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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel pain   Heel Spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

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
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
April 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel pain  

Dealing with heel pain? Isn’t it time you found out more about what’s causing your discomfort?

Heel pain is nothing to scoff at. While it might not seem like a big deal when you first notice it, over time it can become a downright nuisance. Heel pain can make it more difficult to move around and it can even limit your day-to-day activities. If you have no idea what might be going on, your podiatrist might be able to answer your burning questions.Heel Pain

What is causing my heel pain?

There are many reasons why you could be experiencing heel pain, which is why it’s so important to visit your foot doctor at the first sign of an issue. Only then can we really determine the root cause. Of course, one of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of ligaments that connect your toes to your heel bone. When they become inflamed, this causes heel pain, stiffness and a host of other issues.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

If this condition is truly the cause of your heel pain, then you’ll more than likely notice a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot that may be worse in the morning when you take your first couple steps. You may also notice that the pain subsides a bit during physical activity, but immediately comes back full force right after. You may also experience stiffness or limited mobility as a result of the plantar fasciitis.

How can I treat my heel pain?

Most heel pain can easily be treated with more conservative measures including:

 

  • Rest
  • Avoiding high-impact activities
  • Elevating the foot
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Splinting
  • Icing

Most causes of heel pain like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis will go away with these simple at-home measures. However, for those with more persistent or severe cases, you may need to talk to your foot doctor about other options including extracorporeal shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections to reduce pain and swelling, and to help speed up the healing process.

 

Contact your Podiatrist

Heel pain doesn’t have to take over your life. Turn to your foot doctor for the help and care your feet need to stay healthy.



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