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Living with pain every day is no way to live. At Footprints Podiatry, we offer treatment so you for patients experiencing all types of pain, including the following:


Heel pain is one of the most common conditions treated in our podiatry clinics. The cause of heel pain in adults is often plantar fasciitis; however, there are many other causes of heel pain. Other common causes include tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures, Achilles tendinitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis. Keep in mind, treatment depends entirely on the cause of the problem, so understanding your diagnosis should always be the first step. We can determine the cause of your symptoms and discuss the appropriate treatment for your condition.  
Plantar fasciitis is pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, an important ligament which stretches from your heel to the base of your toes. The condition is often triggered by a change in activity, shoes or weight. Overuse or sudden over-stretching of the plantar fascia can also be to blame.

Typically, pain is felt under the heel, but the inflammation can occur anywhere along the ligament. Pain and stiffness are usually worse after rest, particularly first thing in the morning.

Sometimes the condition is described as a heel spur, and a spike of bone can be seen on an X-ray. However, the spur is more often than not a symptom of the underlying problem, not the cause. Many people have heel spurs with no foot pain at all.
Plantar fasciitis should eventually resolve on its own, but can take some time to do so. Thankfully, it also responds well to simple treatment steps and is usually noticeably improved within a few weeks.

Treatment includes:
• Rest & Activity Modification • Inflammation Management • Stretches & Strengthening Exercises
• Footwear Modifications • Strapping & Simple Shoe Inserts • Orthotics • CAM Walker (Moon Boots)

Very occasionally, other treatment options are necessary. These may include shockwave therapy, cortisone injections or surgery. We will discuss these options with you and your GP if required.

Shin splints are a common problem, especially for women, athletes, military members and dancers. In addition to strenuous physical activity, anatomical abnormalities, muscle weakness, lack of flexibility and improper physical training can cause shin splints. If you are experiencing symptoms such as aching, tenderness, swelling or numbness, it’s time to see a professional for treatment.

Leg pain can occur in any part of the leg at any time of day, whether you’re exercising, resting or sleeping. Leg pain can result from everyday wear and tear, overuse, injury, blood clots, varicose veins or poor circulation. If you are experiencing pain, determining the type and exact location of the pain is key to determining the source of the pain. Based on our findings, we can decide on the appropriate treatment plan moving forward. 



If you experience pain and tenderness in your toes or redness or swelling around the nails, it’s best to see a professional. Left untreated, an ingrown toenail can spread and lead to a serious infection. We can complete a physical examination to determine if the nail is ingrown. Some treatment options include lifting the nail, partially removing the nail or completely removing the nail and tissue. Topical and oral antibiotics can also be used in treatment. 


Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot can be a sign of metatarsalgia. Sharp or shooting pain, numbness and tingling, and pain that worsens with activity are also signs to watch out for. The causes of metatarsal pain range to include intense training and activity, poorly-fitting shoes, stress fractures, excess weight and foot deformities. A doctor will need to pinpoint the source to determine the appropriate treatment going forward. In some cases, resting or changing shoes may provide enough relief. In others, further treatment or surgery may be necessary. 

If you are experiencing pain in your feet or legs, contact our office. Our experienced podiatrists can diagnose and treat your condition accordingly, so you can return to a pain-free lifestyle. Call today with any questions you have about the conditions we can treat at Footprints Podiatry. 
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