Can we talk about feet? Just for a moment?
( Sponsored ) Spring’s coming. And with spring comes a need to escape the confines of home. After a long New England winter, there’s nothing like stretching your legs and going for a walk or a run.
One day, you buy a new pair of sneakers and go for that walk. You pass the greening lawns of your neighbors, the occasional burst of brilliant yellow blasting forth from the forsythia at the end of your road. You find your neighbors outside, too, and catch up on the latest neighborhood news.
You return home, and relish in the joy that comes with fulfilling a new year’s resolution.
But then you wake up the next morning, you swing your legs over the side of your bed, gleefully anticipating the start of your second day of exercise, and you stand.
And that’s when it comes.
An excruciating pain in the arch or heel of your foot. Like a hundred red-faced demons are piercing the underside of your foot with thousands of hot, sharp needles. You limp to the bathroom, turn the light on, and examine the bottom of your foot. But there’s nothing there.
You shrug, and give it up for the sore muscles that always follow the first day of spring exercise. But, with every step, and every time you stand up, it comes back — that pain — it almost causes you to double over.
You go to the podiatrist, and you are told that you’ve got plantar fasciitis. That sounds woeful.
It’s actually just heel pain, caused by small tears that develop in the ligament that supports your foot arch. It’s common — even more common if you have high arches, flat feet, or wear shoes that are broken down or might not fit that well.
Dr. Teresa Burtoft, a board-certified podiatrist at the Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley, knows plantar fasciitis all too well: “Many people try to live with plantar fasciitis, hoping it will heal itself or go away.” She says. “But it can linger, and become debilitating. With treatment we can speed the healing process, and get our patients back to the activities they love doing.”
Just how is plantar fasciitis cured? Dr. Burtoft relates that the treatment can include stretches, supportive shoe gear, orthotics, night splints, homeopathic medicine and cortisone injections. The Foot Health Center also offers a treatment called EPAT (Extracorporeal Pulse Activation), which uses a set of pressure waves to stimulate metabolism and enhance blood circulation. And that accelerates the healing process. “It’s not surgery and it helps the tissues damaged by plantar fasciitis to regenerate and heal,” Dr. Burtoft says. “We help patients get better and back to their activity of choice.”
Another common foot problem, and a major issue with nails, is fungal nail infections. The center treats toenail fungus, painlessly, with the latest CLEARANAIL technology, using the world’s first, fully automated, fail-safe, intelligent drill to create micro pathways and pores in toenails to make topical treatments even more effective. Other treatments include oral medications, laser treatments and topicals.
Dr. Burtoft’s partners, Drs. Christine Dalrymple and Kathleen O’Keefe, are former gymnasts and understand how debilitating foot problems can be. They also understand the great sense of relief that comes when they go away. The Foot Health Center is a full-service podiatry practice treating issues such as ingrown nails, plantar warts, Achilles tendonitis, diabetic foot problems, sports injuries, fractures and reconstructive surgery. If you are experiencing foot pain, the podiatrists at the Foot Health Center can help. The cure to your problems may just be a short drive away.
For more information on the Foot Health Center, please call their North Andover office at (978) 686-7623 or visit their website at WeFixYourFeet.com.
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