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By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
January 27, 2021
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: heel pain  

Suffering from Heel Pain?

If you spend long hours on your feet you know just how difficult heel pain can be. The problem with heel pain is that it can be exacerbated by walking for long periods and other related factors. You can often manage some of the symptoms at home with simple remedies, but for long-lasting relief, you can depend on your podiatrist. To learn more, reach out to the professionals of the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX.

Plantar Fasciitis

A very common cause for heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects the thick ligament that runs across the bottom of your feet. The pain is most pronounced upon waking and after periods of rest. Walking around, stretching it, can often ease the discomfort but it often returns.

The most common causes relate to the structure of your foot, primarily the arches. If the shoes you wear do not support them it can exacerbate your symptoms. So does anything that puts further strain on them, such as working on your feet for long hours on flat surfaces and obesity and overuse.

Heel Pain Treatment in McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX

Over the counter medication can help with the inflammation. As well as applying ice, though making sure not to have it make direct contact with the skin.

Stretching exercises can provide further relief, specifically those that stretch the calf muscles.

But during this time one of the most important things you can do is rest, especially when you first encounter the condition.

But if you see no improvement and if the pain is making difficult your everyday activities, it's time to contact your podiatrist.

They can prescribe custom orthotic devices to help properly support your arches, night splints to stretch the fascia as you sleep, and possibly corticosteroid injections, but everything depends on your specific situation.

So come into the office to find out how your podiatrist can help you find relief from heel pain. Make an appointment today with the experts of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX, by dialing (972) 542-2155.

If you're a runner, it goes without saying that your feet take the brunt of the punishment. In fact, for runners the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body. Luckily, both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by paying extra attention to their feet and taking steps to prevent common foot problems. Poor fitting footwear is often the source of many foot problems caused by running. A visit to our practice can help you determine the best shoes for your foot structure. and treatment and prevention of Blisters.

A Runner's Roadblock:While many running-related foot injuries can result from a fall or twisted ankle, most running injuries are caused by overuse, meaning the majority of runners experience foot and ankle pain because they do too much for too long. Runners should be aware of the signs of foot problems that can slow them down if not treated promptly. Common foot and ankle injuries experienced by runners include:

Blisters: Blisters are typically caused by excess friction+sheer. Certain socks can add to blister formation, ill fitting shoes and biomecanics can also contribute. Treatment and prevention can include: topical treatments like moleskin and emollients, change in socks or sneakers and inserts with accomodative or offloading pads. 

Achilles Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis and other calf-related injuries are prevalent in runners. Poor training, overuse and improper footwear are the three most common reasons for this condition. A sudden increase in distance or pace can strain the muscles and tendons in the foot and ankle, causing small tears within these structures that result in pain and inflammation. Appropriate shoes and training are the most important steps to preventing Achilles tendonitis. Conservative treatment includes rest, ice, stretching and sometimes orthotics or physical therapy.

Heel Pain: Runners develop heel pain more than any other foot-related injury. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, the result of placing excessive stress on the ligament in the bottom of the foot. Rest, stretching and support are the best ways to ease the pain and inflammation. Reduce your mileage and avoid hill and speed workouts. Stretch before and after you run, and ice your heel after each workout. Special splints and shoe inserts from our practice may also provide support and relief for your heel pain.

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are small cracks in the surface of a bone. Runners generally notice gradual muscle soreness, stiffness and pain on the affected bone, most often in the lower leg or the foot. Early diagnosis is critical, as a small fracture can spread and eventually become a complete fracture of the bone. Stress fractures are typically caused by increasing training more quickly than the body's ability to build up and strengthen the bone.

If you have symptoms of a stress fracture, you should stop running immediately and see a podiatrist. This injury can keep a runner off the track for several weeks, and is not an injury that you can run through. Depending on the severity of the stress fracture, a cast may be necessary.

If you experience chronic foot pain from running, make an appointment with a podiatrist. Leaving foot injuries untreated could result in more serious conditions, ultimately keeping you from your best performance. Keep in mind that these are not the only foot ailments caused by running, and when at-home foot care isn't effective, you'll need to be evaluated by a podiatrist. As in most cases, prevention is the best medicine. Good footwear, proper training and recognizing a problem before it becomes serious are your keys to staying on the road and avoiding foot injuries.

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Advanced Foot & Ankle

972.542.2155

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
September 15, 2020
Category: Foot Issues
Common Foot and Ankle Injuries And How a Podiatrist Can HelpFoot and ankle injuries are fairly common and can happen to anyone, not just athletes. While minor strains and sprains can be nursed back to health by simply resting and icing your injury, it’s important to be able to discern when you need to see a podiatrist for care. Put your feet up and check out these signs that it might be time to schedule a podiatry appointment.

You are dealing with persistent heel pain

Heel pain is a common complaint and most often the result of an overuse injury such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. The good news is that heel pain will usually go away on its own with rest and home care; however, if the heel pain is severe or persists for weeks without getting better than it’s time to see a podiatrist and find out what’s going on.

You’re dealing with a sprained or fractured foot

If you are dealing with a new foot and ankle injury that you’ve never experienced before, then it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who will be able to examine it to determine the extent and severity of the sprain or break. Since untreated or improperly treated injuries can lead to long-term foot and ankle pain and instability, it’s a good idea to get proper podiatry care when you sustain an injury.

You have been diagnosed with diabetes

People with diabetes know that they are also at an increased risk for other foot-related complications including neuropathy, ulcers, and infections. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it’s a good idea to have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care, especially when problems arise. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, you should still see your podiatrist once a year for a routine checkup.

You’re dealing with regular joint pain and stiffness

While there are many reasons why someone may deal with a bout of joint pain, if this is a persistent problem, you may be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis is progressive, it’s important to diagnose this problem early when medications and treatments can help to slow the progression of joint damage.

If you are experiencing a foot or ankle injury or experiencing symptoms that have you concerned, it’s best to consult foot care professionals for comprehensive podiatry care.
By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
September 04, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain can make it difficult to perform daily activities, such as walking or even standing for too long. Heel pain is often due to a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Without treatment, the pain caused by this condition can become progressively worse over time. Several treatment options are available for alleviating pain and discomfort caused by plantar fasciitis. Our experienced team of podiatrists can develop an individualized treatment plan for your heel pain at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX.

Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

One of the most common causes of heel pain is a foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. There is a band of tissues known as the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar Fasciitis can develop when this band of tissues becomes inflamed.

Individuals who overpronate when stepping is more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Overpronating happens when the foot rolls inward with each step. This motion causes the arch of the foot to flatten, which lengthens the band of plantar fascia tissues. As the tissues become overstretched, they can become inflamed. Pain can then develop in the heels and arches of the feet. Without treatment, heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis can worsen over time.

Treatments Options

Several options are available for treating heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Some things you can do for minor heel pain include resting the foot, and limiting physical activity until the pain subsides. Anti-inflammatory medications can also be helpful. Reducing inflammation can often lessen or eliminate associated pain. Wearing shoes with plenty of cushioning and support is also beneficial.

In cases of chronic or severe heel pain, medical treatment is best. The skilled podiatrists at our offices in Prosper and McKinney can help your heel pain by developing a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Some options for treating heel pain include:

  • Custom Orthotics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Padding and Strapping
  • Corticosteroids
  • Walking Cast
  • Night Splint

When other options have not completely resolved the problem, surgery is sometimes needed. Surgery can be beneficial when a faulty foot structure is contributing to ongoing heel pain. Surgery is also performed to remove painful heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that can develop on the bottom of the heel.

There are many things you can do to alleviate your heel pain. Schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists to discuss treatment options for your heel pain by calling Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney, TX at (972) 542-2155. Our office in Prosper, TX can also be reached by calling the same number.

By Advanced Foot and Ankle Center
February 19, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain is a common foot problem that podiatrists often treat. Knowing the cause of your pain is important in determining the most effective treatment method. Even if the pain heel painseems minor, it’s amazing how much it can affect your whole body, making it difficult to get out of bed let alone go on your regular run. If you are struggling with heel pain you might be dealing with a condition known as plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The source of your pain may originate in the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your feet. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you may feel pain in your heel. Of course, everything from wearing high heels to long runs can actually irritate and cause inflammation within the plantar fascia. When this happens this is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition is usually the result of overuse and repeated stress rather than an injury.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain that originates at the bottom of the heel below the heel bone. The pain may spread to the arches of the feet and may also be accompanied by stiffness. These symptoms are often exacerbated first thing in the morning or after long bouts of sitting or standing. Sometimes, light activity and exercise can momentarily lessen the pain.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

If you know that you have plantar fasciitis (perhaps you’ve had it before) then you know it’s important to rest, avoid physical activity, and take over-the-counter pain relievers. Of course, if you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s important to see a podiatrist to find out whether it’s plantar fasciitis or another condition such as heel spurs or Achilles tendonitis. A thorough evaluation from a medical professional is often necessary, especially if this is the first time dealing with heel pain.

Your podiatrist can also show you stretching and strengthening exercises that you can perform to help stretch the plantar fascia to reduce pain and discomfort. Some patients also choose to wear a night splint to reduce morning stiffness and arch pain.

If your symptoms aren’t being alleviated through conservative treatment methods or if you are experiencing chronic heel pain your podiatrist may recommend surgery.

If you are dealing with stubborn and painful heels turn to a podiatrist for a consultation.