Posts for tag: Heel Spur

By Foot First Podiatry
June 06, 2018
Category: Heel pain

A heel spur shows up as a bump on your heel and can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Routine activities like standing and walking can become very uncomfortable. A heel spur often forms in response to the increased pressure and stress caused to the heel by stressful physical activities, footwear choices, and lifestyle habits.

What causes heel spurs to form?

Some of the stressors that can cause heel spurs include the following:

  • Tight or loose-fitting footwear—It’s important to wear shoes that are supportive and comfortable. Shoes or other footwear that cause excessive pressure and rubbing or that are loose fitting should be replaced.
  • Stressful activities—High impacts from jumping and running can contribute to the formation of heel spurs.
  • Obesity—Excess weight on the feet increases the pressure on the heel which contributes to the formation of heel spurs.
  • Complications from diabetes—Individuals battling diabetes need to be very careful with their feet since heel spurs and other problems can lead to infection and amputation.

A minor heel spur may go undetected for years, but a more severe case requires intervention. Heel spurs can be treated with custom orthotic inserts that can correct the poor foot mechanics that may have created the pressure that caused the spur to form. Be certain that your shoes are not causing the problem, and get your feet properly measured prior to buying new shoes since your feet can expand with age. Several physical therapies including ultrasound, massage, stretching, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy can alleviate the symptoms of heel spurs.

If conservative treatments are proving to be ineffective, a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove the spur. If you are experiencing complications with a heel spur, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha provides excellence and comfort in caring for your feet! Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!

jeff taylorCharlotte Bobcats player Jeff Taylor will be on the bench for the rest of the season after sustaining a rupture to his right Achilles tendon during a game against the Detroit Pistons. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said that while it will be too early to speculate how many months Taylor will be out, he personally believes the small forward will be ‘just fine’.

“What I relayed to him is it’s unfortunate for him and really unfortunate for his teammates, because he’s a big part of this team,” Clifford said. “But his mindset has to be on his career now. And for his career, it shouldn’t be a problem. From what other guys (rehabbing from similar injuries) have done, if he has the same approach to his injury that he has to improving his game, then he should come back and be 100 percent.”

Achilles tendon injuries are painful. If you injured your Achilles tendon, visit podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can treat your injuries and help you to manage the pain and discomfort involved.

Just What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in our bodies. As the tendon that connects the heel to the calf muscles, the Achilles tendon helps with even the most basic movement in the legs such as walking. As a result, the Achilles tendon can risk incurring Achilles tendinitis or even a rupture. Those especially at risk include people who overexert themselves during physical activity, namely athletes.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms Include:

  • Inflammation
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Tendon Thickening
  • Slower Movement Time
  • Pain ranging from dull to severe

Achilles Tendon ruptures are caused by the tendon ‘snapping’ or ripping. There are often more painful and immediate as opposed to Achilles tendinitis. There are surgical and non-surgical methods in treating Achilles tendon ruptures, with recovery time possibly taking up to a year.

While no injury is completely avoidable, there are preventive measures that can lower your chances. This includes:

  • Incorporating strengthening exercises to your workout regimen such as squats and leg presses
  • Stretch your tendon before and after exercise
  • Wear comfortable, fitted footwear that is occasion-specific

And of course, if you believe you have injured your Achilles tendon be sure to visit a podiatrist immediately, as they can help diagnose and address your problem.

If you have any questions, contact our office located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Achilles Tendon Injuries.