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By Diabetic Foot Center of Mid Michigan
November 13, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.

The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.

Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:

  • Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
  • Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
  • Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
  • Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
  • Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
  • Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness

Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.

Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.

If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
April 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
July 25, 2018
Category: back pain

Are you tired of suffering from lower back and hip pain? The first thing you need to do is to get to the bottom of why you are experiencing this pain. Back pain can cause a lot of grief in our life.  Not only is it hard to bend, but it can also be hard to sit or even pick something up. Many feet and ankle conditions can have an effect on your back health as well. This is because our feet are our bodies’ foundations. They take the blunt force of our weight when we move and groove. When our feet are hurting, it can lead to one big backache.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis can be a root cause of back pain. This condition affects the arch muscle in the foot and can cause extreme pain, especially first thing in the morning upon waking. The pain is usually very sharp and dulls as the day progresses. Many people with this condition tend to limp or adjust the pressure they put on their bodies. This affects the hips and the lower back and can cause pain.

Morton’s Neuroma

This is a condition that affects a nerve in the foot. The nerve experiences large amounts of pain and swelling. This can cause other nerves in the body to suffer from the inflammation, resulting in more pain. This condition can cause a person to limp or alter pressure, which can transfer pain to the lower back and the hip.

Treating the Cause

It is important to treat any foot and ankle injury to help prevent hip and back pain. The sooner you take proactive measures to cure the root cause, the sooner you will be pain-free in most cases.  It might take some time, but a podiatrist will develop a treatment plan that is right for you. In many cases, over-the-counter pain medication, orthotics, stretches and physical therapy can help to control pain and heal injury. In other more severe cases, surgery may be required to better assist with the healing process.

Back pain and hip pain do not have to be a part of your everyday life. Instead, come to our office to treat your feet and beat the pain. Call Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. You can reach our office at 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Your feet are our priority.

 

By Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center
November 20, 2017
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar fasciitis often plagues those who are constantly on their feet. Employees such as nurses, doctors, teachers and factory workers suffer from the pain of plantar fasciitis on a daily basis. Those who use their feet constantly or overuse their feet are highly susceptible to plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot. Some individuals seek relief using natural remedies or over the counter inserts. Others rely on their workplace to implement best practices to better care for their feet. With a combined effort, a person in the workforce as well as their employer can help prevent plantar fasciitis and other workplace injuries.

As an employer no one is more important than the employees that help run the core of your business. Employers can use three basic methods to help prevent their employees from suffering from plantar fasciitis and the pain that accompanies it. Inserts for the shoes, anti-fatigue/stress mats and pamphlets on proper stretching practices are all great methods for employers to use to help their employees prevent plantar fasciitis.

  1. Shoe inserts are great for workers who are constantly on the go. They cushion the arch, absorb shock, and provide stability to the foot. Inserts can be worn in almost any type of shoe without being seen. This provides for professionalism and practicality.
  2. Anti-fatigue mats are made to decrease stress on the feet by providing a cushioned surface for people who stand for long periods of time. These mats are ideal for places such as registers, greeting counters, reception areas, or any other area where the primary function involves standing for more than 5-10 minutes a time.
  3. Lastly, proper stretching can have a huge impact on the prevention of plantar fasciitis. Using specially crafted exercises during the morning, midday and evening, a person can keep their muscles warmed up and ready for increased stress. This prevents the overuse of the muscles and their strain. A podiatrist can advise on the types of proper stretches that are best for you.

Battling plantar fasciitis can be hard and sometimes you can feel lost. If you feel lost, do not hesitate to contact our office. Dr. Andrew H. Cohen, of Mid-Michigan Foot & Ankle Center, located in Saginaw and Bay City, Michigan. After a consultation, Dr. Cohen will help you better define best practices to keep plantar fasciitis at bay in your home and your workplace. Call 989-790-8009 or make an appointment online today. Don’t let plantar fasciitis implant its pain!