Treatment for Painful Neuropathy

NeuropathyIf you have neuropathy, you may be suffering with nerve pain that is causing burning, electric shocks, pins and needles, sharp jabbing pains or tingling sensation in your feet and legs. This may also be affecting your sleep, balance and ability to work or do normal activities.

Since there are many causes for neuropathy, there is no one treatment that works for everyone. For some unfortunate individuals, there is no treatment other than medications to dull the neuropathy pain, such as Gabapentin and narcotics. Fortunately, for many there are treatments that can significantly improve or eliminate your painful neuropathy.

Neuropathy treatment may involve:

  • Neurogenx nerve stimulation combined with nerve injections
  • Supplements to enhance nerve health
  • Prescription foot orthotics for a weak or imbalance foot structure
  • Determination of the best shoes for your particular foot shape & size
  • Exercises for balance & strengthening your legs and feet
  • Diet counseling

At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN, we can thoroughly evaluate your neuropathy to determine if we can help you, then determine the best treatment to obtain the best results to alleviate or eliminate your painful neuropathy. We have helped many who were not helped by other doctors or other treatments and had given up hope of ever obtaining any relief from their painful neuropathy. To schedule an appointment for evaluation of your painful neuropathy, click here or call (763) 231-2341 now.

Not All Prescription Foot Orthotics Are Alike

OrthoticsMany painful foot problems are the result of a weak or imbalanced foot structure. These problems include plantar fasciitis (heel pain) and arch pain, neuroma (pinched nerve in the ball of the foot), joint pain, arthritis as well as generalized sore feet especially during or after walking or exercising. Prescription foot orthotics are often necessary to treat these painful foot problems. Similar to prescription eye glasses to correct for weak eyes, prescription foot orthotics correct for a weak or imbalanced foot structure. In order for orthotics to work properly, they need to be tailor made for your feet and your particular foot problem.

To get the proper prescription foot orthotic you need a thorough foot evaluation as well as an analysis of how you walk. Impressions are then taken of your feet while they are held in the proper, corrected position. A prescription is then sent to an orthotic lab with the impressions to get the perfect fitting and properly balancing orthotics for you.

At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN, we have perfected to art of prescription orthotics and pride ourselves in providing the best prescription orthotics available in the Twin Cities. We will verify any insurance coverage for prescription orthotics and if not covered, our fees quite reasonable, with a reduced fee for children’s orthotics (18 and under). We also offer a money back guarantee, if for any reason we can’t get the orthotics right for you.

If you are suffering with a painful foot problem, then click here or call (763) 231-2341 now to schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation to determine if prescription foot orthotics can help you.

Is Heel Pain Keeping You Out Of The Game?

Foot Pain in MinneapolisSpringtime is the time to get out and enjoy the outdoors, doing the activities you love to do. This includes walking or running around the city lakes, rollerblading, biking, etc. For some, it’s also the time to start shedding those extra pounds you’ve put on over the past winter and to get back in shape. But for those of you suffering with heel pain, there’s nothing worse than being sidelined and not being able to even walk comfortably, let alone run or do other activities.

Heel pain also known as plantar fasciitis is a very common condition caused by a pull, strain or tear of the plantar fascia, the tendon-like band of tissue that attaches to the bottom of your heel and helps support your arches. This can start out as mild discomfort or come on quickly and often will progress to a chronic, severely painful condition that can last for months or even years. Even getting out of bed in the morning can make you want to scream out in pain when you first step on your foot! Your whole body can start hurting from limping and taking the weight off of your painful heel. As a result, even trying to participate in outdoor activities may be out of the question, as it will often make your heel even more painful.

Many of those suffering from heel pain, aka plantar fasciitis, are often faced with the dilemma of how to get rid of it. You may have tried over-the-counter arch supports or heel cushions that helped some, but not enough. You may have been seen by your primary care physician or at urgent care and told to just rest, stretch, ice and take Ibuprofen or Aleve…with minimal results. You may even have seen a foot doctor that gave a cortisone injection to your heel and possibly fit you with a pair of “prescription” foot orthotics that may have been uncomfortable, bulky and didn’t help much to get rid of the pain.

If you have been suffering with chronic plantar fasciitis then we may be able to help you get back to doing the activities you enjoy doing…without pain! At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley we are specialists in the treatment of heel pain – plantar fasciitis and have helped many who have given up hope of ever getting rid of their heel pain. By listening, carefully evaluating your problem and all prior treatment, and working with you, we can get you off the sidelines and back into the game-comfortably doing the activities you enjoy the most, not only this spring but all year round.

Click here or call (763) 231-2341 now for an appointment at the Westwood Foot Clinic…the first step in getting rid of your heel pain.

Relief From Chronic Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis TreatmentDo you dread getting out of bed in the morning because of the horrible heel pain you will have when you start to walk? Is heel pain causing you to limp during the day or end of the work day? Are you not able to run, walk or exercise without your heel killing you? If you are suffering from heel pain, also known as planar fasciitis, then you have experienced some or all of these symptoms, which can be very disabling, making you feel old and absolutely miserable!

Most heel pain aka plantar fasciitis is caused by a strain to the plantar fascia, the tendinous type of band that helps hold up the arch and attaches to the heel. There is a weak point at its attachment to the heel that can easily become pulled or strained. This can come on quickly from an injury to the fascia such as in sports or slowly from an imbalanced or weak foot structure causing a chronic low grade pulling on the fascia.

Typical treatment for plantar fasciitis when it first starts is rest, ice and anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. Unfortunately, many will go on to develop a chronic condition, sometimes lasting months to years. Those suffering with chronic heel pain have tried many things and often have seen several doctors…all without relief. Failed treatments may have included physical therapy, exercises, icing, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, night splints, money spent on multiple pairs of shoe insoles, heel cushions…all with little, temporary or no relief. You may also have prescription foot orthotics that aren’t comfortable, only fit in certain shoes or didn’t get rid of your heel pain. It can be very frustrating and downright depressing!

Fortunately, you can get rid of your chronic heel pain! At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN, we specialize in treatment of chronic heel pain/plantar fasciitis. We have been able to help many heel pain sufferers who have had various failed treatments and have tried just about everything, with little to no results.

Our highly successful treatment plan involves a thorough evaluation of your heel pain with x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound and a walking analysis. We’ll also evaluate all prior treatment you have had to determine the treatment that should work best for you.

The success of our treatment lies in looking for and treating the underlying cause of your heel pain. Like eyes, most feet are not perfectly balanced or 20/20. As a result, any weakness or imbalance in your foot structure needs to addressed with the proper prescription foot orthotics. These will also support the weakened and chronically strained plantar fascia.

Cortisone is often used to knock out the pain but is only temporary at best if your feet are not properly balanced and aligned with your ankles and legs and you continue to strain or irritate the fascia. Therefore, it is essential to have the correct fitting prescription foot orthotics for your feet. At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, we pride ourselves in fitting patients with the very best, state of the art prescription foot orthotics in the Twin Cities area. Orthotics are similar to eye glasses, i.e. when the prescription is just right, your heel pain will be gone or significantly better…and we guarantee them or your money back!

In rare cases, when the plantar fascia is too scarred, stretched or strained to respond to conservative treatment, a simple in-office surgical procedure is necessary. This procedure has a very high success rate in eliminating the resistant pain.

If you’ve been suffering “way too long” with heel pain then it’s time to schedule an appointment to be evaluated and treated at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN-the Twin Cities specialists in heel pain treatment. Click here or call (763) 231-2341 to schedule an appointment now. Same day and next day appointments often available.

Why is Diabetic Foot Care Important?

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People with diabetes are always being told to take good care of their feet, but it is not always understood why this is so important. What is so different or special about the feet of someone with diabetes?

Diabetes can cause different and more serious foot problems. These problems are often the result of changes in circulation and sensation caused by diabetes.

Circulation changes with diabetes:

Diabetes is considered a “small vessel disease” in that capillary walls can become thicker and weaker over time, reducing blood flow. This can affect the small capillaries in the eyes, the kidneys and in the feet. The small capillaries in our feet bring those substances to the surface of our skin that is needed for healing and for fighting off infection. When these small capillaries become thicker and weaker, then any break in the skin of our feet (even a small blister, scrape, cut or crack) can be slower to heal and more prone to infection.

Sensation changes with diabetes:

Fluctuations in blood sugar can “eat away” at the coating on the nerves (called demyelination) in our feet causing diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy is any change in sensation…increased, decreased, absent or abnormal sensations. Increased sensation is often manifested by burning, shooting, tingling, ice cold or hot feelings in the feet and can make life absolutely miserable. Decreased or absent sensation can make it difficult to tell when something hurts, such as when a toe is rubbing against the shoe, knowing when you have stepped on something, or being able to tell if something is too hot or cold. This makes you much more susceptible to developing sores that slow healing or become infected, or skin ulcerations (an open hole in the skin), with some requiring hospitalization, amputation or months of treatment in a wound care clinic. Some people may even develop a combination of numbness along with terrible burning pain in their feet. Neuropathy can also affect balance and sleep.

Fortunately the risk of infection, ulceration, amputation and other related foot problems can be greatly reduced with good diabetes control and regular diabetic foot care.

If you or someone you care about has diabetes, it is important of have a thorough evaluation by Dr. Silver at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN. Dr. Silver can help with any existing foot problem as well as preventative foot care. The Westwood Foot Clinic has many services available for those with diabetes, including:

  • Neuropathy treatment: with Neurogenx combined nerve stimulation & nerve blocks
  • Correction of foot deformities-often with minimally invasive procedures
  • Fitting for shoes and inserts (often covered by your insurance once a year)
  • Custom-made prescription foot orthotics and ankle/foot orthotic brace (AFO)
  • Compression stockings and diabetic socks
  • Circulation testing
  • Routine foot care: the non-infected care of corns, nails and calluses
  • Special foot creams and many reusable gel pads, cushions and toe protectors

By taking advantage of the many services available at the Westwood Foot Clinic, you can maintain healthy feet and hopefully prevent any disabling foot problems. Remember, you only have one pair of feet and they need to last a lifetime! For an appointment with Dr. Silver at the Westwood Foot Clinic click here or call 763-231-2341. Same and next day appointments are often available.