Heel pain is soreness or tenderness that impacts the back or underside of the foot’s heel. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, heel pain is typically a result of plantar fasciitis. With this condition, the pain tends to be aggravated after physical activity and not during the activity. The pain’s also usually worse upon waking up or following extended periods of inactivity. Bending the toes downward somewhat eases the pain while flexing the affected foot upwards produces pain.
Heel pain could be extremely uncomfortable, enough to reduce your mobility. But treating it as early as possible typically fixes the issue. That being said, if bearing weight on your heel is painful or if the affected foot is severely painful and swelling, get urgent treatment right away. Visit your foot doctor here at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, Dr. Richard Grayson, if your heel pain lingers and/or worsens for a week or two despite home treatments.
Possible Causes of Your Heel Pain
As stated above, plantar fasciitis is considered the number one cause of heel pain. The reason for this is because it is a form of an overuse injury that develops when the plantar fascia, a connective tissue band, becomes inflamed and irritated. Likewise, heel spurs or abnormal growths of bone in the heel could exacerbate the condition.
In general, our feet can take the strain and pressure of supporting our entire body weight without issues. However, the repeated moves during sports and other physical activities, particularly when wearing ill-fitting footwear, could result in gradual damage to the heel. Having stiff calf muscles, abnormally flat or high arches, and being overweight could raise the risk of plantar fasciitis developing. Other common heel pain causes include:
- Stress fractures
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Stone bruise
- Nerve irritation
Treating Heel Pain
Depending on the extent of your pain, heel pain could be managed with icing, elevating, and resting the injured foot, stretching exercises, and wearing footwear that fits properly as well as custom-made shoe inserts from your foot doctor in Avon, CT. Physical therapy, as well as EPAT Treatments, could likewise aid in resolving your symptoms.
Take note though that it’s possible for your pain to persist for weeks to months. Surgical intervention might be needed for releasing tension in the affected heel if all else fails or complications develop.
For Help Managing Your Heel Pain, Speak to Us
Call (860) 677-7733 to schedule a consultation with your foot doctor here at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, Dr. Richard Grayson, today.
Are you tired of the pain and inconvenience of bunions? Bunion surgery, one of the treatments offered by your Avon, CT, podiatrist, Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates, can eliminate your bunion and your pain.
5 reasons to consider bunion surgery
Although night splints, taping, orthotics and other treatments provided by your Avon foot doctor may slow the progression of your bunions, surgery provides the only way to remove the bony bumps and reverse your condition.
Surgery might be an option for you if:
- Your pain is severe or constant: Life isn't very enjoyable when you're in constant pain. Severe pain can make it difficult to concentrate on work or even focus when you're watching your favorite TV show. When bunion pain overtakes your life, it's time to consider surgery.
- You can't do the things you want to do: Bunion pain makes everything in life more difficult, from standing on the sidelines at your child's soccer game to grocery shopping to working out. If you've started declining invitations and opportunities because of your pain or given up activities you've always enjoyed, you may be ready for surgery.
- Your back hurts: Your back pain may be actually related to your bunions if your condition prompted you to change the way you walk. Gait changes can affect the alignment of your spine and lead to chronic back pain. When you can walk normally again, you may notice that your back pain decreases.
- Your bunions are getting worse: Are your bunions much worse than they were a few years ago? Bunions usually worsen with time, even if you stop wearing tight shoes and high heels, reduce the amount of time you spend on your feet, and wear orthotics. At this stage, surgery is the only effective bunion treatment.
- You can't find comfortable shoes: As your bunion progresses, finding shoes that accommodate the bony bump without increasing your pain can be a challenge. After surgery, you'll be able to wear many styles of shoes, although you should still avoid tight shoes or high heels.
Could bunion surgery help you? Call your podiatrist in Avon, CT, Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates, at (860) 677-7733 to schedule your appointment.
"Warts are common worldwide and affect approximately 10% of the population. In school-aged children, the prevalence is as high as 10% to 20%," according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, can help people struggling with foot warts.
More About Plantar Warts
Plantar warts occur on the hands and on the bottom of the foot. Plantar warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by a virus called human papillomavirus or HPV. People usually mistake warts for malignant growth but, in actuality, most warts go away without treatment. If you're worried about the wart, you should definitely contact your Avon podiatrist to better understand what you have on your foot.
Plantar warts are small (as big as a pencil eraser), but some warts can grow bigger. Warts can grow in clusters (mosaic warts). The reason it's best to contact your podiatrist is that people mistake warts for corns or calluses. This confusion may lead to incorrect self-treatment.
How do you get a plantar wart?
Warts spread from person to person but may not appear for weeks or months. Plantar warts are contagious spread in:
- public swimming pool
- communal showers
- shower at home
- shared gym or athletic facilities
- group activities that require bare feet like yoga and martial arts
What are some treatment options?
- Over-the-counter wart treatments include gel, ointment and lotion and work about 50% of the time.
- Podiatrists may freeze off the wart using liquid nitrogen, remove it with surgery, or inject medicines to strengthen the immune system.
Do you need any advice?
If you have a plantar wart or aren't sure what kind of foot issue you have, then you need a podiatrist. You can contact Dr. Richard Grayson of Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, at (860) 677-7733.
Get all of your questions about diabetes-related foot problems answered.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important that you add a podiatrist to your team of doctors that can provide you with care. After all, diabetes can cause serious issues for your feet, especially if you don’t have your diabetes under control. Here at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, your podiatrist, Dr. Richard Grayson, works with many patients living with diabetes in order to keep their feet healthy and functional.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions that we hear about diabetic foot care:
What are some of the symptoms I should look for?
You should be examining your feet every day to look for any problems or changes in your feet that may warrant a doctor’s visit. Some problems to look for include:
- Tingling or numbness in your feet
- Open wounds
- Corns and calluses
- Pus or drainage
- Ingrown toenails
- Cuts and scrapes
- Changes in the shape or color of your feet
What does a diabetic ulcer look like?
Simply put, an ulcer will look like an inflamed crater in the skin, sometimes with a callused patch of skin surrounding it. You’ll find these red open sores often don’t go away or are very slow to heal. Unfortunately, untreated diabetic foot ulcers can lead to serious infection. To prevent complications including amputation it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention if you develop an ulcer.
What problems can diabetes cause?
There are many issues that those with diabetes should be aware of. People with diabetes are more likely to deal with foot complications including:
- Loss of sensation in the feet (caused by nerve damage)
- Neuropathy (also caused by nerve damage)
- Foot ulcers
- Sores and wounds that don’t heal
Is there footwear designed just for diabetics?
Absolutely. Your podiatrist can even create custom orthotics right here in our Avon, CT, practice. Since diabetics should never go barefoot, it’s even more important that you are wearing appropriate footwear that provides your feet with protection, support, and comfort to prevent problems. Diabetic footwear should also have the APMA’s Seal of Acceptance.
How can I prevent diabetes-related foot problems?
The best thing you can do for your overall health is to keep your blood sugar in check. This means turning to a doctor who can provide you with the proper medication. You should also monitor your blood sugar every day, to make sure your medication is working. Healthy lifestyle changes such as losing excess weight, eating healthier foods, quitting smoking, and regularly exercising can all greatly improve your health.
Need care? Give us a call
If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Avon, CT, area who can provide you with individualized, diabetes-specific care, then call Avon Podiatry Associates today at (860) 677-7733 to schedule your next appointment.
Heel pain got you benched? It could be plantar fasciitis.
Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems, and while this symptom may go away with rest and care sometimes pain may persist if you aren’t providing it with the treatment it needs. This is where our Avon, CT, podiatrist Dr. Richard Grayson can step in to take over your treatment plan. Learn more about plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain and when to see a doctor.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel. This tissue is responsible for providing the arches and muscles of your feet with support; however, when the tissue is stressed or overstretched this can cause microtears and inflammation.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Since plantar fasciitis is the result of overuse, symptoms will appear gradually rather than suddenly. The classic symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain that originates under the heel below the bone. The pain may also radiate to the arches. Stiffness and pain may be particularly severe in the morning when first getting up or after bouts of inactivity. You may find that with exercise your symptoms dissipate only to return immediately after.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Most individuals who know that they have plantar fasciitis can treat the problem on their own with rest and home care. This includes icing, elevating and taking pain relievers; however, sometimes more aggressive care and treatment are needed if symptoms persist or become chronic. Treatment options include custom orthotics, physical therapy and EPAT Treatments.
When should I see a doctor?
Our Avon, CT, foot doctor has handled a lot of acute and chronic plantar fasciitis cases and can help you if you find that at-home care just isn’t enough to get your symptoms under control. You should see a podiatrist immediately if you are experiencing severe pain and swelling, if there is numbness or tingling in the heel, or if severe heel pain is the result of an injury.
You should also schedule an appointment with us if heel pain lasts weeks despite home care and rest, or if heel pain occurs even when you aren’t putting weight on the foot.
If heel pain is keeping you from enjoying your morning run or playing with your kids, then call Avon Podiatry Associates today at (860) 677-7733. We provide comprehensive foot and ankle care to patients living in and around Avon, CT.
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