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Heel pain is one of the most common problems your podiatrist treats. If you are suffering from heel pain, the pain can make it difficult to enjoy an active life. Don’t worry, because your podiatrist has several effective heel pain treatments to get you back on your feet.
You can develop heel pain from a few causes, including:
- Stepping on hard or sharp objects, which can cause a heel bruise
- Developing excess calcium deposits, which can cause a heel spur
- Inflammation of the tissue on your heel, which can cause plantar fasciitis
Any of the causes listed above can cause moderate to severe heel pain, but plantar fasciitis is the most severe. Plantar fasciitis causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue running across your heel.
When you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience:
- Stabbing pain across your heel when you stand
- Heel pain which is worse in the morning
- Pain across your heel and on the side of your foot
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:
- Overpronation, or rolling your feet when you walk
- Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods
- Doing high impact activities like jogging or running
For mild heel pain, you can try a few simple home remedies like these:
- Placing an ice pack on your heel several times each day
- Doing arch stretches several times each day
- Elevating your feet when you can, to take pressure off your feet
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Wearing heel inserts inside your shoes to cushion your heels
Moderate to severe heel pain should be evaluated by your podiatrist. There are several treatment options your podiatrist may recommend, including:
- Custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide support
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling
- Physical therapy and stretching to improve flexibility
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation
Heel pain is a common foot problem, but one which is easily treatable. Relief from heel pain is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes and treatment of heel pain, call your podiatrist today.
Are you dealing with a nasty case of plantar fasciitis?
Heel pain is a frustrating little problem, especially if you are someone who values their morning run or daily exercise routine. Even if you aren’t what you’d call an avid exerciser, you may still find that your heel pain makes moving around and going about your day more complicated than you would like. A podiatrist is the best medical specialist to turn to when heel pain becomes an issue.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes inflammation within the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs the length of the foot along the soles from the toes to the heels and provides the arches of your feet with support and shock absorption. Unfortunately, microtears within the tissue can occur gradually over time (common in runners), leading to irritation and inflammation.
What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Those with plantar fasciitis may notice that their heel pain is at its worst first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting or standing. The tricky thing is that the pain often subsides throughout the day, making you think you can get in your run or regular workout routine after all. The only problem with that is that the heel pain often comes back with a vengeance after exercising. Along with heel pain, you may also notice painful or aching arches.
When Should I See a Podiatrist About My Heel Pain?
We know that no one wants to make an unnecessary trip to see their podiatrist unless the situation warrants it. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you are experiencing heel pain or any symptoms, it is important that you always seek immediate medical care to prevent the issue from getting worse.
While most healthy individuals will be able to handle their heel pain on their own, it’s also important to know when you need proper and more comprehensive care from a podiatrist. It’s important to turn to a podiatrist right away if you have severe pain, pain that makes it impossible to walk or put weight on the foot, numbness or tingling in the heel or foot, or heel pain caused by an injury.
If at-home care isn’t easing your heel pain after five days, then you should also give us a call so that we can create a more effective treatment plan for you.
Don’t let heel pain drag you down. If you are having trouble managing your symptoms and they are impacting your everyday activities and quality of life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with a podiatrist.
Foot issues can be debilitating. There are leading foot problems you ought to look out for. Dr. Jesse Anderson of AAL Podiatry Associates can help answer and treat conditions in Norfolk and Suffolk, VA.
Leading Foot Problems
- Bunions: This is when the big toe joint is misaligned. You may experience swollen and tender joints. Bunions are usually hereditary but poor shoes aggravate this issue and corrective surgery may be necessary from your Norfolk and Suffolk podiatrist.
- Hammertoes: This is when the toe is bent like a claw. Any toe may be affected but it's usually the second toe. Avoid shoes and socks that crowd toes to avoid pain or discomfort.
- Heel Spurs: Heel spurs are bone growths that occur when the plantar tendon pulls at attachments to the heel bone. This area calcifies forming a spur.
- Ingrown Toenails: Poorly cut toenails can dig into the skin. This can also be a result of shoe pressure, injury, fungal infection, genetics, and poor foot structure. You can prevent this issue by trimming toenails straight across and choosing proper shoe styles and sizes.
- Neuromas: These are enlarged benign nerve growths commonly found between the third and fourth toes. Neuromas occur because of irritated nerves, pressure from ill-fitting shoes, and an abnormal bone structure.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Heel and arch pain occurs when the plantar fasciitis tissue on the bottom of the foot is inflamed. Treatment options your podiatrist may suggest include icing, foot exercises, and prescription orthotics.
- Shin Splints: This is pain on either side of the leg bone. Causes range from muscle or tendon inflammation to excessive foot pronation. Proper stretching and corrective orthotics can help.
- Stress Fractures: Cracks in the bone because of overuse heal quickly with rest. Extra padding is a good preventive measure but if left untreated, stress fractures may lead to complete bone fractures, requiring casting.
Are you suffering from a foot problem that requires a podiatrist's attention?
Want to learn more about treating foot pain from AAL Podiatry Associates? Call Dr. Jesse Anderson, at the Norfolk, VA, office, at (757) 625-2962 or Suffolk, VA, office at (757) 539-2098 for more information.
Painful with every step you take. You never thought your feet would feel so bad, but plantar fasciitis has impacted your life. At AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, VA, Dr. Jesse Anderson eases plantar fasciitis symptoms with orthotics and other common sense interventions. You can feel better and forget about foot pain.
Simply put, this acquired podiatric condition is inflammatory, causing substantial discomfort, particularly first thing in the morning. Plantar fasciitis involves an overstretching of the connective tissue between the heel bone and base of the toes. At AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, Dr. Anderson listens carefully to patient's symptoms, does a simple exam and gait analysis and may take X-rays, too.
The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis centers on:
- Soreness across the bottom of the foot
- Improper gait (overpronation)
- Sharp pain in the heel or a general aching across the bottom of the foot
- Heel spurs (bony projections off the front of the calcaneus bone)
- Tingling and burning across the arch
Plantar fasciitis is caused by a number of factors including excess body weight, age, overuse and repetitive motion, tightened calf muscles, high arches and more. Typically, your causes are different from anyone else's, and as such, Dr. Anderson will customize a care plan specific to your needs and goals.
Easing your symptoms
Your treatment plan may include:
- Resting and elevating your feet
- Stretching your calf muscles first thing in the morning and through out the day
- Ice to the bottom of your feet to relieve inflammation
- Losing weight
- Wearing quality footwear with support in the arches
- Customized orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Over the counter analgesics or cortisone injections to relieve pain and inflammation
Customized orthotics from your Suffolk and Norfolk podiatrist provide support, protection and gait correction for aching feet. They are tailor-made to your foot structure and fit within your shoes exactly.
Soft orthotic materials are right for diabetics who may have co-existing sores or neuropathy Rigid materials, such as carbon graphite, protect deformities, and semi-rigid orthotics provide the balance and flexibility a runner or other athlete requires, explains the American Academy of Pediatric Sports Medicine.
Move and feel better
When you treat your feet to care from Dr. Jesse Anderson at AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, you'll manage your plantar fasciitis with orthotics and other sensible interventions which really work. Call us for a consultation, won't you? We have two locations to serve you. In Norfolk, VA, call (757) 625-2962. In Suffolk, phone us at (757) 539-2098.
While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.
The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.
Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:
- Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
- Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
- Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
- Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness
Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.
Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.
If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.