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Do your heels often feel sore or like acute pain is shooting through them? Is this worse in the morning, or maybe after a long walk or run? At Paoli and Center City FootCare Centers in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Robert Cohen and Dr. Ushma Sheth investigate and treat heel pain, and when they see patients with these symptoms, they often find out that the condition at fault is plantar fasciitis. Read on to learn more!
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis involves stress on and inflammation of the broad ligament located on the arch of the foot. This plantar fascia connects the toes and heel bone, and when overused, it becomes sore, red, and inflamed.
Also, gait imbalance leads to heel pain. If a person turns his or her foot inward while walking, it overstretches the plantar fascia, causing pain. Some people refer to this problem as overpronation or flat feet.
Treating heel pain
In their Philadelphia and Paoli offices, Dr. Sheth and Dr. Cohen inspect the feet of patients who complain of heel pain. They may do X-rays or an MRI, looking for heel spurs or problems with the Achilles tendon which runs from the calf to the back of the heel. Gait analysis is a common diagnostic tool, too.
Whatever the underlying cause, your podiatrist will show you ways to counter the stresses placed on your feet and to reduce, or even eliminate, your discomfort. Surgery, including plantar fascia release and bone spur removal, is an option, but typically used only in the severest of cases which do not respond to treatment.
Your treatment plan may recommend the following:
- Foot flexion and ankle roll exercises performed upon waking in the morning (also advised by the Arthritis Foundation)
- Wearing well-constructed shoes and sneakers which have adequate arch support
- Customized shoe inserts, such as heel cups
- Analgesics such as acetaminophen or anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen or cortisone injections
- Ice packs to the affected areas
- Losing weight
In addition, Paoli and Center City FootCare Centers offer something called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, a non-surgical, in-office treatment that sends small sound waves into the tissues of the foot. This process breaks up scar tissue, boosts blood flow, and facilitates healing.
Get back to normal with expert help from Paoli and Center City FootCare Centers. To schedule an appointment, please call one of our offices—for Philadelphia, phone (215) 545-0388, and for Paoli, dial (610) 647-0400.
Don’t let heel pain keep you from enjoying your daily run!
Is heel pain preventing you from going on your morning run? Do you hate having to get up in the morning because you know your foot is going to ache and throb? If this sounds like something you are going through right now our Paoli and Philadelphia, PA, podiatrist, Dr. Robert Cohen, is here to tell you what might be going on and what you can do about it.
More often than not heel pain is the result of a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet and provides the arches with support. When the fascia becomes inflamed, often as a result of overuse, heel pain sets in.
If your heel pain is located at the bottom of your heel as well as the arches and is at its worst first thing in the morning or immediately after exercise then you could be dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Of course, unless you visit your Paoli and Philadelphia foot doctor you won’t know for certain whether or not plantar fasciitis is to blame. Luckily, most healthy individuals dealing with mild or even moderate forms of heel pain can manage their symptoms with simple at-home measures such as:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Splinting or bracing the foot
- Resting and staying off your feet whenever possible
- Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate your symptoms
- Stretching/strengthening exercises
- Physical therapy
- Wearing supportive footwear
- Using custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
If you find that your symptoms just continue to persist or get worse after two weeks of at-home care then it’s time to come in and visit a podiatrist who will be able to figure out what’s going on and how to treat the problem. In more serious cases of chronic plantar fasciitis, treatment options such as corticosteroid injections, ultrasound or shockwave therapy may be recommended to facilitate a faster and more effective natural healing process while also reducing pain and inflammation.
Don’t let heel pain affect what matters most in life. Our Philadelphia and Paoli, PA, foot and ankle specialists are here to provide the comprehensive care you need so you can get back to what’s most important to you. Call Paoli and Center City FootCare Centers today.