We will help you understand all about proper foot care, treatment options, and different foot problems.
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Do I Need Surgery for My Heel pain?
Heel pain is a major life changer. It can keep you from doing what you love- activities, hobbies, vacations, even your job can be affected. While it can be very frustrating, surgery is always our last option for treating heel pain.
Heel pain is usually caused by plantar fasciitis. This is when the plantar fascia, which is the band that runs from your toes to your heel, becomes inflamed. Heel pain is caused by many factors including weight gain, increased activity and ill-fitting shoes.Treatment is designed to reduce inflammation and offloading the tendon.
Treatments can include
1. Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy
2. Laser Therapy
4. Physical Therapy
Heel pain will usually only get worse without treatment. The sooner you are treated, the better your chances are for a faster, conservative treatment.
What Causes a Bone Spur?
A bone spur is the result of your body trying to repair itself, it's a defense mechanism. A bone spur develops when the body is trying to an injury by building up calcium deposits. A main cause of a bone spur is osteoarthritis. Another causing factor are activities that add extra stress to the feet. Bone spurs are common in athletes and dancers. In addition, plantar fasciitis can cause bone spurs when the foot tries to repair itself from the extra strain. Wearing shoes that are too tight can also result in bone spurs.
Treatment options generally start conservatively. Proper shoes, orthotics or shoes inserts, and stretching exercises are the best way to start treating a bone spur. In extreme cases, surgery may be needed.
How Can I Relieve My Heel Pain Now?
If you are suffering from heel pain and are searching for an immediate relief, we can help! There are a few treatment options that can help end your heel pain instantly. For many a steroid injection, Cortisone injection, can give patients immediate pain relief from heel pain. The injection delivers a numbing agent that provides long term pain relief.
In addition, simple stretching exercises may be able to end your pain immediately. Although you will receive the best results after continuous practice of the stretching exercises, starting a routine may be able to give you instant, temporary relief.
Cryotherapy and laser therapy are also great treatments that can provide immediate pain relief from heel pain. They are boh painless and can be done right in our office. The effects of these treatments are long lasting. Laser therapy is non invasive, does not require any needles, and is completely painless. Cryotherapy is also painless.
At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, we understand that heel pain can be just that painful! It can also interfere with your lifestyle. People who work on their feet, servers, airline attendants, teachers and many more suffer everyday from their heel pain. Getting treated can be easy, painless, and effective at ending your heel pain and keeping you on your feet!
Call our office to get your immediate relief!
What are Lynco Shoe Inserts?
There are two types of orthotics- custom and prefabricated or over the counter. Both are designed to support the foot and correct any biomechanical problems. However, the difference between custom and prefabricated is that the Lynco orthotics come based on shoe sizes while custom orthotics are molded to fit your specific foot.
To get the most from your orthotics, we recommend getting custom orthotics because they are specifically made for your individual foot and not just your foot type. However, Lyncos can provide some great relief, as well. Lyncos are recommended as a back up insert to custom orthotics.
Furthermore, prefabricated inserts can be a good option when you are in between sizes. If you are pregnant, for example, Lyncos inserts can be used while your foot is larger than normal and a custom made orthotic can be made once you have the baby.
While custom orthotics are typically the best option, there is a place for over the counter, prefabricated inserts, as well. Talk to your doctor about your specific needs and uses to make the best decision based on your needs.
What is This Pain on the Bottom of My Foot?
If you feel a dull ache, especially when getting out of bed in the morning, or when getting up after sitting for a period of time during the day, you most likely have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar Faciitis can be caused by several reasons. Recent weight gain and increased activity level often start an episode. Even a drastic change of footwear such as going from athletics sneakers to flip flops can cause this condition. When the arch of the foot collapses or flattens, the Plantar Fascia is stretched, causing the injury where it attaches to the heel bone. Lastly, generalized increased inflammation can lead to this such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
At Family Foot & Ankle Specialists we have several different conservative treatment options to help alleviate this pain!
How Often Will My Doctor Check My Orthotics?
Your orthotics can change shape over time, and if they do, they will affect your gait. This can lead to a return of a previous problem, or even can cause a new one. The bottom of the orthotic has a heel, which we call a post. This post is angled in a certain way to correct your gait. The post can wear down, and if this happens, the doctor can fix it in a matter of minutes. This simple,15 minute appointment can save you from further problems.
Our doctors will check your orthotics soon after you recieve them to make sure they are working effectively and fitting properly. After that, we will continue to monitor your orthotics to make sure they are not wearing in way that can negatively effect your feet. Your doctor will determine when you should come in to have them checked.
I have been wearing my orthotics and I feel 100% better. Do I still need to wear them?
The short answer is yes. So, the reason you got orthotics in the first place, is to realign the feet in its proper position. This is a position where all the bones and joints are in alignment. Most foot problems are due to biomechanical disturbances. This means that when you walk, your feet move out of position and move too much in one direction.
This leads to numerous foot problems with some of the common ones being tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, neuromas, bunions, and hammertoes. Once you stop wearing the orthotics, the foot will go back to its abnormal position. This is like eyeglasses. If you stop wearing your glasses, you will not be able to see. You notice it immediately. However, with orthotics, it might take weeks to months before you notice any problems from not wearing them.
Thus, we suggest you continue to wear your custom inserts in the type of shoes they were made for. Orthotics commonly last 3-5 years, so if your inserts are around that age or older, it is best for you to come in and get them evaluated.
Why Do I Have Heel Pain in the Morning?
Heel pain in the morning is very common. It is usually caused because the foot has been resting for an extended period of time so the ligaments and tendons become tight and rigid. There are many foot problems that can cause this problem, most commonly heel pain.
Once you get up and step out of bed, the ligaments are stretched out fast and become very painful. The best way to help this problem is to do heel stretches, discuss injections with your doctor, and wear orthotics to help support the foot. If you ar experiencing heel pain in the morning, you should see a doctor, as this could mean more serious underlying problems.
What is the Difference Bewtween Custom and Prefabricated Orthotics?
There are two common types of orthotics- custom and prefabricated. Custom orthotics are molded to fit the exact shape, size and width of your feet. They are specifically designed to match your foot. We take exact images of your feet in order to make the custom shapes. These inserts can last anywhere from 10 years to a lifetime.
The prefabricated orthotics are over the counter devices, called lyncos. They come in different shapes and sizes, so we are able to match the best one to your foot type, but it is not exact. They are effective and affordable. They last any where from 6 months to a year.
Orthotics treat many common foot conditions including heel pain, flat feet, ankle instability and more. To learn more, call to schedule a free foot exam with our Certified Pedorthist.
Can Weight Gain Cause Foot Problems?
Yes, weight gain can effect your feet and lead to foot pain. In addition to foot pain, weight gain can also lead to leg, knee and back pain. The pressure put on feet from excess weight will put a lot of pressure on your feet and heels, as well as cause your arch to collapse. If you are aving any foot pain it is highly recommended you see a podiatrist.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)?
There is a tight ligament (band of fibrous tissue) that stretches across the arch, from the ball of the foot to the heel bone, called the Plantar Fascia. When we walk, our feet have a tendency to roll inward, toward each other, in a motion that we call pronation. When feet pronate, they flatten, stretch out and the arch elongates. This causes excessive pulling on the Plantar Fascia ligament and attachment of the ligament to the heel bone begins to separate. An injury occurs where the ligament progressively tears off of the heel, fiber by fiber.
There are a few causes to this painful conditition:
1. Recent weight gain
2. Increased actitivity level
3. A change of shoes
4. Fallen arches- when the arch of the foot begins to fall
6. Thinning of the Heel Fat Pad
What is a Heel Spur?
Heel spurs are growths of bone on the underside, forepart of the heel bone. Heel spurs occur when the plantar tendon pulls at its attachment to the heel bone. This area of the heel can later calcify to form a spur. With proper warm-up and the use of appropriate athletic shoes, strain to the ligament can be reduced.
If you have pain in your heels that isn't going away, you should see a podiatrist. The longer you wait to be treated, the longer your healing process. Treatment can usually be noninvasive and painless if it is caught in the early stages.
What is Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)?
Plantar fasciitis is usually caused by an inflammation to the tendon on the bottom of the foot. This is usually caused by over use, starting a new activity or spending a lot of time walking. Also, recent weight gain, a change of shoes, or an injury to the foot can cause heel pain.
Most people will experience the most pain as soon as they take their first few steps in the morning. The pain can increase throughout the day. Treatment for heel pain will vary on the severity level of pain and the exact cause of pain. Injections, orthotics and surgery are all possibilities. You should see a doctor before the problem worsens.