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Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- 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
Does your heel hurt? Although heel pain affects millions of people every year, a podiatrist can help you achieve relief with little expense or trouble. Dr. Humaira Syed of Reds Ankle & Foot Associates (with offices in Fort Lee, Wayne, and Clifton, NJ) offers treatments for heel pain; read on to learn about its common causes and treatments!
Causes of Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, and can result from poor arch support. It causes a stabbing pain on the bottom of the heel, which is usually worst in the morning. Plantar fasciitis can also cause stiffness and limited range of motion, making actions such as climbing stairs more difficult.
Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury related to the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. Symptoms include pain or inflammation in the back of your heel. Walking or excessive exercise commonly causes achilles tendinitis. If this foot condition grows worse, your tendon can tear, so if you think you may have it, you should see a doctor; you may need medicine or surgery to relieve your discomfort.
Heel spurs are bony outgrowths on the heel bone. They often start in the front of the heel and eventually affect other parts of the foot. Heel spurs can cause heel discomfort and can make it difficult to stand, walk, or exercise. Heel spurs are common among athletes and fitness enthusiasts.
A stress fracture is severe bruising within a bone or a crack in a bone. Most stress fractures are caused by repetitive activity and overuse. Stress fractures are common in people who participate in running sports. The symptoms of stress fractures include pain and inflammation.
Treatments for Heel Pain
Podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices are one of the best ways to treat heel pain. Orthotic devices are cushioned inserts or foot pads that are placed into shoes. Orthotic devices provide cushioning and arch support for added shock absorption. Studies show that podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices improve function and relieve heel pain.
Cortisone injections also offer quick relief for heel pain. Cortisone is a type of steroid and it is used to ease pain and swelling in specific areas of the body, generally for a couple of months. You can get cortisone shots at your podiatrist's office.
Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot ailments. Stretching exercises are an important adjunct to therapy for many foot conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, foot pain, and Achilles tendonitis. Studies show that stretching exercises decrease foot pain, increase flexibility, improve function, and reduce inflammation.
Night splints can help relieve heel discomfort. They work by holding the feet in a neutral position while you sleep to provide a gentle stretch to the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. This helps to reduce muscle contracture, discomfort, and swelling. You can wear a splint every night for several months before gradually reducing how often you wear it as symptoms disappear.
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Whether your goal is getting back to the gym, work, hobbies, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Don't wait—call Reds Ankle & Foot Associates at (973) 692-1111 to schedule a consultation in Fort Lee, NJ, Wayne, NJ, or Clifton, NJ. Our heel pain treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life!
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, roughly 15 percent of foot conditions that must be treated by a podiatrist are caused by plantar fasciitis. If you are familiar with the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, take immediate action to have the problem treated by your Clifton, Fort Lee, and Wayne, NJ, podiatrist. It’s a problem that can get progressively worse with time without necessary therapies.
Plantar Fasciitis Causes
The plantar fascia is a long band of connective tissue that runs below the foot. It attaches the toe bone to the heel bone. It can stretch and become inflamed due to frequent participation in physical activities, like running. Patients who are carrying extra weight are also at a higher risk of plantar fasciitis symptoms. A study published in the Medical Clinics of North America found that obesity plays a role in 70 percent of cases. Some people are born with feet that are poorly structured and prone to plantar fascia injuries.
Plantar Fasciitis Signs and Symptoms
One sign of a potential case of plantar fasciitis is flat feet. There should be an arch at the inside center of each foot. If that arch isn’t there, it may mean that the plantar fascia is stretched out. Other symptoms include:
- Foot or heel pain that reduces your activity level.
- Heel spurs (bony growths under the heel bone).
- Swelling or a throbbing sensation below the heel and beneath the feet.
The plantar fascia ligament can be successfully repaired in many cases with a proper diagnosis and consistent therapy. These are some of the treatments that your Clifton, Fort Lee, and Wayne podiatrist may use to improve the condition of your feet:
- Stretching exercises that help relieve pain.
- Modifications to your shoes and activities.
- Oral medication or injection therapy (corticosteroid injections).
- Night splinting, padding, and custom orthotics.
- A surgical procedure when other non-invasive methods don’t provide results.
The Way to Better Feet
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most diagnosed foot problems in podiatry. If you want to hit the ground running with healthier feet, call (973) 692-1111 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Humaira Syed. She is an experienced podiatrist who is proud to serve patients at Reds Ankle & Foot Associates, with locations in Clifton, Fort Lee, and Wayne, NJ.