Are you Ready to “Heel” Your Pain?

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 27, 2017
Category: Heel Pain

Heel pain has many facets and facts. The pain can come by way of spurs, strains and stress. Plantar Fasciitis may be the most common while, Heel Spurs can be more annoying than anything else. Either way a quick trip to Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center could nip the problem in the bud before it has a chance to bloom! 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The symptoms for plantar fasciitis are most pronounced in the morning when you rise and shine. You feel immediate pain as you place your heels down on the floor.  Although there isn’t much shining with that pain, the rising part needs to happen. Which is why treatment may be the best way to ensure less pain as you wake in the morning and face your day.

  • REST ~ gives your body a chance to calm down and chill out from all the pain you just put it through by walking or exercising with inflamed tissue.
  • STRETCH ~ when you stretch the fascia muscle you are half way there. Flexibility can prevent the ailment from ever happening.
  • RESET ~ Taping the foot gives instant relief of symptoms and reduces some of the pain under the heel.

What is Heel Spur?

A Calcium deposit that causes a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone.  Most times they are painless but if irritated it can cause pain to the heel making it difficult to walk. They are more prevalent among athletes who must run and jump continuously throughout their sport.  However, there are some things you can to do to stop the progression of a spur.

  • EXERCISE ~ keeps things moving and reduced the chance of calcium deposits to settle in the heel.
  • MEDICATION ~ with your doctor’s supervision, can provide temporary relief.
  • CORTISONE ~ these injections go straight to the problem by way of a needle and are very specific and effective in reducing the symptoms.

If you suspect a problem with your heels, call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen at our Saginaw or Essexville office for an appointment at 989-790-8009. We encourage you to call for advice, concern or just basic questions on your podiatry needs. But if you are experiencing the type of heel pain we talked about, come see us and let the Heel Experts Heal your pain!