Posts for tag: Heel Pain
- Overuse (running, tennis and other athletic activities)
- Overpronation, a gait problem involving an inward rotation of the foot
- Flat arches
- Poorly constructed shoes, particularly in the area of the arch
- Rigid calf muscles
- Custom-crafted shoe inserts (orthotics) to correct gait problems and provide adequate support
- Stretching exercises, particularly for the feet and calves
- Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen
- Weight loss
- A change in footwear
- Splints (typically worn at night)
- Cortisone injections
- Shockwave treatment
- Endoscopic surgery
Are you dealing with heel pain? It could be plantar fasciitis.
Do you have heel pain that radiates from the bottom of the heel to the arches? Do you have significant, sharp heel pain when first arising in the morning? If you said yes then your heel pain could be due to an overuse injury known as plantar fasciitis, which causes inflammation in the thick bundle of tissue that runs from the toes to the heels. From our Boston area podiatrists at New England PodiatryAssociates in Chestnut Hill, Newton-Wellesley Hospital and serving patients in the entire Boston metro area, find out what you can do to treat plantar fasciitis-related heel pain.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This condition is one that affects a thick, fibrous band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. This tissue serves to support the arch of the foot and it connects the toes with the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis can be acute or chronic. Acute forms often come about suddenly and can be triggered by an injury or by an intense workout. Chronic forms, on the other hand, often develop over time as a result of overuse.
What are the telltale symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most obvious symptom of this condition is pain at the bottom of the heel, which may extend to the arches of the foot. While the pain may be mild, you may notice more severe pain when walking around first thing in the morning. Symptoms may ease up throughout the day but get worse by the evening. Your foot pain may also be accompanied by stiffness.
When should I see a doctor?
If the pain doesn’t get better within a week, or if symptoms get worse then it’s a good idea to see one of our Boston area foot specialists as soon as possible for an evaluation.
I have plantar fasciitis. Now what?
Treating plantar fasciitis can be simple. In fact, some people can treat their symptoms with easy, at-home care and proper rest. The best thing you can do is to stay off your foot as much as possible and to avoid any high-impact activities like running.
Stretching your foot through the day and even wearing a brace to help support the arches and alleviate pain can help manage yoursymptoms. If your condition doesn’t improve with traditional treatments, your podiatrist will discuss other treatment options such as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) to alleviate pain and inflammation.
New England Podiatry Associates has locations in Chestnut Hill, at the Newton-Wellesley Hospital, and serves patients in Boston, Metro West and North and South Shores. Whether you are dealing with symptoms of plantar fasciitis or other foot pain, we are available for consultation.
Your heel really hurts. More than soreness, you feel a sharp pain that radiates across the bottom of your foot. Most commonly, heel pain stems from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue which stretches from the heel bone to the toes. At New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill and Newton-Wellesley, MA, and serving patients in Boston, Metro West and North and South Shores, your team of highly-skilled podiatrists have heel pain treatment options that will get you some relief.
The origins of heel pain
Some heel pain does come from a fracture of the calcaneus, or heel bone. Alternatively, it could stem from a plantar wart on the heel or even from Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon at the back of the leg.
Heel pain symptoms can come from inflammatory plantar fasciitis. Due to overuse (from sports or work), flat arches, poor support from shoes or flat feet, plantar fasciitis can be debilitating. Pain is at worst in the morning and can continue all day. Additionally, people with plantar fasciitis may have a small bony projection, called a heel spur, off the front of the calcaneus.
Heel pain treatment in Chestnut Hill, Newton-Wellesley, and the Boston area
You have options, with the help of the foot doctors at New England Podiatry. A simple physical examination of your foot and digital X-rays tells the podiatrist the nature of your problem.
Your podiatrist normally recommends prudent lifestyle strategies to control the inflammation and discomfort from this condition.
These interventions include:
- Losing weight
- Wearing quality shoes with good arch support
- Over-the-counter analgesics
- Stretching exercises, to be performed particularly in the morning
- Custom-made shoe orthotics
- Posterior night splints worn while you sleep to support the Achilles tendon
- Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation
- Physical therapy
Over time, most patients find relief from their heel pain. In resistant cases, non-invasive Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy and surgery may be considered.
What about your heel pain?
Don't suffer from persistent heel pain. Have it correctly diagnosed and treated at New England Podiatry. We have two offices in the Boston area to serve all your lower extremity needs. In Chestnut Hill, phone (617) 232-1752, or for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital office, call (617) 630-8280.
Heel pain affects many people at one time or another in their lives. Heel pain can make daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, painful and difficult. The good news is there are treatments for alleviating the pain and discomfort of heel pain. In the Boston, MA area, the podiatrists at New England Podiatry will diagnose the cause of your heel pain and develop an individualized treatment plan to minimize pain and heal your injury.
Causes and Types of Heel Pain
Heel pain often develops over time rather than suddenly following an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain. The development of heel pain is a gradual process resulting from repeated stress to the heel of the foot. Stress can be caused by an activity as simple as walking or one more strenuous, such as running, kickboxing and other high-impact movements.
Two of the most common types of heel pain are Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis, also called tendonitis, is associated with pain behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis is associated with pain on the bottom of the heel and can also lead to the development of heel spurs. A heel spur is the build up of calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel.
Treating Heel Pain
Different treatment methods are available for treating heel pain. The treatment your podiatrist recommends will depend on the cause of your heel pain. Treatment options include resting the heel, stretching, using orthotic foot supports, wearing supportive footwear, physical therapy or medications, such as corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory drugs. For those that don't respond to the previous treatments, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) may be prescribed. This procedure directs sounds waves at the affected area and stimulates a healing response. In some cases, foot surgery might be needed. For treatment of heel pain in the Boston area, visit New England Podiatry.
No matter what caused your heel pain, there are treatments that can provide relief. The podiatrists at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can treat your heel pain at either of their two convenient locations. To schedule an appointment at the Chestnut Hill office, call (617) 232-1752 or call (617) 630-8280 for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital location.
A few of the most common foot issues that podiatrists treat are bunions, toenail fungus and heel pain. These conditions are often embarrassing to deal with and can make it difficult to walk, exercise or complete your daily activities. If you have one or more of these foot issues, learn more about how a doctor at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can help.
A bunion develops when the big toe is constantly forced toward the other toes. The bone on the inside of the foot begins to project outward, causing a lump to form. Sometimes, this problem can be resolved by simply changing your shoe wear. Custom orthotics must be made to try to realign the foot. Ice therapy can reduce inflammation. In serious cases, a bunion can be surgically corrected with a procedure called a bunionectomy.
Many patients think that toenail fungus is just an inconvenience, but if it’s not treated it can develop into a problem that makes it difficult to walk and workout normally. Fungus forms around and under the bed of the toenail—it can cause the toenail to peel and crack. Luckily, this toe problem can be treated with the PinPointe Laser.
Pain in the heel is commonly related to a condition called plantar fasciitis. It’s an inflammation of the plantar fascia that extends from the toe to the heel. This can cause heel spurs (calcium growths) to form. This is a painful problem that can now be treated with a modern outpatient procedure called Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy. Many patients are back to work after just a week. Non-surgical remedies include orthotics, cortisone injections, physical therapy and shockwave therapy.
Getting Help with Your Foot Issues
No matter your foot issue, a podiatrist at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can help. Call today to schedule an examination and talk about your treatment options.