Posts for tag: heel pain

By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 14, 2019
Category: Foot Injuries
Tags: heel pain  

Have Heel Pain? We Can Help!

Does your heel hurt? Heel pain is a common problem that happens when the heel is placed under too much stress. Heel pain is often caused by wearing narrow shoes, being overweight, standing for long periods, and playing active sports. Podiatrists Dr. George Abboud, Heel PainDr. Brian Tedesco, and Dr. Carl Conui at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, which is located in Reading, MA, offer treatments for heel pain. Read on to find out how we can help with heel pain.

Custom Orthotics. Orthotics are medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues. Custom orthotics are designed to support and comfort your feet. Research has shown that orthotics improve function and alleviate foot pain.

Medication. Your podiatrist may suggest taking medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce pain and tissue inflammation in the heel. You can also get pain relief with targeted topical pain medications from your podiatrist. Use medications safely. It's important to follow your podiatrist's directions when taking over-the-counter or prescription medication. 

Steroid Shots. If your pain persists, your podiatrist may inject cortisone into the tissue to reduce pain and inflammation. The steroid injections include a corticosteroid medication or local anesthetic. Steroid injections allow doctors to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area. You can get cortisone injections at your podiatrist's office. 

Foot Stretches. Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Your podiatrist may recommend stretching to manage and prevent heel pain. Studies have shown that stretching exercises alleviate pain, improve function, and reduce swelling. Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done when you wake in the morning. 

Night Splints. Your podiatrist may recommend a night splint to treat your heel pain. Night splints are braces that hold your foot in a neutral position while you sleep, thereby helping to relieve morning pain. This position applies a constant stretch to the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Night splints tend to work really well. And once your heel pain is gone, you can stop wearing them.

Heel Surgery. If other treatments don't relieve your pain, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of heel pain. As with any major medical procedure, the decision to have surgery should be made after careful consideration, and in collaboration with your healthcare provider. 

Conquer heel pain and regain your active life. Call New England Foot & Ankle Specialists at (781) 944-4044 right now to schedule a consultation in Reading, MA. You'll be amazed by the great relief heel pain treatment can bring. We want you to have a wonderful life!

By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain   Heel Spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
March 06, 2016
Tags: heel pain   Sever's Disease  

If you have a child who is an avid athlete and has started to complain of heel pain, a condition known as Sever’s Disease may be to blame. Also known as calcaneal apophysitis, Sever’s Disease is an inflammation of the heel’s growth plate. It most often affects children ages 8-15 because the growth plate is not fully developed then and the newly forming bone creates a weak area at the back of the heel.

Who is Susceptible to Sever’s Disease?

At New England Foot and Ankle Specialists, we see several risk factors that make a child more likely to get Sever’s Disease. These include:

  • Sports participation—this is by far the most common cause, particularly for children who play sports that involve excessive amounts of pounding on the heel such as running, basketball, football, soccer and baseball. Cleats are also known to increase the aggravation to the heel area.
  • Injury
  • Tight Achilles tendon—results in strain on the heel bone growth plate from the pulling done by tight tendon
  • Overly high arch or flatfeet
  • Being overweight

Treatment

Our foot and ankle doctors, George A. Abboud, D.P.M., Brian D. Tedesco, D.P.M., Carl Conui, D.P.M., or Kimberly Thurmond, D.P.M., will conduct a thorough examination of your child’s foot, heel and lower leg to reach a diagnosis. The podiatrist will also ask questions about activities and symptoms. X-rays or other imaging studies may be ordered to rule out a heel fracture or other heel problem. Once Sever’s Disease is confirmed, the foot doctor will determine the correct treatment for your child.

The immediate aim of treatment is to relieve the pain and discomfort of Sever’s Disease. This means your child will have to take a break from whatever activity is causing the condition. In extreme cases, the heel may need to be immobilized for a period of time. Icing the heel and anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed for pain. Depending on the cause of the heel growth plate inflammation, the podiatrist may prescribe heel pads to protect the inflamed area, orthotics to correct an arch problem or stretching exercises to loosen the Achilles tendon.

With this, or any other pain in the heel or foot that your child experiences, you should never encourage them to “play through it.” Make an appointment at either our Reading office today by calling (781) 944-4044.

If you are always on your feet, heel pain may be a common occurrence. Changing your fitness routine or putting on a few pounds can also add pressure to the feet, resulting in heel pain. Discomfort in the feet should never be overlooked, but heel pain can often be resolved through stretching. Properly flexing and exercising the muscles in your lower extremity can strengthen and protect your heels and other areas of the foot from future pain.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists of New England Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs. 

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change           

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Reading, MA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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