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By Foot First Podiatry Center
July 03, 2019
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is a frustrating problem to have; it can be disruptive to your entire life, especially if your job requires you to be on your feet. At Heel-PainFoot First Podiatry, in New Albany, IN, Dr. Zahid Ladha sees a lot of patients who have heel pain but aren't sure what caused it. Your podiatrist can discuss areas of the foot that are often responsible for heel pain with you.

Achilles tendon

Our patients typically describe two different kinds of heel pain to us: if it comes from the back of the heel (where the strap of a sandal would wrap around), it is typically caused by inflammation within the Achilles tendon. This large, stretchy band of tissue connects the heel to the calf and can become strained due to running or other sports that require a lot of quick movements with the feet (such as tennis or basketball). Often your New Albany podiatrist finds that poor-quality footwear is to blame, but starting a high-intensity exercise regimen suddenly or skipping the warm-up portion of your workout can cause problems in this area of the foot. This disorder is called Achilles tendonitis.

Plantar fascia

When our patients at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany complain of pain originating from the bottom of the heel (the round, padded part of the foot that rests the ground when you stand), Dr. Ladha often suspects a breakdown in the structure of the plantar fascia, which is the ligament that spans the arch of the foot. Like Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis often develops due to excessive exercise, particularly running, especially if your shoes don't fit properly. An anatomical issue with the foot arch - such as flat feet - may also play a part. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis is often the worst in the morning, just after getting out of bed, and gets better after walking around for a while.

Regardless of the reason for your heel pain, trust your podiatrist at Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN, to help you recover. Contact our office for an appointment today!

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
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 Foot First Podiatry Center
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   heel spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

By Foot First Podiatry
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.