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By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
May 07, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Although heel pain may be due to strain, long periods of standing, or ill-fitting shoes, it is sometimes also caused by an underlying condition. This is why you should not ignore it. Dr. Alan J. Discont is your podiatrist here at Family Foot and Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, and he can help treat your issue.

Common Causes of Heel Pain

  • Achilles Tendonitis: The Achilles tendon connects the heel to the lower calf muscle. This condition causes aching in the heel and pain that runs up the calf when walking or running. If left untreated, it can develop into a severe inflammatory condition.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: Common to runners and athletes, plantar fasciitis causes inflammation and soreness of the plantar fascia—the band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes. If you don’t want it to progress, this condition requires immediate treatment.
  • Bursitis: The fluid-filled sacs that surround your heel are called bursa. Their role is to lubricate your ankle joint. When they become inflamed, they cause pain and swelling in the heel and ankle. This condition can also cause a swelling on the back of your heel at the level of the upper rim of your shoe.
  • Stress Fractures: Runners and athletes are prone to stress fractures due to strenuous training and competition. Fractures most commonly occur in the toes and ankles and can cause heel pain.

Chandler residents who suffer from heel problems can talk to Dr. Discont about their symptoms and he will be able to provide appropriate treatment to alleviate their pain.

How to Avoid Heel Pain

You can reduce your risk of heel pain by:

  • Wearing comfortable shoes
  • Avoiding high heels
  • Not standing for long periods of time
  • Stretching your muscles before exercising
  • Maintaining a healthy weight

If you live in or around Chandler, AZ, and you are having difficulty standing or walking due to heel pain, call Dr. Discont at 480-732-0033 to schedule a consultation.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care PC
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.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • 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
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   heel spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
October 02, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Heel Pain  

The most commonly reported type of foot-related discomfort is heel pain according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. If you work on your feet or walk long distances each day, it can become more than just a minor nuisance. Heel pain can take you out of theHeel Pain game, literally, if you’re an athlete. The best way to deal with heel pain is to seek help from a foot doctor. Helpful treatments are available at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ.

What Causes Heel Pain?
Heel pain is often felt on the bottom of the back of the foot where the bone hits the ground when you walk. The heels can be aggravated by wearing shoes that don’t offer enough support to both the heel and the arch of the foot. Heel pain is often associated with a condition called plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the ligament that supports the bottom of the foot. Strain on the ligament causes irritation of the heel bone, which causes stinging or aching pain, and may also cause the development of bone spurs.

Heel Pain Treatments
One of the first treatments your Chandler, AZ podiatrist may suggest is time for your feet to rest. Heel pain will worsen if you continue your usual routine and activities without treatment. In addition to rest, these therapies may help:

- Custom orthotics that provide much-needed arch support.
- Anti-inflammatory medications for pain.
- Padding on the heel for cushioning to reduce the pain of calluses.
- Physical therapy for the feet.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT).

Stop Heel Pain Before It Starts
Because you use your feet so often, close to 5,000 steps per day on average according to a Stanford University study, you might not immediately recognize the stress you’re putting on them. Take these steps to stop heel pain before it starts:

- Examine the shoes that you wear on most days and consider if they may be causing heel pain.
- Give your feet of rest after a long day, stretching, massaging, and soaking them to rejuvenate them before the next day.
- Wear the custom orthotics created by your Chandler, AZ foot doctor every day, especially when you will be spending a lot of time on your feet.

Take Care of Your Feet 
Don’t let worsening heel pain stop you from carrying on with your normal activities and daily exercises. Call 480-732-0033 today to schedule an appointment at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ for a heel exam and treatment.