FAQs - Arch & Ball Pain

What happens if you wait to treat plantar fibromas?

How and when to treat plantar fibromas depends on the severity of your discomfort and the specific location of the mass in your sole. You don’t have to treat the problem right away, and nothing bad happens if you choose to wait—though typically, waiting will mean continuing to deal with any discomfort you already have. Conservative methods to manage the condition are largely to relieve the discomfort and prevent the problem from worsening. Sometime the mass can get bigger if not treated, but this usually happens slowly. If your plantar fibroma is not bothering you and not getting bigger, you can usually wait to deal with it until you are ready.

If the mass on your foot does bother you, however, you should definitely have it treated. The problem will not improve on its own, and there’s no reason to continue living with the pain when there are remedies available. Let Dr. Gerald Mauriello in Belvidere or Hackettstown, NJ know if you’re struggling with foot discomfort. Call (908) 475-8750 or use our website to contact us for an appointment.

Does capsulitis only happen in the second toe?

You can develop capsulitis in the second, third, and fourth toes on either foot. However, the second toe is the most common victim of the condition. It seems to affect the second toe in particular because certain conditions direct excess pressure from the big toe area to the second toe, thus straining it. A severe bunion, an unusually long second toe, and an unstable arch are among the most common issues that lead to this condition.

The pressure weakens the ligaments that stabilize the first joint of the affected toe, allowing them to loosen over time. Eventually this can lead to a dislocation and let the digit cross over its neighbor. Whether you think you have capsulitis in the second toe or one of the others, you need to have the problem treated. Let the staff in Belvidere and Hackettstown, NJ, help resolve the painful issues in your toes. Use our website or call (908) 475-8750 to make an appointment with us.

Do I need treatment if my flat feet aren’t painful?

Flat feet treatment is only necessary if the condition is painful or causes difficulty walking. Flexible flat feet that are able to support your footsteps and absorb the shock of striking the ground without problems can usually be left alone. This is typically the case with children’s flatfeet, though adults can have painless flat arches as well. If you develop arch fatigue, discomfort while walking, or heel pain, though, your feet will need more support.

Flatfoot treatment is conservative. It revolves around bolstering the arch so that your foot is able to absorb pressure more efficiently. Arch supports and shoe changes are the main ways to manage the condition. They support your midfoot and control abnormal biomechanical motion. Physical therapy stretches and exercises may help as well; they can relieve discomfort in painful tissues, as well as improve your foot stability. Let Dr. Gerald Mauriello help you manage your flat feet when they hurt. Just call our Belvidere or Hackettstown office at (908) 475-8750 or use our website to contact us for an appointment.