Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis
Your arch is quite durable since it effectively supports your entire body weight. However, the arch is also quite fragile and susceptible to a variety of painful problems due to all the stress and pressure that it absorbs. Having untreated flat feet can be a major contributor to arch pain.
Your arch is actually made up of three segments, two that are longitudinal and one that goes across the width of your foot. Many other ligaments, tendons, and muscles have to work together every time you take a step, creating multiple opportunities for injury to occur.
Some common causes of arch pain include the following:
- Poorly-supporting footwear—Having poor arch support in your footwear puts too much stress on the arch. Make sure you wear properly-fitted shoes with the correct arch support for your foot type. Your foot doctor can perform a computerized gait analysis to determine the optimum support for your feet. Custom orthotic inserts may also be needed.
- Plantar fasciitis—This is an arch condition that is often associated with radiating heel pain. The initial inflammation occurs in the plantar fascia which is the name of the tissue that makes up your arch. The spot where the plantar fascia connects to the heel bone is often the site of a possibly painful heel spur.
- Excess weight and pressure—Being overweight puts extra stress and pressure on your feet, and if you add walking on hard surfaces for your job you are more likely to experience arch problems. If you participate in exercise and sports that involve a lot of running and jumping, you may also experience arch pain.
A variety of other conditions can cause arch pain, which is why you need to see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment.
If you are having pain in your arches, 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!
Participating in ballet or modern dance puts an enormous amount of pressure and stress on the feet and ankles to produce all that graceful, fluid motion. So it is not very surprising that dancers are frequently seen in the podiatrist’s office for treatment of skin conditions and a variety of foot and ankle injuries and deformities.
Some of the injuries and problems often experienced by dancers include the following:
- Fractures and other injuries—All the leaping and twirling often leads to falls and accidents which can cause sudden injuries like ankle sprains and bone fractures. Stress fractures can develop over time from all the continuous pounding. These can be very painful and difficult to treat. Plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and tendonitis are also very common in dancers.
- Blisters and other skin conditions—The ballet slippers, dance heels, and pointe shoes that dancers wear can cause continuous irritation. This can result in blisters, corns, and calluses on the ankles, feet and toes. Care and isolation of these injuries with padding and orthotic inserts can help avoid complications such as bacterial or fungal nail infections.
- A high prevalence of toe deformities—Deformed toenails, hammertoes, and bunions are a frequent occurrence in dancers. These occur because of the concentrated weight and pressure that pushes on their feet in tightly-fitting footwear.
To decrease the dangers of foot injuries while dancing and to help prevent future foot and ankle problems, it is essential for dancers to work closely with their foot care professional for the proper diagnoses and for ongoing preventive treatment. 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!
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!
Peroneal tendonitis is one of the less common causes of potentially debilitating pain in the arch and on the outside of the foot. The peroneus longus and the peroneus brevis are the two tendons that support the side of the foot. These tendons then go on to make their connection to the muscles in the lower part of the leg.
The radiating arch pain of peroneal tendonitis has symptoms that are similar to the pain caused by plantar fasciitis, but the treatments for these two conditions are quite different. In fact, peroneal tendons heal rather rapidly when the source of the stress is removed, unlike the plantar fascia which can take weeks to rebound after a serious injury.
Your peroneal tendons are instrumental for providing ankle stability and for allowing your foot to roll out. They also play a role in the formation of the arch.
Initial symptoms will be severe pain and tenderness along the tendons on the outside of your foot, especially during exercise or when you try to roll your foot on the outer edge.
Some treatment options for peroneal tendonitis include:
● Resting, icing, and elevating the foot
● Stretching and flexing the foot and the calf muscles
● Balance improvement exercises
● Ultrasound healing
Be sure to see your podiatrist for proper custom-made arch supports and shoe inserts. Store-bought supports may not properly shift the pressure off the side of the foot and will merely exacerbate the problem.
If you have pain on the side of your foot, 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!
The wide, thick, fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot can become stressed and inflamed causing considerable pain and discomfort. This heel pain condition is known as plantar fasciitis. The most common early indication of plantar fasciitis is pain in back of the heel that is most noticeable when you first arise after sleeping.
Often these symptoms occur sporadically, so you may not think anything serious is happening, but the repeated stress can cause tiny tears to develop. These tears will cause increased pain and may require treatment from your podiatrist for proper healing to occur.
Causes of plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is usually the result of having one or more of the following issues:
- Improper footwear—Shoes with improper arch support which can cause overstretching or the plantar fascia.
- Obesity—Excess weight puts stress on the arch.
- Flat feet—Having flat feet or fallen arches makes you more susceptible to developing plantar fasciitis.
- Excess stress—People who spend a lot of time on their feet for work or sporting activities are more likely to strain ligaments and tendons, including the plantar fascia.
Treatments for plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is best treated when it is caught in the beginning stages. Treatments may include:
- RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation)
- Calf muscle and Achilles tendon stretches
- Wearing shoes with good arch support
- Immobilizing boot or night splints
Strength and flexibility exercises will be needed after the initial healing phase is completed.
If you have been suffering from heel pain, 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!