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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!

To treat and prevent bunions, the Daily News’s Running Doc has listed several methods available for choosing. Bunions are characterized by large bone bumps that form along the inner portion of the Great toe’s first joint. Angled laterally, the great toe faces the other toes in a deformed manner. The bump may swell or become red and sore, and the skin existing around the base of the toe may thicken. To decrease the pace of bunion progression, avoid wearing high heels on a regular basis, wear flexible full-length orthotics while running, and wear looser fitting shoes around the toes. Silicone or thin foam toe separators can help correct the position of the toes. If unsuccessful, anti-inflammatories and corrective devices can be used. If all other methods are unsuccessful, bunion surgery may be considered.

Seek treatment immediately to avoid feeling the excessive pain caused by bunions. For medical assistance, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please 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 Bunions

bunionToe binding involves removing a knuckle, then pinning the toe back together to refuse the bones.

Also known as cosmetic toe-shortening, the procedure is usually performed alongside bunionremoval in non-cosmetic surgery circumstances.

The practice is similar to the Chinese custom of foot binding, which was used to ensure women’s feet remained small. Although foot binding is officially banned, toe-binding has striking similarities to the process. This procedure is gaining ground in America for those who want to wear heels but have difficulties due to bunions and other toe problems.

For many people, bunions are a real problem If you are contending with bunions, call podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will work with you to provide the best treatment option that works for you.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is an enlargement of the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The enlargement is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth. This swelling is caused by a shifting of the bones in the big toe inward, impacting the other toes of the foot. The area around the base of the big toe may become inflamed, red, and/or painful.

Formation

Genetics – people who are susceptible to bunions are often genetically predisposed.

Stress on the feet – wearing improperly fitting shoes or running and walking with improper form may cause stress on the feet. Wearing high heeled shoes puts the weight from the body onto the toes, causing further stress and bone displacement.

Diagnosis

A podiatrist who specializes in foot structure and bio-mechanics will be able to diagnose bunions.

Blood Tests - testing the blood for gout or arthritic conditions can help identify the causes.

Radiological Exam – a podiatrist will request an exam to identify the bunion by taking a look at the bone structure. If the x-ray shows an enlargement of the joint near the base of the toe, shifting toward the smaller toes, this usually indicates a bunion.

For more information about Bunions, follow the link below.

For more information, contact our office in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Bunions.

Plantar Fasciitis Buffalo Bills’ player Mario Williams did not participate in a week of exercise drills after hurting his foot. In reference to two sources that educated NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, Williams was detected with plantar fasciitis.

Williams played through Sunday despite the condition, even able to go toe to toe with Patriots right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. “I’m good,” Williams told the Bills’ official website, “I’m excited to get back out there on the field and get after it.” Hopefully he won’t have to miss any games, because without him the Bills will clearly have a hole in their defensive line.

Plantar Fasciitis can be painful and frustrating, especially when playing a completive sport. If you are currently experiencing pain in the ball of your foot or heels, where the plantar fascia is located, it is best to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Zahid Ladha, F.A.C.F.A.S. of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha can examine your feet and work with you to provide an appropriate treatment option to ensure healing and recovery.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Lack of adequate footwear
· Obesity
· Excessive running
· Poor foot support
· Overpronation

How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

For more information on Plantar Fasciitis please follow link below.

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 on Plantar Fasciitis.