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If heel pain is dictating how you live your life, we are here to help.
Heel pain, it really is a nuisance. It makes it difficult just to get around and run errands let alone enjoy your normal workout. Fortunately, you’ll be happy to hear that heel pain often goes away on its own if you ease off the foot and give it a chance to heal. Of course, in some situations, heel pain doesn’t get better. This is when our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy can help.
What can cause heel pain?
Heel pain is often the result of plantar fasciitis, a condition that results in inflammation of the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel). Plantar fascia is an overuse injury, which means that it often comes about gradually. This can often occur if you suddenly increase the intensity of a run or workout without slowly working up to it.
Other causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spurs
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fracture
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you’ve experienced heel pain before then you probably know how to best treat your symptoms until the problem goes away. Of course, if your symptoms are severe or don’t ease up after a few weeks of care then it’s time to visit our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, foot doctors to find out how to treat your heel pain. Sometimes heel pain can be recurring or chronic, so it’s important to have the issue evaluated as soon as possible.
How is heel pain treated?
There are several ways in which to ease your symptoms until the condition heals itself. Try some of these simple at-home treatments:
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers
- Ice the heel for 15 minutes at a time 3 times a day
- Rest and avoid certain activities
- Wear compression or supportive socks to reduce swelling
- Consider a night splint
- Wear proper footwear
If at-home care doesn’t help then it’s time to talk to a podiatrist about other more aggressive techniques such as shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections to ease symptoms and to promote healing.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has four locations in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, to ensure that everyone is able to get the proper foot and ankle care they need. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care, give us a call today.
Don’t let plantar fasciitis have the final say when it comes to your foot health.
Are you a runner who is currently dealing with heel pain? Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner, you may still experience heel pain at some point during your lifetime. After all, there are many risk factors and situations that can occur that can lead to inflammation and swelling of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet. If you are dealing with heel pain, our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to tell you what might be going on and what your treatment options are.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This foot condition is one of the most common causes of heel pain; fortunately, in some cases, it can be managed with simple at-home care prescribed by our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, foot doctor. This problem leads to microtears and inflammation within the plantar fascia, resulting in heel and even arch pain.
If you have plantar fasciitis you may notice that your heel pain is at its worst when you first wake up in the morning but may subside throughout the day as you continue to move around. You may be tempted to get your jog or run in, particularly if symptoms let up, but you may find that intense pain comes back immediately after working out. This is another warning sign that you might have plantar fasciitis.
How do you treat plantar fasciitis?
The best thing you can do is to provide your foot with the care and rest it needs to heal quickly. Of course, the goal of at-home care is to reduce your symptoms, which can be done by:
- Avoiding exercise or high-impact activities
- Wearing supportive shoes
- Resting the foot as much as possible
- Splinting or bracing the foot, particularly while you sleep
- Using shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide additional support when walking
- Stretching the foot and performing therapeutic foot exercises
Sometimes plantar fasciitis can become rather persistent or severe and at-home care just isn’t enough. When this happens you can turn to our foot and ankle specialists for more advanced treatment options such as corticosteroid injections, non-invasive Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy or surgery (in rare cases).
Don’t let heel pain bench you. Get back in the game when you turn to our foot and ankle specialists. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has been providing quality foot care to the Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas for over 40 years. Call us today to find out how we can help you.
Your heels provide you with invaluable support and flexibility for walking, running, and maneuvering. But when they start to hurt, all you may want to do is have a seat. Understand some of the most common causes of heel pain so that you can get back to your normal activities. A podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington, MD can help you figure out the cause and treat your feet.
The most common cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. It is inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue under your foot caused by too much pressure. Some patients wonder how irritated tissue that runs under the foot can cause the heels to hurt. This is because the plantar fascia ligament connects the heel bone to the front of the foot. The pain can be felt at the base of the heel.
Flat Feet and Heel Spurs
Patients who have flat feet are also more likely to have issues with plantar fasciitis and heel pain. The formation of small bone spurs on the bottom of the heel (heel spurs) may also contribute to discomfort. They are also common in people who have plantar fasciitis. Your Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington can treat these problems with orthotics, physical therapy, and Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT).
Haglund's Deformity and Calluses
Women who wear fashionable but poorly designed high heels are at a higher risk of developing Haglund's Deformity, which can cause heel pain. The heel swells and a bump starts to form. As the bump grows, it can also cause problems with the Achilles tendon. If you have ever purchased a pair of shoes that was a half a size too small, that decision could also be contributing to heel pain. As shoes that are too tight squeeze and rub up against the back of the heel, calluses and sores develop.
Ask a Foot Doctor About Heel Treatments
If you are currently managing heel pain that won't go away, seek help from a podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton, and Kensington, MD. Call today to schedule a time and date to visit Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy.
Heel pain doesn't only occur after you've fallen or been in an accident. Sometimes, pain can seem to occur for no obvious reason. The foot doctors at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton and Kensington, MD, discuss common heel pain causes and share treatment options.
A stone bruise
Metatarsalgia, commonly known as a stone bruise, can affect the ball of your foot or your heel. The pain occurs when the fat pad that cushions your heel becomes bruised because you stepped on a hard object or put too much pressure on your heel due to worn out or poorly fitting running or walking shoes.
Overuse injuries are a common cause of heel pain. Pain develops when you decide it's time to get healthy and jump right into an ambitious work out schedule or increase the intensity or duration of your usual workout. Because these conditions don't occur as result of a dramatic injury, you may be unaware of the cause. Overuse injuries can cause a variety of conditions, including:
- Retrocalcaneal Bursitis: The back of your heel is cushioned by a small, fluid-filled sac. Thanks to this sac, your Achilles tendon can glide over your heel bone easily. An overuse injury can cause the bursa to become inflamed, resulting in pain when you walk, run or move your foot up and down.
- Achilles Tendinitis: Achilles tendinitis occurs when your Achilles tendon becomes inflamed. Although an overuse injury may be to blame for the condition, your risk of developing Achilles tendinitis rises with age. Tight calf muscles and flat feet may also increase your risk. In some cases, you may have both Achilles tendinitis and retrocalcaneal bursitis.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis can be caused by an overuse injury, but has other risk factors. You're more likely to develop it if you're over 40, stand for long periods of time or have diabetes. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that joins your heel to your toes, becomes inflamed.
Easing the pain
Ice, rest and over-the-counter pain medications are often all you need to relieve heel pain. If your pain continues for more than a week or two or is severe, schedule an appointment in our Olney, Silver Spring, Clinton or Kensington office. Although your treatment plan will depend on your condition, you may benefit from physical therapy, orthotics, corticosteroid injections, or shockwave therapy or other treatments.
Stop your heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with the foot doctors at Family Foot & Ankle by calling (301) 924-5044 for the Olney office; (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring office; (301) 868-7670 for the Clinton office; or (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.
Don’t let heel pain get the better of you. Find out how to manage your symptoms.
Dealing with heel pain can be really frustrating. Not everyone understands what might be causing their symptoms and what can be done to manage the issue until the foot heals completely. Our Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD, podiatrists offer up some simple yet often effective ways to manage your symptoms to reduce pain and discomfort.
The First Course of Action
You’ll be happy to hear that most people are able to effectively treat their heel pain from the comfort of their own home with these simple, non-invasive options:
- Using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Icing the heel for anywhere from to 10 to 20 minutes several times a day, particularly for the first few days following an injury
- Conversely, soaking the heel in a warm bath, which also alleviates discomfort if ice isn’t doing the trick
- Avoid certain high-impact activities such as running or contact sports. If you want to continue exercising, opt for low-impact options such as swimming or a stationary bike.
- Perform stretching and strengthening exercises a couple times a day to ease your pain
- Only wear shoes that offer ample cushioning, support and shock absorption
Handling More Serious Heel Pain
If your heel pain persists for over a week or progressively gets worse even with these treatment options, then it’s time to call our Clinton, MD, foot doctor. In more severe or persistent cases, heel pain may be treated with more aggressive measures such as steroid injections, shockwave therapy, laser therapy or surgery.
Do you have questions about your heel pain and how to treat it? Are your at-home treatments not offering you the relief you want? Then call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington and Clinton, MD to get on the books! Let’s get to the bottom of your heel pain.