becomes strained or irritated. It is common among middle-aged people – the president is 52 – and causes pain when the sufferer is standing or walking.
“All clinical data indicates that the president is currently healthy and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency,” Dr. Jackson said in the two-page report.
[Continue to original article: Obama’s Checkup – Healthy, but Ouch, That Right Foot]
The article doesn’t discuss how extreme President Obama’s foot pain is, but anytime you’re experiencing foot pain it’s important to get an evaluation by a qualified podiatrist to recommend the right course of action to take.
There are various treatments for foot pain resulting from plantar fasciitis, like President Obama is experiencing. Common treatments are:
- Resting your feet and limiting the activities causing the pain
- Avoiding running or walking on hard surfaces
- Reducing inflammation by icing the heel or taking anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen
- Wearing shoes with good shock absorption
- Shoe inserts
- Stretching exercises
If the foot pain is bad enough, there are more sophisticated treatments available that can help. Adler Footcare offers a treatment called HyProCure, which inserts a small stent in the space between the heel bone and ankle bone. This helps keep the ankle from rolling inward, stopping the abnormal and excessive motion causing pain.
If you’re experiencing foot pain, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.