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Posts for category: Heel Pain

By Dr Aarti Kumar
September 23, 2020
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Heal your Heels  
                                  
 
Dry skin around the heels may seem like a common and minor problem until it goes unaddressed. Dry heels can often lead to thickened calluses which can be painful while walking or even when in shoes. These calluses often develop from wearing open back shoes, sandals or walking barefoot in the summer. Living in dry climates can also lead to dry heels as moisture is not retained in the skin as well as it should be. Some medical conditions such as poor circulation, cancer, thyroid disorders and diabetes can also lead to dry, cracked heels. 
 
Extremely dry heels can lead to deep cracks in the skin which are referred to as "fissures". Any opening or breach in the skin serves as a portal for bacterial infections and the feet are no different. Once bacteria enter the heel fissures, skin infection or cellulitis can occur around the foot or ankle region. This becomes a grave concern in diabetic and other immunocompromised patients who cannot fight off minor infections unlike otherwise healthy individuals. 
 
So what should you do if you notice dry, cracked heels? The first step is always to moisturize your skin. Patients are usually instructed to moisturize the heels after a shower as your skin is most supple. Instead of using a lotion, use a cream or a petroleum jelly to have a more protective barrier. Lotions have a higher concentration of water than creams and do not retain moisture as well. Exfoliation is always a good idea if the calluses are just starting to develop and not bleeding.
 
 The key is to start treating dry skin early and not letting it become severe enough to developing into fissures or deep cracks. Podiatrists can shave or debride the thickened skin to get rid of all the dead skin and then recommend proper emollients or moisturizers to avoid such problems in the future. Sometimes we will recommend proper shoe gear or orthotics to prevent friction in addition to shaving the skin which will help future recurrences. If you think you have dry heels, do not hesitate to come in! The podiatrists here at Advanced Podiatry will help you get back on your toes-or heels!
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. 


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