Posts for category: Heel Pain
How can I best stretch my plantar fascia ?
Simple answer, you shouldn’t !
The plantar fascia is not a muscle, it's not meant to stretch or lengthensignificantly. It has minimal elasticity and I generally liken it to a braided steel band when explaining this to patients. Man has copied this natural construction method for centuries with varying degrees of complexity and success.
Plantarfascitis is the pain from inflammation of the plantarfascia most commonly at the insertion of the medial band to the heel bone. Micro tears in the band usually caused by trauma or over use trigger the inflammation as part of the healing process and also serves to dissuade the individual from further aggravating it while healing takes place.
To treat the condition, first identify the cause and don’t aggravate it in the mean time. So to summarize, aggressive stretching, deep tissue massage and impact exercising will all likely add fuel to your flames.
Be nice your plantar fascia they can bite back!.
Give us a call and have one of our "engineers" look into your structural issue!
Find out how wearing custom-made shoe inserts could help with painful, achy feet.
Heel pain is one of the most common issues that adults face. If you are an athlete or runner you may find yourself dealing with heel pain more than you would like to admit. Here at The Podiatry Associates in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, Ontario, our team of podiatrists and chiropodists can provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan to tackle heel pain caused by heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis and everything in between. Find out more about custom orthotics and how they could alleviate your heel pain.
What are custom orthotics?
Custom orthotics are specially crafted devices that are placed within the shoes to help realign the joints and muscles of the foot and ankle. Just as glasses or contacts work to correct your vision, custom shoe inserts also work to correct imbalances and problems within the feet.
What are the benefits of custom orthotics?
Orthotics can be used to treat a wide range of problems and can be beneficial for,
- Taking stress and strain off the feet
- Redistributing pressure and force evenly throughout the foot
- Providing cushioning and support for the heels and arches of the feet
- Stabilizing the foot and ankle
- Providing shock absorption when walking or running
Custom orthotics are specifically designed to support your feet and your feet alone. This is what makes them different from the orthotics you can find over the counter. Custom orthotics can correct mechanical imbalances and provide your heels and arches with the proper support they need to take pressure off the areas as they heal. Of course, your podiatrist will recommend other treatment options along with custom orthotics to reduce pain and inflammation and to speed up healing.
When should I see a foot doctor for my heel pain?
When you turn to us for an evaluation we will ask questions about your symptoms, examine the feet and perform the proper diagnostic testing to be able to make a definitive diagnosis. The goal is to find out the cause of your heel pain. While some cases of heel pain will go away on their own with rest and home care, there are some cases in which plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can become chronic. If you are dealing with recurring or unresponsive heel pain then seek immediate medical attention.
With offices in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, Ontario, The Podiatry Associates offers a full-service podiatry clinic to treat a variety of foot and ankle problems. If you want to find out more about custom orthotics and whether they are right for you call one of our clinics today to schedule an appointment.
Find out how your East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford podiatrists can help you with your heel pain
The podiatrists at Podiatry Associates in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, ON, are equipped with years of experience and knowledge of how to:
- examine your feet
- prescribe the proper course of treatment
- create a custom plan according to your needs
This is especially necessary when it comes to resolving issues and problems, like heel pain.
Heel Pain Causes
The heel is the largest bone in your foot. Heel pain is a result of the foot's fascia, a connective tissue that extends from the heel of the foot to the toes, becoming irritated or inflamed. Heel pain is also a result of heel spurs, a growth on the bone that may be painless in many cases but may also result in:
- chronic pain, which is any pain that lasts more than three months and reoccurs intermittently
- arthritis, which is swelling of cartilage and lining in joints
- gout, which is the buildup of uric acid salts, a normal byproduct of the diet, in the joints
Other disorders which may also lead to heel pain include:
- Nerve injuries
- Collagen disorders
- Heel bone abnormalities
Heel Pain Treatment
There are invasive surgical treatments to get rid of heel pain, such as the removal of connective tissue and heel spurs, but before going down that road, consider wearing comfortable shoes made of soft rubber, stretching your feet out daily, and avoiding rigorous sports and exercises.
For more information regarding your heel pain, contact the doctors of Podiatry Associates. Their office is conveniently located in East Toronto, Whitby, Mississauga and Brantford, ON, for when you're ready to schedule an appointment with them.