Posts for: February, 2019
Of all the types of foot pain a patient may experience, heel pain is the most common according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. The discomfort can be felt not only on the bottom of the heel, but also in the ankle, lower leg, and under the foot. Don’t allow heel pain to keep you off your feet any longer—seek professional help from a podiatrist at the Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Butte and Bozeman, MT.
The Common Source of Heel Pain
A foot condition called plantar fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome, is the commonly reported cause of heel pain patients. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that extends from the toe bone to the heel bone. It takes a lot of pressure in the course of a day—especially when you’re wearing shoes that aren’t appropriate for your feet. That pressure leads to inflammation and pain that can make it nearly impossible to walk, run, or even stand in place for a long period of time.
Podiatric Heel Pain Solutions
A podiatrist at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Butte and Bozeman, MT is familiar with why you may be experiencing heel pain, and how it can be eased. These are some of the most common solutions:
- Orthotics and padding designed to support the natural contours of your feet.
- Targeted stretching exercises that flex and stimulate the muscles, providing relief.
- Oral NSAID medications.
- Corticosteroid injections to manage pain.
- Surgical intervention.
Protect Your Heels and Feet
As much time as you may spend on your feet in an average day, it’s easy to forget to take care of them. Prioritize good foot health by adopting these simple foot care habits:
- Keep your custom orthotic inserts inside of your favorite shoes to protect and preserve your natural arch.
- Avoid wearing non-supportive footwear, or shoes that put a strain on your arch.
- Take a few days off and rest your feet. Give your heels a chance to heal.
Help for Your Heels
When you find yourself avoiding walking, running, and participating in your favorite activities because of unbearable heel pain, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Call 406-782-2278 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Dallin Greene or Dr. Nathan Judd at the Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Butte or Bozeman, MT.
Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.
While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.
What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?
The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.
How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?
In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:
- Taking over-the-counter pain medications
- Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
- Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
- Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
- Icing the heel
- Wearing custom orthotics
- Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes
Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.
If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.