Posts for: May, 2022
Are you dealing with a nasty case of plantar fasciitis?
Heel pain is a frustrating little problem, especially if you are someone who values their morning run or daily exercise routine. Even if you aren’t what you’d call an avid exerciser, you may still find that your heel pain makes moving around and going about your day more complicated than you would like. A podiatrist is the best medical specialist to turn to when heel pain becomes an issue.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes inflammation within the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs the length of the foot along the soles from the toes to the heels and provides the arches of your feet with support and shock absorption. Unfortunately, microtears within the tissue can occur gradually over time (common in runners), leading to irritation and inflammation.
What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
Those with plantar fasciitis may notice that their heel pain is at its worst first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting or standing. The tricky thing is that the pain often subsides throughout the day, making you think you can get in your run or regular workout routine after all. The only problem with that is that the heel pain often comes back with a vengeance after exercising. Along with heel pain, you may also notice painful or aching arches.
When Should I See a Podiatrist About My Heel Pain?
We know that no one wants to make an unnecessary trip to see their podiatrist unless the situation warrants it. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you are experiencing heel pain or any symptoms, it is important that you always seek immediate medical care to prevent the issue from getting worse.
While most healthy individuals will be able to handle their heel pain on their own, it’s also important to know when you need proper and more comprehensive care from a podiatrist. It’s important to turn to a podiatrist right away if you have severe pain, pain that makes it impossible to walk or put weight on the foot, numbness or tingling in the heel or foot, or heel pain caused by an injury.
If at-home care isn’t easing your heel pain after five days, then you should also give us a call so that we can create a more effective treatment plan for you.
Don’t let heel pain drag you down. If you are having trouble managing your symptoms and they are impacting your everyday activities and quality of life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with a podiatrist.
Here are some helpful tips for caring for your feet with diabetes.
If you have diabetes then you know that your feet are prone to ulcers, infections, and other serious complications if you aren’t careful. Apart from managing your condition through a healthy lifestyle and medication, there are also additional ways to keep your diabetic feet safe from dealing with problems. While our Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, podiatrists Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons love seeing their patients, and would rather prevent problems from happening to their patients in the first place. Here’s how,
Keep Blood Sugar Under Control
One of the best things you can do to prevent health complications is to make sure that you have your diabetes in check. This involves working with your team of doctors, Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons, to make sure that your medication and your current lifestyle are keeping your blood sugar levels within a healthy, normal range.
Perform Daily Foot Checkups
While you should visit our Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, podiatrists a few times a year to make sure your feet are healthy, it’s incredibly important that you check your feet every day. Take a few minutes to examine all areas of your feet, from the back of the heel to under the toenails. You should look for,
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fungal infections
- Cuts and open wounds
Any problems should be addressed by a qualified medical professional right away to prevent further complications.
Get the Blood Flowing
Our bodies weren’t meant to sit at a desk all day. If you have diabetes it’s particularly important that you are getting your body up and moving. When sitting it’s a good idea to elevate your feet (never cross your legs, which can restrict blood flow). Wiggle your toes for about 5 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Get up and moving every 30 minutes to boost circulation in your feet.
Wear Supportive Footwear
You want shoes that are going to cushion and support your feet while also protecting them from injury and other issues. It’s important that you wear proper shoes and socks and that you never go barefoot, even if you are in the comfort of your own home. Wearing shoes can prevent injuries that you may not even feel, especially if you have nerve damage in your feet. Talk with our podiatrist about shoes designed specifically for those with diabetes.
Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists is the premier foot and ankle practice in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH. If you are dealing with diabetes and want a podiatrist that understands your feet’s unique health needs, call us today at (937) 599-3668 for the office in Bellefontaine, OH, and (937) 322-3346 for the office in Springfield, OH to schedule a consultation.
Find out how to treat heel pain yourself and when to see a podiatrist.
Whether you are an avid runner or just someone who likes going to the gym occasionally, it can be challenging to do these everyday activities when faced with heel pain. Did you take that run just a little too far yesterday? Did you suddenly intensify your exercise regime? Then your heels might be screaming out for sweet relief. Here’s how to tackle heel pain before seeing a podiatrist.
What causes heel pain?
Plantar fasciitis is typically the cause of most heel pain. While the name might seem a bit intimidating, don’t worry! Symptoms can often be managed through simple at-home remedies such as,
- Performing specific foot stretches and exercises to strengthen the muscles and improve function.
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatory medication to soothe pain and inflammation temporarily.
- Avoid high-impact activities, which will often only exacerbate the condition and lead to further inflammation.
- Splint the foot or wear shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide arch support.
- Consider corticosteroid injections and extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which may also be helpful for those dealing with more severe or stubborn pain.
When should I call my podiatrist?
While you may not want to immediately rush to call your podiatrist at the first bout of pain, you mustn’t ignore a potentially serious issue. You should turn to a podiatrist if,
- You have severe heel pain or swelling
- You can’t point your foot downward or stand up on your tiptoes
- You also notice numbness or a tingling sensation in the heel accompanied by pain
- You experience sudden pain that occurs right after an injury
- You have diabetes or have neuropathy in your feet
- You have been trying at-home treatment options for a week, and there are no changes to your symptoms
If rest and home care haven’t been enough to manage your heel pain, it’s time to turn to a foot and ankle specialist who can help.