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By Foot First Podiatry Center
July 01, 2019
Category: Heel pain

Heel pain is a common occurrence, and while minor heel pain will usually subside with rest, icing, and elevation, more severe heel pain could be from a serious problem requiring assistance from your foot care professional.

3 common causes of heel pain include the following:

  1. Plantar fasciitisThe arch of your foot is formed by a wide band of tissue called the plantar fascia. This tissue narrows and follows around the back of the heel where it inserts into the heel bone. The plantar fascia often becomes stretched and damaged from work, exercise, and the pain and discomfort can radiate to the insertion point at the heel bone.
  2. Achilles tendon injury—The Achilles tendon runs along the back of your heel and up to your calf muscle. It is the largest tendon in your body and allows you to flex your foot and push off when you walk or exercise. When this tendon becomes injured due to high-stress activities, it can cause unbearable pain, especially after a complete rupture. More commonly, the tendon will become swollen and stretched or slightly torn. Always stop what you are doing when you injure your Achilles tendon to avoid a much worse injury.
  3. Heel fractureWhile your heel bone may be very strong, it is nevertheless susceptible to breaking, especially during high impact sports and exercise activities. Affecting your heel on a hard court while playing sports like basketball or tennis can happen with considerable force, causing the heel bone to break. This can be a very painful injury involving surgery and a lengthy recovery period.

If you are experiencing pain in your heels, see your podiatrist for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M., is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
January 23, 2019
Category: Heel pain

A bone spur is a small protrusion that can cause considerable pain and discomfort on your heel. These growths are frequently a result of plantar fasciitis. They can form on your heel as a result of repetitive stress and pressure and frequently occur in people who wear tight-fitting shoes like high heels. While a small spur may not cause any severe problems, a larger spur can make even routine activities like standing and walking extremely difficult.

Causes of bone spurs

3 factors that can cause or contribute to bone spur formation include the following:

  1. Poorly fitting shoes—Footwear that causes too much pressure and rubbing should be replaced or avoided. Have your feet properly measured and fitted.
  2. Stressful sports and other activities—High-stress impacts from jumping and running for sports and other exercises can contribute to the formation of bone spurs. People who are on their feet all day for work are also more susceptible.
  3. Being overweight—Carrying extra pounds increases the already severe pressure on the heel bone causing heel calluses and contributing to bone spur formation.

Treatments for bone spurs include the following:

  1. Wait and see— a small bone spur on your heel may not cause any serious problems or pain and until that happens, many people leave them alone.
  2. Custom orthotic insertsBone spurs and plantar fasciitis can often be treated with custom orthotic inserts. Talk to your foot doctor.
  3. Switch shoes—Wearing sandals or backless shoes will eliminate the rubbing and blisters caused by a small heel spur.

If the above conservative treatments are not enough, extracorporeal shock wave treatment or surgery may be necessary to treat the spur. If you are experiencing complications with bone spurs, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Dr. Zahid Ladha, our expert podiatrist, can provide the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 to schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
September 26, 2018
Category: Heel pain

Experiencing severe pain in the back of your heel may be a sign of Achilles tendonitis. The Achilles tendon is the large tendon that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. When it is overstressed from working too hard or from playing sports, you can feel a great deal of pain in the heel area, calf, and ankle.

Achilles tendonitis can be caused by the following:

  • Rapidly accelerating without proper warming up and conditioning—A common reason for injury to the Achilles tendon is by starting a workout program too quickly without stretching and proper conditioning. Starting an exercise program after years of sitting is frequently implicated in Achilles tendon injuries.
  • Repetitive stress—Playing tennis, football, and basketball, as well as other repetitive sports and activities, can slowly damage the Achilles tendon.
  • Poorly fitted shoes—Make sure that your athletic shoes are the right size and that you have custom orthotic inserts for the correct arch, ball, and heel support. Always be sure to wear shoes that are made for the activity you will be performing.

Treatment options for Achilles tendonitis

Initial pain in your Achilles tendon can be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Ibuprofen will decrease pain and swelling and physical therapy will help gently stretch the tendon and strengthen the calf muscles. Custom orthotic inserts can help reduce strain on the tendon and provide cushioning to the heel.

If the pain and discomfort prevent you from walking and don’t start to improve after several days, you may have a ruptured Achilles tendon that will require further testing and surgery to properly repair.

If you are experiencing complications with Achilles tendonitis, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will provide you with the correct diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

 

By Foot First Podiatry Center
August 08, 2018
Category: Heel pain

Your heels are the first point of contact with the ground with nearly every step you take and they do an amazing job of absorbing the stress and pressure. The bone that forms your heel is the largest bone in your foot and creates some of the critical structure that is necessary to shape and support the arch.

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Muscles and tendons extend on each side of your heel provide movement for your big toe and pinky toe. Your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone, so there are many situations where injuries may arise with your heels causing debilitating heel pain and discomfort.

3 common sources of heel pain include the following:

  1. Achilles tendon injuryThis is actually the largest tendon in your body and has the demanding job of connecting your heel bone with your calf muscle. The location where it attaches to your heel bone is particularly sensitive to disruption and will often be the sight of pain and discomfort caused by repetitive stress, injury or overuse.
  2. Plantar fasciitisOne of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition affects the band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot between your heel bone and your toes. When this arch tissue is irritated and inflamed, the pain often shows up in the heel and can be especially noticeable when first getting out of bed after resting.
  3. Haglund’s deformityThe “pump bump” is often caused by tight fitting shoes. This painful growth appears on the back of the heel and forms partially in response to the excessive pressure and rubbing caused by high heels and other tight shoes.

Treatment for heel pain can be often be accomplished easily with custom-fitted orthotic inserts used to decrease pressure on the heel. For more difficult cases, advanced treatments like laser and shockwave therapy can reduce pain and help improve blood circulation.

If you are experiencing pain in your heel, see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatristZahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

By Foot First Podiatry Center
June 13, 2018
Category: Heel pain
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Many weekend warriors, hard workers, and professional athletes have experienced the debilitating pain and discomfort that comes with the condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the name given to the connective tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot between the metatarsal bones of the toes and the heel bone.  When this tissue becomes irritated or even slightly torn from excessive stress and pressure, you may not even be able to walk without crutches or a foot boot until the tissue heals.

A less common condition called peroneal tendonitis creates similar symptoms but it affects the two peroneal tendons on the side of the foot. Always consult with your podiatrist first, because the individual treatments for these two conditions are very different.

Prevention and Treatment

A diverse mélange of stretching and strengthening exercises to deal with plantar fasciitis have been developed to help keep the Achilles tendons and calf muscles flexible and the arch high. People who have flat feet are much more likely to experience this condition, so see your foot doctor to determine what type of feet you have. It can have enormous repercussions all the way up your spine.

One of the best ways to avoid this injury and to keep a current injury from getting more pronounced is to take palliative measures involving stretching and strengthening exercises to heart.

The best 5 exercises to deal with plantar fasciitis are:

  1. Arch stretches—While seated, place one foot over your lap and pull the toes back to stretch out the plantar fascia. Hold for 20 seconds and repeat five times.
  2. Calf stretches—Facing a wall with one leg forward and one leg back, bend the knee of the front leg and stretch. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat ten times.
  3. Step stretches—Stand on the edge of a step and gradually lower your heels to produce a stretch in the Achilles tendons and calf muscles. Raise your heels up and repeat this exercise five times.
  4. Calf strengthening exercises—From a standing position, raise your heels to stretch out your calf muscles. Repeat 5 times
  5. Toe strengthening exercises—Spread your toes wide and release. You can build up some resistance to push your toes against with the use of an elastic band. Also, perform towel scrunches by placing a small towel on the floor and scrunching it back and forth with your toes.

For plantar fasciitis or any other problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact your podiatrist right away. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!