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!
Bunions cause discomfort and pain for many adults, often becoming inflamed and irritated throughout the day as they rub against the inside of your shoes. Simply standing or walking around can be uncomfortable when you have a bunion! The good news is that you don't have to suffer anymore—if you are struggling with bunions, we can help! At Adult & Child Footcare in both Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ, Dr. William Sachs is your podiatrist for bunion treatment.
How Bunions Develop
Bunions develop when the joint of the big toe moves out of place, shifting toward the other toes. This, in turn, pushes the bone on the big toe side of the foot outward, forming a protrusion called a bunion. Since bunions protrude outward, they readily rub against the inside of the shoes, resulting in friction, inflammation, and irritation, which can cause significant pain and discomfort that grows progressively worse throughout the day.
Treatments for Bunions
There are several different ways that we treat bunions here at our Toms River and Shrewsbury offices. Some treatment methods work by cushioning the bunion to minimize friction when wearing footwear. Minimizing friction helps prevent inflammation and irritation of the bunion area, which can ultimately alleviate pain and discomfort. Other treatment methods involve realigning the toe joint, which can improve functionality. In more serious cases, a podiatrist can surgically remove the bunion. Some of the other methods for treating bunions at Adult & Child Footcare include:
- Wearing roomier footwear that fits properly
- Stabilizing the toe joint with orthotic shoe inserts
- Improving joint functionality with foot exercises
- Reducing friction with protective padding to cushion the foot
- Realigning the toe joint with a splint worn at night
- Surgically removing the bunion
Give Us a Call!
Help is available if you are struggling with bunions, as our podiatrists can recommend an effective treatment approach for providing relief from the pain and discomfort associated with the condition. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Sachs by calling Adult & Child Footcare: (732) 255-7070 for the Toms River office or call (732) 389-2555 for the Shrewsbury location.
You're an active athlete--running, playing tennis, and yes, taking ballroom dance lessons. The exercise benefits your muscles and cardiovascular health, but your feet and ankles take a beating. At Adult & Child Footcare, your Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ podiatrist, Dr. William Sachs, provides the education, diagnosis and treatment you need to keep that dance and sports regimen going strong.
What causes an injury?
Most often dance and sports injuries are sudden twists of the foot and ankle, typically resulting in a lateral ankle sprain. This injury usually is self-limiting and heals well without surgery.
Other injuries come from overuse or stress. For instance, a dancer's fracture may results from repeated and awkward landing on the fifth metatarsal bone.
Plantar fasciitis is a good example, as well. For instance, when runners overpronate or roll a foot inward over and over again, the connective tissue running across the bottom of the foot stretches. This plantar fascia causes considerable pain, and sometimes, immobility or bone spurs on the heel.
Achilles tendinitis is common with athletes and dancers. The large, cord-like tendon running from the heel to the calf muscle is overstretched, can cause tremendous stiffness and discomfort.
As you can see, simple wear and tear, foot positions (as are common in dance, says the American Podiatric Medical Association) and quick, twisting movements precipitate many feet and ankle issues. Your Toms River and Shrewsbury podiatrist has seen them all, and he can help.
Prevention is best
Of course, if you experience an escalation in pain or soreness or suffer a sudden sports or dance injury, call Adult & Child Footcare right away. Dr. Sachs and his staff see patients with severe injuries right away, employing physical examination and digital X-ray imaging to diagnose the problem.
More importantly, Dr. Sachs teaches sports enthusiasts and dancers how best to avoid injury in the first place and what to do right away when the unexpected happens.
First aid for a foot or ankle injury includes:
- Compression (with an elastic bandage)
- Elevation (above your heart level)
Prevention of foot and ankle injuries include:
- Staying in good physical condition
- Sufficient warm-ups and time to stretch
- Supportive footwear
- Custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics, for gait problems such as overpronation or continuing problems such as bunions
- No overtraining (love your sport, but don't overdo it)
Come see us
If you have any concerns about your foot and ankle health, call one of our convenient offices. Dr. Sachs and his staff are known for their accurate and kind care. They can help you feel better. In Toms River, phone (732) 255-7070. In Shrewsbury, call us at (732) 289-2555.
What is a common foot condition that causes pain and embarrassment to those that have it? Besides toenail fungus, it's probably a pesky and uncomfortable bunion, a reddened bump at the base of the big toe. Causing friction, pain, and limited mobility, a severe bunion impacts activities of daily living. For relief, see Dr. William Sachs for the most up to date treatment of these painful bunions at Adults & Child Footcare in Toms River and Shrewsbury, NJ.
The details on bunions
Many factors lead to bunion development. You can easily modify one factor: it's your choice of shoes. Narrow-toed shoes with high heels place undue pressure on the toes and forefoot, causing bunions.
Additionally, simply standing on your feet for long periods of time, being overweight or having a familial pre-disposition for bunions contributes to the pain, soreness, friction, corns, and calluses typical of Hallux Valgus (the scientific name for bunions). Are you over 65? Then, your age probably contributed to your bunion.
Is surgery necessary?
Bunion surgery will correct this painful deformity. This procedure removes the bony bump and re-positions the toe in correct alignment.
Before considering surgery, there are other less invasive measures you can try. They may include:
- Shoe padding to reduce friction, redness, and soreness
- A change in footwear to shoes with more room in the toes, lower heels (no higher than 2-1/2 inches, says the American Podiatric Medical Association) and better arch support
- Splints (worn at night and usually helpful to adolescents)
- Custom-made shoe orthotics, or inserts, to improve balance and gait
- In-office removal of corns and calluses (never try this at home!)
- Physical therapy, stretching, and special exercises to improve range of motion
- Resting, icing, and elevating your foot when the bunion is sore
Don't be ashamed of your bunion. Dr. Sachs and his team are highly qualified to give you the treatment you need so you can get back to your life. Adult & Child Footcare has two convenient locations. Contact one to arrange an examination. In Toms River, call (732) 255-7070, or in Shrewsbury, phone (732) 389-2555.
Foot pain affects millions of Americans every year. Foot pain is often caused by standing for long periods, being overweight, wearing poorly fitting shoes, or playing sports. Dr. William Sachs at Adult & Child Footcare, with locations in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ, offers treatments for foot pain. Here's how a podiatrist can help alleviate your foot pain.
#1- Orthotic Devices- Orthotic devices are often used to treat various conditions of the foot and ankle. Orthotic devices are molded piece of plastic, rubber or other material that you insert into your shoes. They correct the alignment of your feet and cushion your feet from excessive pounding. Research shows that podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices improve function and ease foot pain.
#2- Medications- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are medicines that are used to reduce foot pain. They are often sold over-the-counter. Some common brand names are Motrin, Advil or Aleve. You can also get pain relief with targeted topical pain medications from your doctor.
#3- Cortisone Shots- Cortisone injections are often used to treat foot pain. You can get cortisone injections at your podiatrist's office. Cortisone injections offer relief for pain and inflammation that is in one part of your body. Cortisone injection will decrease your pain for about one month, but they might keep the swelling down for longer than that.
#4- Stretches- Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various conditions of the foot and ankle. Research shows that stretching exercises improve function and reduce pain and swelling. You should do stretching exercises on a regular basis to keep foot pain at bay.
#5- Night Splints- A night splint, or brace, is a highly effective treatment for foot pain. Night splints are designed to hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep, thereby helping to relieve morning foot pain. You can wear a brace each night for up to six months. Then you can reduce how often you wear it as your symptoms disappear.
Whether your goal is getting back to sports, hobbies or work, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Call Adult & Child Footcare to schedule an appointment in Shrewsbury and Toms River, NJ. Our treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.
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