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Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis?
Heel pain is a common issue for many of the patients we see. If you are dealing with pain that originates from the bottom of the heel, then you could be dealing with an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. Read below to learn more about this problem, how to handle it, and when to see our podiatrist, Dr. William Sachs, in either his Toms River or Shrewsbury office.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This condition refers to an inflammation in the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia, which runs from the heels to the toes. Overuse can lead to overstretching, inflammation, and microtears in the fascia, which can result in heel pain.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most obvious sign of this foot problem is pain at the bottom of the heel that gets worse when first standing or moving around. Pain is often worse after prolonged periods of sitting or when first waking up in the morning. The heel pain may dissipate as you move around, as movement helps to move and stretch the inflamed tissue.
When should I see a podiatrist?
It’s a good idea to visit either one of our podiatry offices in Toms River or Shrewsbury if,
- Pain is persistent
- Pain is accompanied by swelling and redness
- Pain limits your daily activities
- Pain gets worse
- Pain doesn’t respond to at-home care
How do you treat heel pain?
Heel pain often responds well to simple at-home care and rest. Resting is important for allowing the inflamed tissue ample time to heal. Avoid high-impact activities and rest your feet whenever possible.
If you are on the move, it’s a good idea to consider wearing custom orthotics or shoe inserts when walking around. Orthotics can provide additional cushioning and support when in shoes. Also, make sure that you are wearing shoes that provide enough support for your feet. Icing the heel and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help target inflammation and pain. Taping the arches of the feet can also reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the overworked or stressed muscles of the feet.
Need treatment? Give us a call!
If heel pain is making it difficult to get around or if you’ve never dealt with heel pain before, it's time to call Adult and Child Footcare to schedule a consultation with podiatrist Dr. William Sachs. We have offices in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, to serve you better!
If you find yourself reaching back to grab the heel of your foot often when you sit down after a long day, you may have a heel pain issue that needs treatment from a podiatrist. That heel pain isn’t going to go away on its own—get help from a podiatrist at Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ.
Heel Pain Causes and Symptoms
The cause of your heel pain could be a foot condition, like flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis. It could also be caused by an unwanted growth on the heel bone (spur syndrome) or on the skin (calluses). Additional symptoms of heel pain may include:
- Swelling and redness.
- Sharp sensations of pain or dull aching.
- Feeling a bump or sore on the heel.
- Limping when you walk or noticing a change in your gait.
Ask Your Podiatrist for Help
Advanced foot therapies are available at Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River. Treatments for heel pain include:
- Custom orthotics that promote your arch, which can in turn help heal the plantar fascia ligament.
- Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, which uses your own blood to encourage healing in damaged tissue.
- Anti-inflammatory medications (oral, topical, or injected).
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy to treat persistent heel pain
- Surgery to remove heel spurs or repair the Achilles tendon.
Heel Pain Counseling
After your heel pain has finally subsided, you’ll want to take steps to prevent it from returning. Your podiatrist will counsel you on ways to reduce the chance of future heel problems. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Wear better shoes that fit comfortably. Avoid wearing high heels and flip-flops for long periods of time.
- Exercise and stretch your feet when you’re sitting down resting or at your desk.
- Wear an ankle brace when exercising, and use the custom orthotic devices prescribed by your foot doctor as suggested.
Relief for Your Feet
The podiatrists at Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ can help you get some much-needed relief for your feet. Call today to ask Dr. William Sachs about heel pain treatment options.
Your heels are essential to the proper functioning of your feet. The heel bone, also called the calcaneus, is the foundation of the back of the foot. When there’s intense heel pain, it can be a challenge to walk, jump or even stand in the normal course of a day. Find out how you can get relief from your heel pain with the help of your podiatrist Dr. William Sachs at Adult & Child Footcare in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ.
What Causes Heel Pain?
Most of the people who complain about heel pain are athletes and other people who have to spend a lot of time on their feet every day. Here are just a few of the potential causes of heel pain:
- Achilles tendinitis (a common complaint of patients who play sports).
- Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis (common in long-distance runners).
- Arthritis or bursitis (more common in older patients).
- Wearing bad shoes that irritate the heels.
- Obesity (putting too much weight on the feet).
- Heredity (patients can be genetically prone to heel problems).
Getting Relief from Heel Pain
Luckily, your Shrewsbury and Toms River podiatrist can help you get relief from your heel pain. Here are some common treatment options available at Adult & Child Footcare:
- Stretches and exercises designed to strengthen the heel.
- Anti-inflammatory medications to manage pain.
- Orthotics (devices that provide necessary support to the heel and relieve pain).
- Platelet Rich Plasma (patient’s platelets and white blood cells are injected into the irritated area to stimulate healing).
Preventing Future Heel Problems
After your heel pain goes away, the next goal is to ensure that it doesn’t return. Here are a few simple tips for how to prevent future problems with your heels:
- Only wear shoes that provide proper support to your heels. If you must wear high heels for an occasion, choose kitten heels over spiked heels or stilettos and take transportation to your destination.
- Wear your custom orthotics daily.
- Tape up or wrap your feet before practices and games as recommended by your podiatrist if you’re an athlete.
- Stretch your feet before participating in physical activity.
Call for a Heel Exam
Your Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ podiatrist Dr. William Sachs can recommend the treatment that will work best for your specific case of heel pain. Call Adult & Child Footcare today to schedule an appointment.