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By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • 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
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
June 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.

Causes of Heel Pain

As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.

The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
  • Page’s disease of bone
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Heel Pain Treatment Options

For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.

Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:

  • OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
  • Icing the heel several times a day
  • Bracing or splinting the foot
  • Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Wearing protective and supportive shoes
  • Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises

If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.

Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
May 09, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain   orthotics  

When you suffer from heel pain, you are suffering from a constant ache. You use your feet all the time to stay mobile and, in doing so, cause your heels to hurt more. Since you are so busy, it is hard to find time to really sit down and think of some ways to help reduce your pain. Don’t worry though, we have compiled a list of tips for you so you can use them as you get on with your busy lifestyle.

  • Wear your shoes around the house when you are home at night. Walking barefoot or with slippers can cause more pain because there is no cushion or support to help the heel recover.
  • Stretch out your calves. Go slowly so you do not overextend your muscles and end up in the podiatrist’s office with a sprain.
  • Begin all new exercise regimens slowly. This allows the body to get used to the new exercises and prevent overuse or strain.
  • Buy a pair of new shoes that have good quality support and cushioning to help your heel.
  • Try to lose some weight. If you are carrying around excess weight, you are putting more pressure on your heels. Excess pressure and shock can cause or worsen plantar fasciitis so much that it can render someone immobile if not treated seriously.
  • Avoid uneven walking surfaces. These can cause more strain or force your foot to roll.
  • Consult your podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen. Exercise is a good way to stay healthy, but if you suffer from chronic heel pain, certain exercises may not be right for you.
  • Get some orthotics. Your podiatrist can make custom fitting orthotics that insert directly into your shoe. These help to support the heel and often prevent pain.
  • If you feel pain that wasn’t there before, call your podiatrist. If you do not already have a podiatrist, consider choosing our office. We have had many years of experience in treating painful heels.

Heel pain can cause you a lot of grief, but it can be managed with the correct regimen. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office line at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. You do not have to live with plantar fascia pain – let us help.

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!

By contactus@mid-michiganfootandankle.com
May 16, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

Wesley Johnson of the Los Angeles Clippers had to miss the game against the Jazz due to plantar fasciitis in both feet. Johnson was experiencing pain when he ran and jumped, possibly why he was also sat out in the game against the Lakers. Johnson was dealing with “pain in both feet at various points earlier this season,” so Johnson’s status was then currently unknown.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, D.P.M. of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices, located in Saginaw and Essexville, MI. We offer all the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet your needs.

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