Posts for tag: Heel Pain
High-heeled shoes are becoming increasingly vilified for all the pain and discomfort they cause. In fact, they are even now being shunned by fashion houses in favor of strutting in luxury sneakers on the catwalk! Women have suffered from the ill effects of high heels for a long time, but the trends are finally leading to more sensible options that don’t cause heel pain and other painful conditions like corns, bunions, and ingrown toenails, just to name a few.
Some of the major foot issues caused by wearing high-heeled shoes include the following:
- Toe deformities—High heeled shoes compress your toes together, contributing to the formation of bunions, hammertoes, and mallet toes.
- Neuroma—Morton’s neuroma is one type of nerve condition that occurs near the ball of the foot. Having your toes scrunched together contributes to pressure on the nerve.
- Achilles tendon injury—Wearing high-heeled shoes also increases pressure on the back of the foot where the Achilles tendon inserts at the heel bone. This tendon can actually decrease in length from repeatedly wearing high-heeled shoes, contributing to Achilles tendonitis and the formation of heel spurs.
For those who insist on continuing to wear high heels, do so in moderation for special occasions and if required for work. Always carry a pair of comfortable shoes that you can quickly put on to give your feet a rest such as during your commute to work.
If you have foot problems caused by wearing high-heeled shoes, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Heel pain that is often most noticeable first thing in the morning is one of the telltale signs of plantar fasciitis. The symptoms may occur only occasionally in the beginning. But by continuing to perform the activity that causes the stress to the plantar fascia, the condition can become worse as the tiny tears get larger and the pain in the heel becomes debilitating.
While being on your feet all day may be unavoidable, there are ways to improve your foot support and mechanics to avoid the injury in the first place.
3 potential causes of plantar fasciitis that you can treat proactively include:
- Poorly fitting shoes and improper arch support—Wearing unsupportive shoes with improper arch support is one of the major contributors to developing this condition.
- Being overweight—Carrying extra pounds increases the pressure to the plantar fascia, especially when the arch isn’t properly supported.
- Calf muscle problems— High-heeled shoes contribute to a multitude of foot and ankle problems. These shoes cause the calf muscle to shorten and tighten which can lead to weakness in your plantar fascia. Try to limit the amount of time spent wearing pumps and other high heels, or better yet just stop wearing them altogether. Your feet will thank you.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis include:
- Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation
- Stretching and strengthening exercises for the calf muscles and Achilles tendon
- Being sure to wear properly-fitted shoes with good arch support
- Immobilizing the foot with a rigid boot while healing occurs may be necessary in severe cases
- Surgery may be required for serious tears to the plantar fascia.
If you are experiencing the arch and heel pain of plantar fasciitis, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Having pain in your heel when you first put weight on your foot at the beginning of your day or after a long time sitting in one place is an indication that you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis.
This foot condition is characterized by an inflammation of the connective tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia, as this tissue is called, helps to support your arch and provides the much needed cushioning and stress absorption your body needs. People who are on their feet all day for work and athletes who experience a lot of repetitive stress to their feet and ankles are more susceptible to this condition.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
- Back of the heel pain—A sharp, stabbing pain or something more dull and achy may be indicative of this condition.
- Inflammation in the arch—You may experience a burning sensation on the bottom of your foot that extends to the back of your heel.
- Foot stiffness—You may have problems bending your foot back and forth without pain and discomfort.
The best early treatments for plantar fasciitis include rest, icing, and stretching exercises. Medications such as Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help with any pain you have. Custom orthotic inserts may be suggested by your podiatrist to eliminate the pressure and redistribute weight to help support the heel.
Wearing properly fitted shoes, switching to low impact activities like cycling and swimming, and keeping your weight down will also contribute to healing. The benefits of physical therapy exercise to strengthen the muscles and increase flexibility in the tendons cannot be underestimated. Laser therapy can also help by increasing circulation, decreasing swelling, and speeding the healing response.
If you are experiencing the often unrelenting pain of plantar fasciitis, the help of your foot doctor is essential for the most efficacious treatment. Do not hesitate to consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Pain in the heel is often associated with plantar fasciitis, but it’s not the only possible cause of heel and arch pain. There are a variety of other conditions that can create a similar sensation in the foot but is caused by a totally different mechanism.
Three other possible sources of heel and arch pain:
Joint problems—Sometimes the cause of pain in the bottom of the foot or heel is caused by joint diseases such as arthritis. This pain can radiate to other areas of the foot and, without expert advice, may easily be misidentified as a soft tissue problem.
Soft tissue injuries—The ligaments, tendons, muscles and other softer tissues of the foot can become injured during while working out, causing an injury that mimics a plantar fascia injury. For example, the two peroneal tendons that run along the outside of the foot are sometimes the actual source of bottom-of-the-foot swelling and pain. A serious injury such as a torn ligament would require different treatment, and using the treatment for a plantar fascia injury can actually cause further damage.
Nerve disorders—Since problems with the functioning of nerves is an infrequent source of heel pain, it is often not considered. The stress and pressure that your feet absorb during exercise, along with improper gait mechanics and just normal aging, can adversely affect the peripheral nerves that run from the brain to your extremities.
Nerve related heel pain can be very similar to the pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, so it’s important to have a proper diagnosis by your foot care specialist in order to get the correct care. If you are experiencing heel pain and discomfort, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Early in the morning, you’re greeted by your buzzing alarm. You’re tired, you’re imagining the long list of tasks ahead of you, and you’re struggling not to hit “snooze”. Add to these feelings a burning, stabbing, or aching pain in your heel, and it’s easy to become overwhelmed before you even get out of bed.
Thankfully, there are plenty of heel pain relieving stretches you can do as soon as you wake up. Many can even be done from the comfort of your bed.
1. Stretch the arches of your feet.
This is a great stretch to begin your day because you can do it while flat on your back. First, wrap a towel around the front of your foot like a sling, leaving plenty of material to grip on either side. Lift your leg straight in the air, pulling the towel with both hands. Use the tension of the towel to stretch the ball of your foot and ankle.
In addition to exercising your feet, arch stretches stimulate your calf muscles and plantar fascia, or the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot, and a swollen or irritated band is often the cause of morning heel pain.
2. Curl your toes.
For this easy foot stretch, simply curl your toes downward as though you were trying to pick up a pencil with them. Repeat this stretch until you feel less tightness in your muscles, and the burning, stabbing, or aching pain begins to fade.
3. Roll a water bottle under your feet.
While sitting down, place a water bottle sideways on the floor, and slowly roll the bottle beneath your feet for 1-2 minutes. This exercise can be done with other rolling household items such as a rolling pin or tennis ball, but a water bottle works extra nicely because it can be frozen ahead of time. The cold from the bottle is great for swelling and inflammation.
While these simple stretches provide temporary relief, morning heel pain is often one of the first signs of plantar fasciitis. Heel pain may also be a sign of arthritis or tendonitis. Thus, it is important to schedule an appointment with a licensed foot doctor to diagnose and professionally treat your symptoms.
At Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC, our board certified podiatrists Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, and Dr. Yakov Haimof are dedicated to treating heel problems. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!