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At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center we see a lot of patients who experience ball of the foot pain. There are several possible reasons for this, but one potential cause is fat pad atrophy. There is a natural cushion for our feet at both the heels and ball of the foot that is made of fat that protects these areas during ambulation. As we age, those areas can begin to shift out of place or can become thinner due to all the amount of stress and pressure over the years. As this happens, we no longer have that natural protection to cushion these bony prominences. This can then cause pain, calluses and even wounds due to loss of the fat. This can be detrimental to our diabetic patients. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center our Podiatrists have treated hundreds of patients with this condition and can offer customized solutions to help you back on your feet. If you believe that you are experiencing this or any other foot/ankle disorder please call us at 972-542-2155 to be evaluated.
A common complaint we see at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center is pain along the outside of the foot and/or ankle. This pain usually starts after walking on uneven surfaces or after starting new exercises/sport. It can also occur after an ankle sprain or wearing a bad pair of shoes. One of the most common reasons for this type of pain is peroneal tendinitis. There are two peroneal tendons that start just below the knee on the outside of the leg and course down toward the back of the ankle. If you look straight down at your foot, you will most likely see a, “bump” along the outer, midportion of your foot. This is where one peroneal tendon attaches and the other goes beneath the foot and attaches to the underside on the inside of the foot. Together these tendons work to pull the foot down and out during gait. They are used every step that we take. Because these tendons are stretched and pulled with every step, they can become tired or inflamed fairly easy. This problem may get better with simple rest alone but most of the time it does not and needs extra help.
Treating this issue begins with the correct diagnosis. One of our provides will take a thorough history and examine the lower extremity. We will usually obtain X-rays in the office as well to rule out any problems with the structure surrounding the tendon. After the diagnosis is made, treatment will be tailored so we can get you back on your feet as soon as possible.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, our providers treat this condition nearly every day. We have the experience and tools to help get your better and stay better. If you have any questions about this or any other foot/ankle condition, please call us at 972-542-2155.
For a limited time, we are offering a discount on our hydrating medication, Lantiseptic. This is a high-lanolin formula skin protectant for preventing and helping a variety of skin conditions. It can be used to protect the skin as well as hydrate. We have used lantiseptic with great success treating multiple types of dermatitis, pressure sores and especially dry, cracked heels. The medication is used daily and forms an excellent barrier to soothe, moisturize and protect reddened or cracked skin.
Right now, this product is available at either of our office locations for $7.
If you have questions about this, or any other foot/ankle condition. Please call us at 972-542-2155.
Have a Great Day,
Advanced Foot & Ankle Team