January isn’t over yet, and if you’ve been sticking to your resolution to exercise and be active, congratulations! Approximately 71% percent of people who make resolutions keep them longer than 2 weeks. So here you are, about a month into the New Year, and you’re feeling good because your still going strong – except for your feet.
If you’re experiencing foot pain, and trying to ignore it and push through the pain, that’s a bad idea. You may have a foot problem that, if not addressed, will only get worse. In order to be part of the 46% of people that keep their resolutions past 6 months – that’s less than half of everyone who makes resolutions – here are some foot problems you can’t ignore.
A bunion is a result of a misalignment of the two bones that form the big toe joint. As the bones in the back of your foot (called the subtalar joint) dislocate forward and to the side, it causes an enlargement as the joint moves out of place over time, creating a large bump on your big toe.
A hammertoe is a condition where the muscles and ligaments surrounding the toe joint are out of line, causing the middle joint of the toe to become stuck in a bent position. This position resembles a hammer, and is considered a deformity of the toe.
3. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of your plantar fascia ligament, the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. The tissue becomes inflamed when the plantar fascia ligament is weak or swollen, caused by spending too much time on your feet or straining the ligament that supports your arch.
The metatarsals are a group of five long bones located in the middle of your foot. Metatarsalgia is when the head of one of the bones lies at a lower level than the surrounding metatarsals, and protrudes from the bottom of the foot. It can be caused by a faulty foot structure or a fracture that didn’t heal correctly. It’s also known as ball of foot pain.
5. Misaligned Feet
When your foot rolls inward to absorb the shock from walking and running, it’s called pronation. This is a natural function of your foot; however, when your ankle excessively rolls inward and your foot turns outward it’s called overpronation or hyperpronation. This is caused by the ankle bone slipping off of the heel bone, leading to misaligned feet.
The bottom line is, that if not addressed, all of these problems will only continue to get worse. If it’s difficult to push through the pain now, imagine where you’ll be when you can’t be active at all. You definitely won’t be part of that 46% who keep their resolutions! So, what can you do?
Start by acknowledging that your foot problems causing you pain aren’t going to get better on their own. Then consider a procedure called HyProCure®. It’s a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that works by placing a small titanium stent into the naturally occurring space between your ankle bone and your heel bone. This will help realign your feet.
Foot misalignment is the root cause of many common foot problems. So by correcting this issue, you correct the other problems too.
HyProCure® has a very high success rate and is safe for most children and adults. Rarely does the stent need to be replaced. You can even still be active during the recovery period by doing low impact exercises because you’ll be walking in your own shoes in 3 to 5 days.
Adler Footcare is classified as a Center of Excellence for HyProCure® implantation, by the Graham International Implant Institute, because of the safety, expertise and experience offered to patients.
Don’t push through the pain any longer and risk failing at your resolution to be active and exercise.
Contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare to schedule a consultation. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.