Posts for tag: heel pain
Not everyone who wears sandals develops hard skin and cracks on their heels. But if you do its indicative that your feet are not very stable.
I know summer has just arrived and already I'm on your case about sandals.
But before you shed your clothes and slip on your sandals, please remember, even a contoured sandals like the one pictured below, will not significantly improve functional control.
Your heels are going to roll in and twist causing hard skin to build up and then form vertical splits. Your big toe joint is going to lock causing heavy callouses (hard skin) on the side of the big toe and your little toes to curl down into the ground causing callous and thicken/discoloured nails.
It's OK to wear sandals, just don’t live in them.
Remember to hydrate your body and your skin. Pick your opportunities to wear based on level of activity and yes we can help diagnose and treat the underlying cause.
Nope! I'm not telling who’s feet these are!. But its safe to say some of us dont always practice what we preach.
Heel pain can cause discomfort throughout the day and affect your ability to carry out regular daily activities. A common cause of heel pain is a foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. One way to treat this condition is with custom orthotics, which are devices worn inside the shoes. Dr. Barry Noble, Dr. Mark Bradley, Dr. Marilyn Bradley, and Dr. William Jacob, the experienced foot specialists at The Podiatry Associates in Whitby, Brantford, and Mississauga, ON, treat heel pain and can fit you for custom orthotics.
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition associated with pain at the bottom of the heel and sometimes in the arch. Running along the bottom of the foot is a thick band of tissues called the plantar fascia. These tissues connect the heel bone to the toes and provide shock absorption for the foot. Constant pressure or strain on these tissues can cause them to become swollen or inflamed, which can lead to heel pain and discomfort. One method for treating plantar fasciitis is wearing custom orthotics in the shoes.
How Orthotics Help
Orthotics are devices that are placed inside the shoes to correct a wide range of foot issues, including irregular step patterns. Orthotics help position the feet and ankles so they are in proper alignment with one another. It is possible to obtain over-the-counter orthotics, but custom orthotics deliver better results since they are tailored to each patient’s unique foot structure. We offer custom orthotics at our offices in Whitby, Brantford, and Mississauga, ON, for the treatment of heel pain.
Orthotics help with heel pain and other foot problems in several ways, including:
- Providing added cushioning
- Alleviating pain and discomfort
- Providing more arch support
- Improving stability and balance
- Reducing strain on the feet and ankles
- Improving alignment in the feet and lower extremities
Several types of custom orthotics are available, including semi-rigid, rigid, and soft orthotics. Semi-Rigid custom orthotics provide additional arch support, which is beneficial to individuals with flat feet. Rigid orthotics help correct irregular step patterns by improving foot positioning when walking. Custom soft orthotics provide added cushioning and support and are helpful to patients with arthritis in the feet or ankles. One of our foot specialists can recommend the right type of custom orthotic for your heel pain.
Custom orthotics can provide relief from chronic heel pain and discomfort. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Barry Noble, Dr. Marilyn Bradley, Dr. Mark Bradley, and Dr. Will Jacob for help treating your heel pain by calling The Podiatry Associates in Mississauga, ON, at (905) 568-3800. We are also located in Whitby, ON, at (905) 433-0200, and Brantford, ON, at (519) 751-2900.
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 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.
Back at the end of June we finally had chance to do a show on Plantar Fasciitis with Inside Brant host Ted Lehman. Interestingly he was not only the host but the subject of the show, or rather his feet were. In this episode get to review his physical exam, X-rays, video gait analysis and demonstrate the functional instability that caused his chronic heel pain. We also review his treatment plan of good structural foot wear, combined with custom functional orthotic devices. The most important point of all this is that he clearly understands the source of his problem and as a result is an active participant in healing himself. No pun intended Ted!!.