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By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Heel Spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
June 21, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.

Causes of Heel Pain

As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.

The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
  • Page’s disease of bone
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Heel Pain Treatment Options

For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.

Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:

  • OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
  • Icing the heel several times a day
  • Bracing or splinting the foot
  • Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Wearing protective and supportive shoes
  • Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises

If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.

Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
April 23, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out if plantar fasciitis could be to blame for your foot pain.heel pain

Heel pain can be a real nuisance. It can make going about your day tough and it can certainly put a damper on your exercise regimen. But don’t fear! Our Hampton and Williamsburg, VA, podiatrists, Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem, are here to tell you why heel pain happens and what can be done to eliminate it.

Do you experience heel pain that radiates under the heel and sometimes affects the arches of your foot? Is your heel pain often worse in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time? If so, then you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain and it’s usually the result of overuse. This means that this inflammatory condition often comes about gradually over time rather than suddenly. Plantar fasciitis affects the thick ligament known as the plantar fascia that runs from the toes along the soles of the feet to the heels. The plantar fascia also provides support for the arches, which is why you may also experience achy or painful arches if you have this condition.

Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s impossible to properly diagnose yourself without first visiting your Hampton and Williamsburg foot doctors for an evaluation. This is because plantar fasciitis isn’t the only reason heel pain occurs. In fact, heel pain can also be the result of:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Heel spur
  • Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Strains and sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fracture
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are many factors that can play into whether your feet are prone to developing this inflammatory foot condition at some point during your lifetime. Certain factors include:

  • Participating in certain high-impact exercises like running that can put a lot of pressure and force on the plantar fascia
  • Suddenly increasing the duration or intensity of a workout
  • Wearing shoes that don’t provide enough stability and support for the heels and arches
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Regularly standing for long periods of time throughout the day
  • Aging (it’s natural to lose some ligament elasticity as we get older)

Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists offer locations in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, to serve you better. No matter whether you are dealing with heel pain or you have questions about the services we offer, don’t hesitate to call our office today.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
February 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is one of the leading problems that sends patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.

Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Our practice will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.

Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches, are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Bottom of the heel pain
  • Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
  • Pain that worsens over a period of months

Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort. Always seek care from our office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists
July 13, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Bunions   Heel Pain   Athlete’s Foot  

Foot problems can crop up anytime and often when we least expect it. Don’t let a foot problem throw you off guard. Our Williamsburg, VA,Common Foot Issues podiatrists Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem are here to offer up some insight into some rather common foot problems and how you may want to handle them if they ever happen to you.

Athlete’s Foot

Since fungus is all around it it’s fairly common for most people to face a fungal foot infection at some point during their lifetime. While some infections may spread to the toenails, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin of the feet. You may notice that the skin, particularly between the toes, is red, scaly, itchy, peeling or burning. These symptoms can be intense at times and can continue to spread throughout the foot.

How to treat it: While symptoms are pretty annoying, this condition is not really a cause for concern if you are an otherwise healthy individual. In fact, athlete’s foot can often be treated with an over-the-counter antifungal cream that you can get from your local pharmacist. If you have diabetes, if your symptoms are severe or if symptoms persist even after treating the problem with at-home medications, then it’s time to visit our Williamsburg, VA, foot doctors.

Bunions

A bunion is a deformity of the joint that’s situated at the base of the big toe and it causes the bone to jut out. As a result, it can make wearing shoes or walking around more painful. A bunion is a progressive condition but there are certain measures you can take early on to prevent it from getting worse. While a bunion will only go away if you have surgery to repair it, most people can manage their symptoms without ever needing to resort to surgery.

How to treat it: If you have a bunion, make sure that you are wearing shoes that give your toes a lot of room to wiggle and move around. Shoes should never put additional pressure on the bunion. You can also wear a protective moleskin pad over the bunion before putting on shoes to offer more protection.

Heel Pain

While there are many problems that can lead to heel pain, the most common cause is an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is when the band of tissue running along the soles of the feet becomes inflamed. This is typically the result of overuse or strain.

How to treat it: Heel pain will often go away on its own as long as you avoid certain high-impact activities that could irritate the inflamed tissue more. Splinting the foot can also provide some stabilization and support for the heel and the arches to reduce pain and discomfort. If heel pain is severe or doesn’t respond to at-home treatment then we may recommend corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy or even surgery to treat the problem.

Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists in Williamsburg, VA, is dedicated to providing you with the ultimate in foot care. Whether you want to discuss your bunion treatment options or you want to figure out how to get rid of your heel pain, we are always here to help.



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