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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
February 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.

While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.

 

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.

 

When should I see a podiatrist?

If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.

 

How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?

In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications
  • Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
  • Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
  • Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
  • Icing the heel
  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes

Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.

 

If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 09, 2017

It is hard to go a day without using our feet. Our feet are an integral part of our livelihood and everyday lives. Without our feet, we would be unable to properly move around and live. But using our feet constantly comes with a price. If we use our feet repetitively over and over again, we can end up unintentionally injuring them. These injuries can range from mild to severe and should not be overlooked. If you are experiencing any of the conditions or their symptoms listed below, call a podiatrist.

  • Plantar Fasciitis – This condition causes inflammation of the plantar’s arch, more commonly known as the sole of the foot. Typically, plantar fasciitis is most bothersome first thing in the morning. As the day progresses it begins to feel better. It can last for varying amounts of time and can come and go as it pleases. Modified exercise, orthotics, rest and ice are helpful when treating this condition.
  • Sever’s Disease – This overuse disease is caused from inflammation of the heel bone. It occurs before the body's skeleton is fully mature, which means children are most susceptible. Its main target of attack is the growth plate near the spot where the Achilles tendon attaches itself to the foot. A heel cup or pad, rest, ice, stretching, and modified exercising are very helpful when treating this condition.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – Overuse of the Achilles tendon leads to this condition. Excessive jumping is often the leading cause of Achilles tendonitis. In most cases, it affects people aged 14 and up. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, rest, ice and stretching can help heal this condition.
  • Stress Fracture – Stress fractures occur when the body is subjected to repeated episodes of micro traumas. A sudden increase in exercise can cause these types of fractures. If these fractures are not properly treated, they can become more severe and cause a full fracture to the bone. Stress fractures should be seen and treated immediately.

Does your Achilles tendon ache when you walk? Does the sole of your foot hurt first thing in the morning? Then it is time to call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. Dr. Cohen and his staff with help you get back on your feet. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 11, 2017

Little feet are delicate and require more love and care than big feet. It is true that children’s feet are different from those of adults because they are actively growing and developing. Their foot problems should be brought to a doctor’s attention and  Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center understands the needs of our children’s feet. 

  • Flat feet pain with children is a common concern that many parents have with their children’s health. Lack of an arch in the foot can cause significant problems but can be monitored to see if they grow out of it. In the interim the child should wear arch support shoes to ensure the foot develops away from the conditions of flat feet.
  • In-toeing and Out-toeing for children should be treated under the super vision of a podiatrist who specializes in children’s foot care.  An appointment early on is vital to correcting this situation.  
  • Foot deformities are more medically involved and may be corrected with proper shoes or braces. Some foot deformities can be caused by cerebral palsy, polio, muscular dystrophy or club foot.  Again, a podiatrist should be consulted from the onset. 

When the warm weather comes and the kids hit the playground we can’t always keep an eye on them 100% of the time. They are active and swift plus fearless and sometimes reckless. But we can keep their safety a priority by visiting our doctor for routine checkups. We tend to overlook podiatry as a preventative health measure and forget that our feet take us everywhere our body needs to go.

  • Heel pain is common with children who play soccer and basketball but can also effect those children who play hard all day. Heel pain that is more sever is known as Sever’s disease and mostly occurs in children between the age of 8 – 14. Both boys and girls are equally susceptible to the disease. The pain happens where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone but the first sign is when your child starts rubbing their heels with their fingers at games or practices. 

We do tend to watch our children when outdoors to make sure they do not wonder off with a stranger or fall head first into the slide but the subtle signs of recurring pain should be addressed too. If your child is showing any signs of foot or ankle discomfort or pain call us at 989-790-8009 and schedule a visit. We are conveniently located in Saginaw and Essexville for your convenience. There is no room for pain at the field or the playground!

COLLINGWOOD TRAININGDane Swan of the Collingwood Magpies, has been rendered out of commission for the past month as a result of a strained plantar fascia. However, Collingwood might need Swan’s skills if they want to win in future games. Magpies coach Nathan Buckley is well aware that his lacks in manpower and hopes Swan recovers soon. “He’s a senior player,” Buckley said of Swan. “He has lots of experience, so we’ll end up having a discussion with him over the next 24 hours to see where we go from here.”

Heel pain can be caused by a number of different podiatric ailments. If your heels hurt, think about contacting podiatrist Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M., of the Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can get you an accurate diagnosis and treat the cause of your discomfort.

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 one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI.We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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