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Sunday, 21 July 2024 00:00

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Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

The Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. It occurs when this tissue is overstretched or overused, often due to excessive running, standing for long periods, or wearing inadequate footwear. The condition manifests as a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, particularly noticeable with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. Those at higher risk include runners, individuals with high arches or flat feet, people who are overweight, and people who wear shoes with poor arch support. Preventing plantar fasciitis involves wearing supportive footwear, maintaining a healthy weight, and incorporating stretching exercises into daily routines to improve flexibility. Treatment options include rest and stretching exercises, For persistent pain, custom orthotics may be necessary. If you have continued heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Gary Saphire, DPM from Parkway Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Causes and Definition of Heel Spurs

A heel spur, medically known as a calcaneal spur, is a bony growth that develops on the underside of the heel bone. This condition often results from long-term strain on the foot muscles and ligaments, commonly associated with repetitive activities such as running or jumping. Over time, this strain leads to the accumulation of calcium deposits, forming the bony protrusion. Heel spurs are frequently linked to plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Factors contributing to heel spur development include wearing ill-fitting shoes, excessive weight, and having flat feet or high arches. If you have heel pain, it may be indicative of a heel spur, and it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and offer a comprehensive treatment plan for heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Gary Saphire, DPM from Parkway Podiatry. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Common Running Injuries and Treatment

Common running injuries include shin splints, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and stress fractures. Shin splints cause pain along the shin bone due to overuse or wearing improper footwear. Achilles tendinitis involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon, while plantar fasciitis affects the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes, causing heel pain. Stress fractures are tiny cracks in bones due to repetitive force. Evaluation involves a physical examination, imaging tests like X-rays or MRI scans, and a review of the runner's history and habits. Prevention includes proper warm-ups, wearing appropriate shoes, gradually increasing running intensity, and incorporating strength and flexibility training. Treatment varies but often includes rest, compression, elevation, gentle stretching, and sometimes anti-inflammatory medications or orthotics. If you are a runner who has sustained an injury to your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Gary Saphire, DPM from Parkway Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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