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There’s no need to live with heel pain. Find out how to get your foot problems under control.
Heel pain is no laughing matter, and many people will face a bout of heel pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are an athlete or your job requires you to stand on your feet all day, there are many factors that could predispose you to plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory condition that is one of today's most common causes of heel pain. Read on to learn more about this condition, how you can treat it on your own, and when you should turn to our New Albany, IN, podiatrist, Dr. Zahid Ladha, for care.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that supports the arches of the feet and connects the toes to the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. You may be more at risk for developing this condition if you:
- Are obese or overweight
- Are a long-distance runner
- Suddenly increase the duration or intensity of a run or physical activity
- Wear worn-out or improper footwear that doesn’t provide ample arch and heel support
- Have overworked, worn out or tight muscles in the legs or feet
- You have high arches or flat feet
What are the signs of plantar fasciitis?
While plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, it isn’t the only cause. However, you may be able to differentiate this condition from other heel pain causes by symptoms alone. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Severe heel pain under the heel (below the heel bone)
- Intense stabbing pain, especially when first standing up or moving around
- Pain that eases up with movement
- Pain that radiates to the arches of the feet
- Stiffness around the arches and heel of the affected foot
When should you see a podiatrist about your heel pain?
If your heel pain is minor, you may choose to take some time to stay off your feet and rest, which is always a good idea. In some cases, this may be all you need to help the inflamed tissue heal; however, it can take several weeks for plantar fasciitis to go away. If your pain is severe, if you are experiencing heel pain for the first time, or if you are having trouble walking around because of pain and other symptoms, then it’s important that you see our New Albany, IN, foot doctor for an evaluation.
Our doctors can identify the cause of your plantar fasciitis to reduce your chances of developing this problem again, as well as provide both self-care measures and other treatment options to handle even the most serious and chronic cases of plantar fasciitis.
Don’t just ignore your heel pain. Our podiatrist and his professional team in New Albany, IN, are here to help alleviate your pain. Call Foot First Podiatry today at (812) 945-9221 to schedule an appointment with us.
While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.
The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.
Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:
- Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
- Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
- Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
- Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness
Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.
Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.
If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.
When the entire bottom of your foot touches the ground when you stand, then your arch is falling, and you have flat feet. While not always an issue, for the majority of the over 70 million folks in the country who have the condition, untreated flat feet causes foot and ankle pain and also contributes to knee, hip, and back problems.
The two main types of flat feet include:
- Congenital flat feet—This means you inherited the condition. Flexible flat feet is the most common congenital type and is characterized by the arch being present when weight is removed, but disappearing when you stand on the foot. It may or may not cause pain and discomfort.
- Acquired flat feet—As you age, the arch of the foot eventually succumbs to the continuous daily pressure and stress, and if the arch isn’t properly supported, painful conditions like plantar fasciitis can be the result.
Treatment for flat feet
Treatment for pain and swelling caused by having untreated flat feet includes taking ibuprofen, resting, icing, and physical therapy exercises. In some cases, flat feet don’t cause any problems and will not require any treatment. For most people, however, a computerized gait analysis can be performed by your foot doctor to determine how you pronate when you walk. Properly fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts will correct most problems and even treat knee, hip, and back pain.
If you are experiencing problems from untreated flat feet, see your foot doctor 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!
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!