Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Research shows that millions of people suffer from heel pain each year. Heel pain is usually felt on the underside of the heel, and less often behind it. While heel pain is not generally a symptom of a serious health problem, the pain can greatly interfere with exercise and normal functioning. Also, persistent heel pain can become chronic if left untreated. Often, heel pain results from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue running from the heel to the toes on the underside of the foot. This condition can occur from overuse, repetitive exertion, and non-supportive shoes. Intense pain is felt in the heel and sometimes in the arch area of the foot and is particularly bad when resuming activity after a period of rest. Insoles and stretching can help alleviate this type of heel pain. If your heel pain does not go away in a reasonable amount of time, set up an appointment with a chiropodist who can make an accurate diagnosis and provide treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be painful and interfere with your daily activities. If you are experiencing foot or heel pain and believe you may be afflicted with plantar fasciitis, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Repetitive activities, such as running or jumping, can injure the plantar fascia over time. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by flat feet, high arches, pregnancy, and activities that put excessive pressure on your feet, like standing all day for work. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it causes pain and discomfort. 

Symptoms

Typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stabbing pain near the heel

  • Pain that is worst in the morning or after a period of rest

  • Pain that increases after exercising

  • Swelling

  • Tightness in the Achilles tendon

Diagnosis

Plantar fasciitis is typically diagnosed via medical history and physical examination. 

Treatment

Treatments for plantar fasciitis include resting and icing the affected foot, stretching the foot, taking medications to reduce inflammation, and wearing orthotics. In severe cases where pain does not improve with conservative treatments, injections or surgery may be recommended. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Achilles tendonitis is an injury of the long tendon at the back of the heel. It is usually the result of overuse, but there are many other causes, including overpronation, incorrect footwear, and wearing high heels. Symptoms of acute Achilles tendonitis include pain and stiffness in the area of the Achilles tendon. Pain is normally felt when first waking up, but is likely to diminish as the tendon warms up. Pressing in or squeezing from the sides evokes tenderness, and a nodule or lump may be felt in the tendon. Many of these symptoms also appear in chronic tendonitis, but they can become worse during exercise. Further, walking uphill or up stairs may cause pain. These are warning signals that Achilles tendonitis may be more serious, and if ignored the Achilles tendon could rupture. A chiropodist can determine the severity of Achilles tendonitis through an MRI or ultrasound scan. There are a number of ways to treat Achilles tendonitis, but getting treatment quickly is extremely important. Please see a chiropodist for further information about treatment options.

Achilles tendonitis is a common injury of the Achilles tendon, a band of fibrous tissue that runs along the back of the lower leg. The Achilles tendon can also rupture, making it impossible to lift the foot. If you are suffering from heel or calf pain, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Causes of Achilles tendon injuries include: 

  • Repetitive stress or overuse

  • Sudden increase in activity levels

  • High impact injury

  • Calf muscle tightness or weakness

  • Altered foot biomechanics

  • Heel bone spurs

  • Underlying medical conditions that weaken the tendon

Symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury include: 

  • Heel and calf pain that worsens following exercise

  • Chronic heel and calf pain

  • Sudden pain in the back of the ankle or calf

  • A popping or snapping sensation

  • Thickened lump in the Achilles tendon

  • Ankle and calf stiffness

  • Decreased range of motion in the affected foot

  • Swelling

  • Difficulty walking 

Treatment

  • Resting the affected leg

  • Applying ice 

  • Compressing the foot and ankle

  • Elevating the injured leg 

  • Wearing orthotics

  • Low impact exercises

  • Stretches

  • Strengthening exercises 

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications

  • Cortisone injections

  • Surgery, if the tendon is ruptured 

Achilles tendon injuries can be very painful and lead to reduced mobility if left untreated. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 18 November 2022 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Cracked heels can simply be due to dry skin. However, walking barefoot, callus buildup, wearing shoes that do not have sufficient heel support, and aging can also lead to cracked heels. More seriously, cracked heels can occur from other medical conditions including diabetes, fungal infections, or deficiencies in vitamins C, B3, or E. This condition can be painful and even start to bleed. In addition to wearing supportive footwear and moisturizing the feet, tending to a diet that provides sufficient nutrients and vitamins is recommended to prevent this affliction. If you have cracked heels and they are worsening, bleeding, or appear infected, contact a chiropodist as soon as you can.

Dry, cracked heels are more than a cosmetic inconvenience. For many people, they are uncomfortable, deep, painful, and may even bleed. If you suffer from cracked heels, please consult with Chiropodist Stephanie Poupore from North Bay Foot & Ankle. Our clinician can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Causes

  • Prolonged standing

  • Wearing open-back shoes

  • Wearing shoes that don’t cushion the heels

  • Living in a cold or dry climate

  • Taking long, hot showers

  • Not moisturizing the heels

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Palmoplantar keratoderma

  • Juvenile plantar dermatosis

Treatments

  • Soaking the feet

  • Exfoliating with a pumice stone

  • Moisturizing the heels

  • Wearing closed-back shoes that cushion heels

  • Avoiding prolonged standing 

  • Taking warm, rather than hot, showers

  • Treating underlying skin conditions 

While milder cases of cracked heels can be treated at home, some patients present with deep, painful, bleeding heel fissures that are at risk of becoming infected and may require medical care. Additionally, patients with diabetes or any other conditions that affect the immune system should be monitored by a chiropodist. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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