Posts for: April, 2016
One in 10 people will experience heel pain at some point in their life. Heel pain can be annoying and greatly affect things that should be second nature, like walking or standing. While heel pain is a common complaint in runners, anyone can experience it. Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI, can help you determine the cause of your heel pain in order to treat it correctly.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain usually gradually builds over time and is worse when weight or pressure is put onto the heel. This is especially noticeable while walking or standing or first thing in the morning. Symptoms include pain, swelling, heat and redness. While heel pain can be caused by many things, there are some common culprits. They include:
- plantar fasciitis
- trauma or sudden injury
- Achilles tendonitis
- bone spurs
- pinched nerves
- stress fractures
When should I see my podiatrist?
The sooner you see your doctor, the better. If left untreated or unsupervised, heel pain could turn into something much worse. If you experience pain so severe that it is impossible to walk or if the pain lasts longer than a few weeks, you should see your doctor. If your heel pain occurs with any numbness or tingling, this could be a sign of nerve damage. If accompanied by a fever, your heel pain could mean a bone infection. In both cases, you should seek medical attention immediately.
What are the options for treatment?
At-home treatments like plenty of rest, stretching or exercises, changing your shoes and using an ice pack or over-the-counter medications may be beneficial to mild cases of heel pain. However, your doctor uses x-rays, blood tests, MRIs or ultrasounds to see inside your foot to determine the base cause of your pain. This allows more pointed treatment to take place.
Your doctor may prescribe orthotics to align the bones or muscles or distribute pressure evenly. Physical therapy is another option, depending on your condition. In some cases, prescription anti-inflammatory medication relieves pain. In the most severe cases, surgery is required.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Drs. Thomas Hosey and Ryan Murphy at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI. Call to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!
The arch structure of our feet determines how we walk, which means our arches need to be both sturdy and flexible in order to adjust to different walking surfaces. For most people, their feet have a curve or an arch at the bottom that provides flexibility and shock absorption. But for the five percent of adults in the U.S. with flat feet, also known as fallen arches, the arches of their feet are either partially or completely collapsed.
One common type of flatfoot is adult-acquired flatfoot. It is caused by overstretching the tendon that supports the arch. Flexible flatfoot is also common and occurs when the foot is flat when standing, but returns to a normal arch in non-weight-bearing positions.
Factors that increase your risk of flat feet include:
- Excess weight
- Injury to your foot or ankle
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
When to See Your Podiatrist
Most adults with a fallen arch experience little to no pain. For these patients, treatment is rarely necessary. Painful flatfoot, however, may be the sign of a congenital abnormality or an injury to the muscles and tendons of the foot. Pain can be severe, making it difficult to walk, wear shoes and perform simple everyday tasks. More than achy feet, flatfoot can also lead to other, more serious problems and pain for your ankles, knees, back and hips.
Common symptoms associated with flat feet Include:
- Swelling along the inside of the ankle
- Feet that tire easily or ache after standing for an extended period of time
- A lack of mobility in your foot and difficulty standing on your toes
- Sore, swollen feet; especially in the heel or arch of your foot
Steps Away from Flat Foot Pain Relief
If you are experiencing pain caused by flat feet, visit our practice for an evaluation. We can identify the cause of your pain and recommend the best treatments for your type of arch.
Talk with your podiatrist about the following treatment options:
- Shoe inserts/ Orthotics
- Shoe modifications
- Rest and ice
- Stretching exercises
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
Whether you were born with flat feet or you acquired fallen arches over time, if your flat feet are causing you pain or interfering with your day to day activities, visit our practice. We can work with you to determine the best treatment options to eliminate the pain, improve your mobility and get you back to the activities you love.