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Brown to discuss foot, ankle pain
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If you’re having trouble walking the walk, you may want to attend this month’s Lunch and Learn session. Dealing with common foot and ankle problems will be addressed Sept. 28 from noon to 1  p.m.
Guest speaker will be Dr. Justin Brown, a podiatrist at Central Tennessee Foot and Ankle Center, which has an office at River Park Hospital.
“I will be discussing a short list of the services I provide at the office,” said Brown. “I will talk a little more in depth about plantar fasciitis.”
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. The tissue is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot.
“We see hundreds of cases of plantar fasciitis each year in the office, especially in the spring when people are starting to get out more,” said Brown.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot is overstretched or overused. The condition can be painful and make walking more difficult. Risk factors include foot arch problems, obesity or sudden weight gain, long-distance running, and shoes with poor arch support.
Despite having risk factors, some people never develop plantar fasciitis, says Brown.
“There is no way to predict if a person will get plantar fasciitis,” he said. “They can be young, old, overweight or thin. During the session, we will briefly discuss the surgical options available for the more serious cases.”
Brown says about 99 percent of all cases do not require surgery. Instead, conservative therapies will help the problem — Tylenol or Advil to reduce pain and inflammation, heel stretching exercises, rest and wearing shoes with good support.
Pain can also be reduced with ice, wearing a heel cup, felt pads in the heel area or shoe inserts, or use night splints to stretch the injured fascia.
When in doubt, get it checked out. Brown says it is always a good idea to be examined by a physician to make sure the pain is not something more serious, like a stress fracture or a pinched nerve.
Lunch and Learn sessions on different topics are held at McMinnville Civic Center. Sessions are free and sponsored by the city of McMinnville through Parks and Recreation, so bring a lunch and learn.
For more information, contact Kristie Sanders at 473-1212.