Blog

Posts for: March, 2019

March 28, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Heel pain can stem from many causes. Most commonly, it occurs due to plantar fasciitis, bursitis, or Achilles tendonitis. When heel pain just won't go away and conservative treatments aren’t making a difference, it may be time to consider heel surgery.

Generally, surgery is considered when pain has not improved after 3-6 months of treatment. Conversely, if the condition heals but recurs frequently, surgery is worth considering. But not everyone will need surgery.

Achilles tendonitis requires it most often of these three conditions. Plantar fasciitis leads to a surgical solution in less than 20% of cases. The FAAWC performs various heel pain correcting procedures including releasing the plantar fascia, lengthening the calf muscle, PRP injections, and Amniotic tissue injections.

If you are suffering from heel pain that won’t go away, you need to call the FAAWC. Our podiatrists will evaluate your situation and help you determine if a surgical solution is right for you. Call the FAAWC today!

 

Do you have pain that starts in your heel with your first steps every morning? This is known as post-static dyskinesia. Let’s break it down.

  • Post–after
  • Static–resting
  • Dis–bad
  • Kinesia–movement

Essentially, post-static dyskinesia is the medical term for any pain from bad movements that occur after a period of rest. As you know, the plantar fascia is a band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch and is prone to everyday wear and tear, leading to inflammation called plantar fasciitis.

The reason your heel hurts first thing in the morning has to do with what happens to the plantar fascia as you sleep. When not in use, the plantar fascia shortens and becomes tight. When you next try to walk, it is suddenly stretched which pulls on your heel, causing sharp pain.

Heel pain might also develop because of a shortening calf muscle or Achilles tendon. This occurs gradually, as we age and the muscles naturally get tighter. Tension in the back of the leg or ankle will cause increase strain on the plantar fascia where it connects to the heel.

You can help avoid morning heel pain by maintaining a low bodyweight, living an active life, making supportive shoe choices, and completing stability exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles. For existing heel pain, be sure to wear shoes at all times—standing or walking, inside or outside. Use over the counter pain medications and ice to calm inflammation.

If you are experiencing heel pain with your first steps in the morning, call the FAAWC for an appointment. We can help diagnose the source of your heel pain and get you on track to healing. Call 740.363.4373 today.

 

Plantar fasciitis. We talk about it a lot, and for good reason. There are more than 3 million cases treated in the US each year. Why is it so common? Because the plantar fascia is doing all the work, all the time.

The plantar fascia runs from the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch of the foot. The arch of your foot acts as a shock absorber with every step you walk or run. Think of the plantar fascia as the structural beam of a house. It supports the entire weight of the house and without it, everything collapses. Without the plantar fascia giving structure and bounce to the arch, the foot collapses and does not function properly.

Plantar fasciitis usually develops for one of two reasons. First, the arch could be flattening, straining the plantar fascia. Or, the Achilles tendon is shortening, causing increased stress on the fascia. Either way, it translates into your pain.

Plantar fasciitis develops slowly from the overall wear and tear of daily life. Our tissues and bones age as the rest of our body does. The stress of everyday activity can lead to a strain or tear. Other factors influencing plantar fasciitis include bodyweight, shoe choice, and genetics.

If you suffer from heel pain or pain along the bottom of the foot, call the FAAWC for an appointment today. You don’t have to live with plantar fasciitis. Talk to your podiatrist about solutions that will have you back on your feet in no time. 740.363.4373