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Posts for: June, 2018

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
June 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel pain  

Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.

Causes of Heel Pain

As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.

The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
  • Page’s disease of bone
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Heel Pain Treatment Options

For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.

Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:

  • OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
  • Icing the heel several times a day
  • Bracing or splinting the foot
  • Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Wearing protective and supportive shoes
  • Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises

If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.

Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
June 06, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Find out how to handle this itchy, uncomfortable fungal infection.

Treating Athlete's Foot

Whether you forgot to wear sandals in the gym shower or your child came home with a nasty bout of athlete’s foot, there are many reasons why you might end up dealing with this unpleasant fungal infection. Sure, it’s not a serious problem for a healthy individual but you will want to know what to do to treat the problem effectively and keep it at bay in the future. Our Stoughton and Madison, WI, podiatrist, Dr. Neal Katz, is here to tell you what you can do about athlete’s foot.

How to Treat Athlete’s Foot

While athlete’s foot is seemingly easy to catch it isn’t always the easiest to get rid of. Luckily, most over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments tailored specifically for athlete’s foot may be all you need to fight the infection. While some people may swear by at-home remedies such as tea tree oil, sunflower oil, and vinegar, if you want a faster and more effective approach, it’s highly advised that your first trip should be to your local drugstore to pick up an OTC anti-fungal medication.

Of course, if you have diabetes, a compromised immune system or if you are dealing with a serious and uncomfortable bout of athlete’s foot, then you will want to turn to our Stoughton and Madison foot doctor for more advanced and immediate care. Not everyone responds well to at-home treatment and those with diabetes may find that even the simplest infection can turn ugly if it isn’t handled in an effective and timely manner. We can offer more aggressive medications (whether topical or oral) to target and eliminate that annoying athlete’s foot.

Preventing Athlete’s Foot

There are certainly specific safety precautions you can take to prevent athlete’s foot from happening to you. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious, so if a member of your family has it, it is important that you do not share shoes, socks, towels, or bath mats with this individual until the infection is completely clear. Also, make sure to disinfect the tub after each use.

If you are in public restrooms, locker rooms, pools, or gyms, these warm, dark environments are just perfect for fungus to thrive and multiply. This is why it’s imperative that you wear protective shoes or sandals whenever you are in these settings to prevent a fungus from infecting your feet.

Are you dealing with a severe or persistent bout of athlete’s foot? Do you need advice on lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk of athlete’s foot in the future? If so, don’t hesitate to call our Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatry team today to find out what we can do to help. We offer three convenient locations to serve you better.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
June 04, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Footwear   Foot Care   Child Podiatry  

While it might not be something you think about often (or at all), the health of your child’s feet is important. Your child is growing by leaps and bounds and certain habits and other factors can affect how your child’s feet develop or if they experience injuries or other problems down the road. Unfortunately, a lot of children end up wearing shoes that are far too small for their feet, which can lead to pain, structural imbalances and certain foot deformities.

We know that going shoe shopping is certainly not a walk in the park for most parents; however, it’s an important component to making sure your child maintains healthy feet. There are many things to think about when it comes to picking the right shoes, and your podiatrist can also provide suggestions and tips to make the world of shoe shopping easier for you and your little one.

Some factors that you should consider when shopping for the right shoes include:

  • Your child’s age
  • The shoe’s material
  • Your child’s shoe size
  • The shoe’s structure

A good rule of thumb is to shop for shoes every 2 months when your child is between the ages of 1 and 2 years old. Once they reach three and four, you’ll want to purchase new shoes approximately every four months. At the point that your child is five or six years old, every six months is a good time to swap out old shoes for new ones.

As you might already know, the bones of a baby or infant’s feet are soft and haven’t fully developed. To protect your child’s feet it’s important that they wear socks and soft shoes. Make sure that as your child’s feet grow that the toes have room to wiggle and move around within the shoes. Bunched-up toes are a major no-no!

Since your little one is growing by leaps and bounds it is important that you are constantly checking their shoe size for changes. Remember that feet swell throughout the day, so shoe shopping should be done at the end of the day when feet are at their largest. If you aren’t sure what size shoe your little one wears, you can ask one of the store’s footwear specialists for help.

Of course, you can’t forget the importance of choosing the right socks, as well. Socks can prevent your little one from blisters, calluses and other foot problems. They can also wick away sweat and prevent fungal infections. When it comes to choosing the right socks for your little one consider the type of fabric, your child’s activity level, the size of your child’s feet and sensitivities they might have to certain fabrics.

When in doubt, you should talk to a foot doctor who can provide you with advice, answer any questions you might have about your child’s developing feet and also provide comprehensive care, when needed.


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