Posts for tag: heel pain

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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Plantar fasciitis can be described as a condition in which the heel of the foot becomes inflamed with pain. This occurs when the fibrous band of tissues that connect your heel to your toe becomes infected. There are several solutions for treating plantar fasciitis. The first recommended tip is to go see your podiatrist. Consider taking over-the-counter calcium and magnesium supplements to help with managing your foot pain. Ice the bottom of your feet, stretch your calves, and massage your feet often to help reduce inflammation and pain.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. 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.  

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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By New England Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 03, 2016

With all the extra standing and walking during the holiday season, any pain in the foot becomes a more debilitating problem.  Sufferers of plantar fasciitis usually experience sharp, stabbing pains in their heels. This pain is usually at its worst in the morning when you take your first steps but you may notice it too after you have been standing on line at the mall for an extended period of time or after sitting through the company holiday party and then getting up.

What’s Behind the Pain

There’s a band of connective tissue in your foot that stretches from your heel bone across the arch and whole bottom of the foot to the base of your toes. When this band of tissue becomes inflamed, the heel and arch pain of plantar fasciitis is the result. At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, we see patients with plantar fasciitis that stems from several sources: being overweight; flat feet or overly high arches that put extra stress on the plantar fascia; jobs that require long hours of standing (particularly on hard surfaces); exercise such as running or power walking, especially if the patient’s foot tends to overpronate, which means it rolls inward excessively.

Left untreated, plantar fasciitis can become extremely disabling because the pain will prevent you from walking normally and limit your activity. In compensating to avoid the pain, you may end up damaging your knees, back or hips, creating additional medical problems.

What Can Be Done

The good news is that most people respond to conservative treatment for this condition. One of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond will first conduct a complete examination of your foot and ask you questions about the pain and other symptoms. X-rays or other imaging tests may be ordered to rule out foot disorders with similar symptoms.

Once the foot doctor has confirmed the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, rest, icing and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended initially to relieve the pain and inflammation. Other treatment options may include any or all of the following:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotics—to correct the faulty foot structure and/or arch problem that may be causing the plantar fasciitis; in some instances padding will be recommended to act as a shock absorber
  • Night splints—to help keep the plantar fascia stretched overnight; strapping during the day may also help
  • Physical Therapy

In extreme cases where other therapies do not bring relief, surgery may be required. To find out how to get relief from your heel pain, make an appointment to come into either our Reading office by calling (781) 944-4044.



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