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Posts for: August, 2017

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel pain  

Heel pain can make daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, more challenging. It can even prevent you from participating in heel painfavorite sports and recreational activities, such as running. There are several possible causes of heel pain. Different treatment options are available to alleviate the discomfort of heel pain, as well as resolve the problem causing the pain. Dr. Neal Katz is your experienced podiatrist for treatment of heel pain in Stoughton and Madison, WI. Dr. Katz can diagnose the cause of your heel pain and recommend the right treatment option.

Causes and Types of Heel Pain

Heel pain can develop from an injury but is typically the result of repeated stress on the heel over time. The heel absorbs a lot of impacts when performing activities such as walking, running or jumping. Further, strenuous activities, such as kickboxing and certain sports, involving high-impact movements can put a lot of stress on the heels. Over time, continual pounding on the heels can aggravate them and lead to the development of persistent pain and discomfort. To determine the cause of your heel pain in Stoughton and Madison, consult a podiatrist, such as Dr. Katz.

Two common types of heel pain many people develop are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis, also referred to as tendonitis. The pain associated with Achilles tendonosis is typically felt behind the heel, whereas the pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis is felt on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is also associated with the development of heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that have built up on the bottom of the heels. It can be especially uncomfortable walking with heel spurs.

Treatments for Heel Pain

There are a variety of treatments for heel pain. Some treatments provide relief by targeting the pain and discomfort, while other treatments target the cause and heal the problem. The treatments that are best for you will depend on the type and cause of your heel pain. Treatments for heel pain include stretching, resting the heel, physical therapy and wearing supportive footwear or orthotic foot supports. Treatment can also include such medications as corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs. Surgery is also a possibility in more serious cases.

Whatever the cause of your heel pain, there are treatments that can help. For treatment of heel pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz at his Madison or Stoughton, WI location by calling (608) 241-0848.


By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
August 14, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

Heel PainMetatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.

Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot - the part of the sole just behind the toes
  • Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
  • Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes
  • A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
  • Pain that increases when walking barefoot

Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:

  • Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
  • Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
  • Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
  • Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
  • Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.

When conservative treatments aren't effective and pain persists, visit our practice for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.


By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
August 02, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Ingrown ToenailsIngrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.

People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.

Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:

  • Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
  • Protecting feet from trauma when possible
  • Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
  • Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection

If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.

When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.

A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.

Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit  our practice for quick and easy treatment.




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