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Posts for category: Heel Pain

By Dr Arden Smith
June 01, 2020
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Heel Pain  
All of our Advanced Podiatry offices have had many reports of heel and arch pain from patients stuck at home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Nonsuportive footwear - or lack of footwear - may be to blame for the upsurge in cases. Adults are shifting routines and adapting to new working environments; and it’s easy to neglect proper care and support of their feet.
 
The top priority when treating heel and arch pain, is to reduce the mechanical strain on the plantar fascia, often with custom foot orthotics, splints for stretching, and supportive footwear. Most cases of heel pain respond well to conservative (nonsurgical) treatment, including anti-inflammatory measures and stretching. However, our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, and Maspeth are well trained to provide advanced, cutting edge treatments, including EPAT therapy, ultrasound guided injection therapy, and surgical intervention for more complex cases.
 
Foot and heel pain is never normal, so see one of our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, and Maspeth right away.
 
By Dr Aarti Kumar
March 19, 2020
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Heel Pain  
                                
 
Are you stuck at home with heel pain and don't know what to do? Rest assured we at Advanced Podiatry are here to help you; but if you have decided to self-quarantine during this tumultuous time, here a few tips to get you through pain:
 
1. Rest/elevate- if you are able to, it is is best to rest and elevate your feet to help with inflammation subside
2. Ice- apply ice or cold compresses to the bottom of the heel at least 2-3 times a day for about 10-15 minutes/day. 
3. Non-steroidal antiinflammatories (NSAIDs)- since most heel pain is caused an inflammatory process, short term NSAIDs such as Aleeve or Advil might help with alleviation of symptoms. Keep in mind, though, if you have any history of acid reflux or take blood thinners, NSAIDs are not a good choice. 
4. Stretching- if you have heel pain first step out of bed in the morning, stretches are a good idea to keep heel pain at bay in the long run. Try a standing calf stretch where you stand placing both hands on a wall keeping the affected limb straight and other knee bent and holding the stretch for 10 seconds. Another stretch to do is placing a towel under the ball of your foot and pulling towards your face holding the stretch for 10 seconds. Try about 10 reps on each side to stay symmetrical. 
5. Supportive shoe gear- if you are going out for a walk or run, keep in mind to wear supportive sneakers. If a sneaker bends in the middle, it is not a supportive shoe. Try wearing orthotics so that your arches are supported. 
 
Above are just some recommendations in helping acute heel pain. Our doctors are available in the offices to help you if none of the above helps decrease pain. Additionally, keeping the current state of affairs in mind, our doctors are now offering telemedicine so that you can freely share your concerns while feeling safe at home. 
By Dr Arden Smith
May 17, 2019
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Sever's Disease  
                                  
By Dr. Arden Smith, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery, Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine
 
One of the most common soccer injuries we, at Advanced Podiatry, have seen is a large number of young soccer players complaining of heel pain. This problem is often caused by a condition known as apophysitis of the calcaneus or Severs Disease. This condition consists of an inflammation of the growth area of the heel bone which has not completely matured, or closed altogether, and has developed in two parts. It is most commonly seen in boys and girls between the ages of 10 to 15. The pain is usually present in the back of the heel and is more pronounced in running and jumping sports.
 
The treatment consists of x-ray evaluation to make a proper diagnosis and to rule out any bone fractures. A custom orthotic insert is often needed to correct the biomechanical and balances which may be causing a jamming effect on the heel plate; additionally the elimination of any cleated shoes with less than four cleats in the heel area. Often a Tuli's Heel Cup is used to assist with shock absorption minimizing the direct trauma to the heel..  In summary, watch for any warning signals; when a child complains of heel pain, there is usually a need for an examination.
By Dr Evan Vieira
October 31, 2018
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Heel   pain   Causes  

                                                  

Heel pain is one of the most common and debilitating conditions affecting Americans today.  Yes, it is that big of a problem. 

We are specifically referring to plantar fasciitis.  Why is plantar fasciitis such a problem?
 
When you are in pain, you are less likely to be active and exercise.  You are more likely to become depressed.  It can affect your work, personal life and general well being. 
 
We don't often think of a foot problem being so dramatic, but it is and it is quite common.  If you are suffering make an appointment to be evaluated, diagnosed and treated today!
 
There is help out there and at Advanced Podiatry we have the tools and expertise to provide you the most advanced state of the art care. 
By contactus@lifootcare.com
April 23, 2017
Category: Heel Pain

We all have a tendon in our legs known as the Achilles tendon which attaches the calf muscles the heel bone; it allows you to walk, jump and run as well as making it possible to stand on the balls of your feet. But when you have a continuous and intense physical activity like the ones mentioned above then it can result in a painful inflammation of that tendon a problem known as Achilles tendonitis. However, sometimes there are other unrelated factors to the physical exercises which can also contribute to Achilles Tendonitis. Such include Rheumatoid arthritis and an infection.

Some of the causes of Achilles Tendonitis are as follows

•    Wearing poorly fitted shoes

•    Some sports such as tennis which require quick stops and change of direction

•    Exercising without doing a proper warm up

•    Strain on the calf muscles during exercises

•    Prolonged wearing of heels

How Is Achilles Tendonitis Diagnosed?

Your doctor will perform some physical observations along with asking you a few questions concerning your pain and swelling in the heel. The doctor will ask you to stand on the balls of your feet, and he will feel the area around where you feel most painful, and the swelling is severe. Although you will not need them, using imaging tests can also help to confirm it when necessary. These tests include X-rays, MRI scans, and ultrasounds which provide images, detect rupture or tissue degeneration and show related damage to tendon movement.

Treating Achilles Tendonitis

In regards to the severity of your problem, the doctor might suggest any of the treatments ranging from resting and using ibuprofen to steroid injections and surgery. The first treatment will be to reduce your physical activity. Aside from that, your doctor will most probably suggest that you do the following

•    Go to physical therapy

•    Use a walking boot or wear a brace to restrict heel movement

•    Foot elevation to reduce swelling

•    Opt for a less strenuous sport

Using the RICE Method

It is usually useful for the treatment of Achilles Tendonitis just after having the injury. It entails rest, ice, compression and elevation and works in the following way

Rest- you will not put pressure or weight on the tendon for at least two days until the time that you can walk without feeling any pain. It heals faster if there is no additional strain.

Ice- using a bag of ice wrapped in a clothing material and then placing the bag against your skin. You will hold it against the tendon for about 20 minutes. The ice serves to help your inflammation go down faster.

Compression- you can use a bandage, clothing or athletic tape to tie it around the tendon so as to compress the injury. It will help keep the tendon from swelling too much but remember not to tie too tightly.

Elevation- raise your foot above the level of your chest. It works to maintain the swelling down because blood will be returning to the heart as a result of your foot being higher than your heart. It is easier when you use a pillow.

If you seek treatment earlier and follow the instructions of your doctor, then you will be more likely to recover quickly.

 


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