Getting Help With My Feet

After struggling for months to run without having pain, I realized that there might be something wrong with my feet. It just seemed like whenever I did any type of physical activity, I was burdened with stifling pain. It was annoying, but I knew that a podiatrist might be able to help. Sure enough, after meeting with a doctor, I learned more about what was causing the trouble. It turned out that I had pulled a tendon in my foot, which was causing all kinds of problems. This blog is all about getting your foot problems fixed once and for all.

Foot Lipomas: Four Solutions To Deal With Pain & Frustration


Lipomas are small fatty tumors that can randomly appear on all areas of the body. While they are mostly harmless, when lipomas appear on the foot, it can become a source of pain and frustration. Instead of suffering with the lipomas, you can visit a podiatrist at a clinic like Advanced Foot & Ankle Center of Palatine to help guide you through four different solutions. The solution that you choose ultimately depends on the location of the lipoma and the pain that you are feeling. In some cases you may choose more than one of the following solutions.

Foot Treatments

The position of a lipoma or multiple lipomas may be causing aches and pains in your foot. By working with a podiatrist, you can go through therapy sessions to help relieve pain and aches in your feet. In some cases, the lipomas may not be the main source of the pain. Additional pain can come from the posture that you have and physical wear caused to your foot. A doctor will examine all of these attributes before choosing a proper treatment for your feet.

Foot treatments may occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Examples of treatments may include foot stretch exercises, foot massages, or foot baths with special minerals and cleansers. A doctor may choose one or more of these treatments for your feet. As the aches improve, you may limit the treatments until they are no longer needed. Your pain and the doctor's guidelines are key factors in the scheduling.

Custom Footwear

When a lipoma grows in your foot, it may feel fine when you're barefoot, but could cause pain and problems when you put footwear on. Instead of covering up the pain, you can work with a podiatrist to make adjustments in the specific footwear that you own. The doctor can order a pair of special shoes that are specifically designed to alleviate pain on your lipoma. When designing custom shoes, a doctor may adjust the soles, tongue, or sides of the shoe depending on where the lipoma is located.

Lipoma Removal

If the lipomas are too large or painful, you may look to get them removed. Because the lipomas are typically located near the edge of the skin, you can have them surgically removed from the foot. Once removed and healed, all pain from the area should subside. Lipoma removal is generally a pretty simple process. The area is locally numbed so you can be awake during the procedure. If you have more than one lipoma, then you may have to make separate appointments to remove all the lipomas and eliminate the pain from your foot. If you have no pain, but do not like the sight of the lipomas, then removal is also an option. A surgeon can cut out the lipoma and try to minimize any visible scarring.

Diet Changes

One way to help reduce the growth of additional lipomas in the foot is to make changes in your diet. Eliminating sugars and artificial sweeteners is one way to help reduce the growth of lipomas. Since lipomas are a fatty tumor, eliminating extra fat and calories from your diet may help reduce the growth. Another way to help is by eliminating processed foods. Making homemade meals, planning out daily dinners, and removing fast food can not only help with the lipomas on your feet, but they encourage a healthy lifestyle overall.

Sometimes a change in diet can help shrink lipomas that you currently have. For example, some people claim that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can help shrink lipomas and keep them from growing back in the future. Different forms of apple cider have been known to work in the same way.

By working with a foot doctor, you can help determine the source of the lipoma and ensure that your feet stay healthy for years to come.


28 January 2016