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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.
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
If you’re like the average American, you probably vowed to exercise more at the beginning of the year. Maybe you started with a few walks around the neighborhood. Perhaps you’re up to a slow jog. Or you could be picking up the pace to a full run. Whatever your exercise level, shin splints are an exercising reality that you might have to deal with.
Shin splints, also known as medial tibial stress syndrome, are an inflammation of the soft tissue surrounding the bone lining of the tibia at the origin of several leg muscles. Stress on these muscles causes microtears and inflammation in the soft tissue attached to the tibia.
You don’t have to be a hardcore runner to experience shin splints. Shin splints can result from improper conditioning programs, ramping up exercise (too much, too quickly), switching running surfaces, and more. Shin splints are also more likely to affect people who overpronate, experience tight calf muscles, or have flat feet.
Avoiding shin splints isn’t always easy, but there are some tricks that can reduce severity and frequency. Be sure to stretch properly before running and wear good athletic shoes with supportive orthotics. Custom orthotics from a podiatrist can help correct any underlying biomechanical issues (such as fallen arches).
Resting is the best thing you can possibly do if you experience shin splints! OTC pain relievers, calf stretching, night splints, physical therapy, and short term casting are all suitable solutions for shin splint pain. If you are experiencing shin splints regularly while exercising, call the FAAWC today. We can help get you back up and running in no time. 740.363.4373
Flat feet are incredibly common and not everyone with flat feet is symptomatic. But some people with flatfoot deformities experience daily, debilitating pain that interferes with normal activity. In these cases, you may start exploring surgical options to correct flatfoot.
Before considering surgery, your podiatrist will suggest a variety of other treatment methods including a change in shoes, OTC pain medications, custom orthotics, nightly bracing, injections, and physical therapy. For the majority of patients, these options diminish pain and act to correct the effects of flat feet.
However, if you have tried these methods and are experiencing recurring pain or daily pain that limits and affects your normal activities, you may need to consider surgery to correct flat feet. It is both a logical and necessary choice if initial treatments fail.
There are many different surgical procedures available to correct flat feet. For flexible flatfoot, soft tissue is altered. Other types of flat feet may involve a bony correction. In selecting the procedure or combination of procedures for your particular case, your foot and ankle surgeon will take into consideration the extent of your deformity based on the x-ray findings, your age, your activity level, and other factors.
The initial recovery from a flatfoot correcting procedure is 6-8 weeks. You will be able to return to normal activity between 4 and 6 months after surgery. The total length of the recovery period will vary depending on the procedure or procedures performed. Once healed, you will enjoy a life free from the pain of flat feet.
If your flatfoot deformity is interrupting your daily life and stopping you from enjoying a full range of activities, call the FAAWC today. We can help decide what treatment options are right for you and when to consider flatfoot surgery.
You may have recently learned that flatfoot affects approximately 40% of the population. While not everyone with flatfoot or fallen arches will experience pain, symptomatic flat feet can be helped with the use of orthotics.
Orthotics restore and maintain your foot’s best alignment. They can support the plantar fascia from the strain of flatfoot. Orthotics can also correct overpronation (a rolling inward of the ankle due to lack of arch support).
Orthotics should be custom made to correct for each individual’s unique needs. Orthotics for flatfoot help correct motion which means they are generally semi-flexible. When choosing an orthotic type for your flatfoot, your podiatrist will combine evidence-based medicine with clinical outcomes to guide their choices.
If you have flatfoot or fallen arches and are experiencing pain or discomfort, custom orthotics may be the answer for you. Visit the FAAWC today to discuss your options with a podiatrist. You can be cast for orthotics on your first appointment and they will be delivered to your door in a matter of weeks. Relief from flatfoot pain is possible. Call 740.363.4373 today!