Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis
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:
- Plantar fasciitis—The 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.
- 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.
- Heel fracture—While 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!
Custom orthotic shoe inserts are formed precisely to fit your foot shape and are used to treat many foot and ankle problems and to help athletes perform more effectively while decreasing the chances of an injury.
The correct pressure management and weight distribution is essential to the proper functioning of your feet and ankles. By using orthotics to correct your gait mechanics, you also straighten out your spinal column which has positive effects for your knees, hips, and back as well.
Using orthotic inserts in conjunction with specially made shoes for patients with diabetes can help treat and prevent foot ulcers and relieve pain from deformities like bunions and hammertoes.
Some of the many conditions that can be treated with custom orthotic shoe inserts include the following:
- Arch and gait abnormalities
- Diabetic foot problems
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Ankle sprains
- Neuropathy and neuromas
- Heel problems
- Breaks and stress fractures
Your foot doctor can determine your foot type using a computerized gait analysis and design orthotics that will address flat feet and other arch problems. Pads and cushions can be used to provide heel lifting and isolation of problem areas so healing can occur.
Ankle instability is also a common problem that affects patients who have diabetes and specially made ankle stabilization products can improve balance and help prevent falls and injuries.
If you need help with orthotic inserts to treat your foot or ankle problems, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will provide the most accurate 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!
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- 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
There are a wide variety of causes for ankle pain due to the complex structure of the foot and ankle. A multitude of tendons, ligaments, bones and other tissues are all susceptible to painful and debilitating problems associated with stress and injury. Ankle pain can radiate from the inside to the outside of the ankle, and even along the Achilles tendon which can radiate the pain further up the leg and even into the knees.
Some common causes of ankle pain and discomfort include the following:
● Tendonitis or tendon rupture
● Various types of arthritis
Because the ankle joint is so complex, even a minor injury can bring on severe pain, swelling, and discomfort.
Initial treatment for ankle pain is with the RICE method:
- Rest—Take the weight off of the ankle by using crutches or a wheelchair.
- Ice—Apply ice several times a day for ten to fifteen minutes at a time.
- Compression—A compression bandage can be wrapped around the ankle to help immobilize it and decrease swelling.
- Elevation—Propping your foot up on a pillow, so it is above the level of your heart will decrease swelling.
Ibuprofen or Tylenol can be taken to further reduce pain and inflammation. If the discomfort and swelling does not subside significantly after a few hours and if substantial improvement doesn’t occur after a few days, you may have a serious injury that requires medical attention. 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!