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Protect your feet from heel pain by following these simple, everyday tips.
Heel pain is incredibly common, as most people will deal with this problem at some point during their lifetime. Fortunately, at Affiliates in Podiatry in Concord and Meredith, NH, we're here to help. Read on to learn of some ways to prevent heel pain from occurring to you.
Wear Properly Fitted and Appropriate Shoes
While you may love sporting high heels or whatever shoes are in season, the problem is that many dress shoes don’t provide feet with enough support. It’s important that you are shopping for the right shoes for your chosen sport or profession. For example, nurses and people who are on their feet most of the day need to wear shoes that provide ample cushioning and support. The type of sport you play will also determine the type of athletic footwear you’ll need to wear.
Take time to truly find the right shoes for your lifestyle and activity level. Talk to a shoe specialist at your local shoe store, who can measure your feet and provide you with recommendations.
Consider Custom Orthotics
While finding the right shoes can provide your feet, particularly your heels, with support and cushioning, it’s also important to reduce shock absorption. Whether you are prone to heel pain or not, our Concord, NH, foot doctors can examine your feet and determine whether you could benefit from customized shoe inserts. These inserts are fashioned to your feet providing you with additional support and shock absorption to reduce your risk for plantar fasciitis.
Slowly Amp Up Workouts
If you run or workout, it’s particularly important that you are listening to your feet and not putting them through too much stress and abuse. That’s why it’s important to incorporate new workouts gradually, rather than immediately increasing miles, speed, or intensity. If you suddenly go from running on a treadmill to running outdoor trails, you will need to decrease your mileage until your feet become accustomed to the rocky, uneven terrain.
It’s also important to incorporate rest days into your weekly workout routine, especially if you’re someone who participates in high-impact or high-intensity sports. Cross-training is key to reducing heel pain and injury, so make sure that you are adding low-impact workouts such as swimming or biking into the mix.
Our Concord and Meredith Meredith, NH, offices are now opened during the pandemic. The doctors are treating heel pain and providing comprehensive foot and ankle care at this time. Affiliates in Podiatry is also providing telemedicine visits, so patients can still get care from a medical professional without leaving the house. We also offer curbside pickup of supplies and orders. To schedule an appointment or telemedicine visit please call our Concord, NH, office at (603) 225-5281 or our Meredith office at (603) 279-0330
The arches of the feet play a role in supporting your body’s weight when standing or in motion. The tarsal and metatarsal bones make up the arches of the feet, also receiving additional support and stability from tendons and ligaments; however, our feet, like the rest of our body, can be affected by infections, disorders, and structural changes that can impact not only the health of our feet but also our mobility. It’s important to recognize the warning signs of arch problems so you know when you to see a podiatrist.
Arch Pain Causes
If you are dealing with arch pain it is most likely caused by an injury or by structural abnormalities in the foot. For example, those with very high arches as well as those with flat feet may experience arch problems due to these common structural issues.
As a result, there are other factors that could also lead to further arch problems including:
- Being overweight or obese
- Plantar fasciitis
- Cavus foot
- Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
It’s important to understand a little bit more about these common foot disorders and how they could affect the arches of your feet.
This condition that causes inflammation and microtears in the plantar fascia is also the most common cause of heel pain. Of course, because the plantar fascia (a ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone) also supports the arches of the feet this can also lead to arch pain. This condition is usually the result of overuse and is seen most often in runners. If you have plantar fasciitis it’s important to avoid physical activities until the fascia has fully healed.
This condition, which affects the structure of the foot, leads to excessively high arches. People who’ve had a stroke, as well as people with certain conditions such as cerebral palsy may be more likely to develop cavus foot. This problem causes arch pain when standing or walking and can increase the risk for ankle injuries. Your podiatrist may choose to treat cavus foot through custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts), bracing, or by recommending specialized and supportive footwear.
Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction
The posterior tibial tendon runs from the calf muscles to the inner portion of the foot. This condition leads to changes in the tendon, which in turn affects its ability to support the arches of the foot. Flat feet can be caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, and this is often the cause of flat feet that develop in adulthood. Like the other conditions above, treatment for PTTD usually involves bracing, orthotics, or providing custom devices that provide additional support to the arches of the feet.
If you are experiencing foot pain, swelling or other problems that affect mobility then it’s time that you turned to a podiatrist for care. Conditions and injuries that don’t respond to rest and at-home care may require more advanced treatments and therapies.
There are 52 bones in your feet and ankles, which means that feet contain about 25 percent of the bones in our bodies. Our feet also contain about 20-25 percent of the total joints in our body; therefore, it’s not too surprising to find out that your feet and ankles are unfortunately more likely to deal with tendon and joint pain at some point, whether through injury or certain conditions such as arthritis. When pain and other foot problems arise it’s important that you have a podiatrist you can turn to.
Common Causes of Tendon and Joint Pain in the Feet
Tendons are soft tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. Everything from overuse and foot injuries to structural imbalances can lead to pain. Common causes of tendon and joint pain include:
- Tendonitis: inflammation of the tendon caused by injury or overuse
- Sprains and strains: a common but usually minor foot and ankle injury, typically caused by physical activity
- Arthritis: a chronic, progressive condition that leads to joint pain, stiffness, and damage (osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis to affect feet and ankles)
- Obesity: being overweight or obese can also put excessive pressure on the joints and tendons of your feet and ankles, leading to pain and other problems
Treating Tendon and Joint Pain
Visiting a podiatrist is the best choice you can make if you are dealing with severe, persistent, or new foot and ankle pain. Since some conditions can get worse without proper care and rest it’s important to find out what’s causing your pain so you know how to effectively treat it.
If you are dealing with pain caused by a sports injury or strain it’s a good idea to see a medical professional so you know the extent of the injury. More severe sprains may require protective boots or crutches to reduce the amount of weight being placed on the injured ankle or foot.
Arthritis is also a surprisingly common cause of foot pain. If you notice joint pain and stiffness that affects functionality, range of motion and mobility in your feet then you could be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis can get worse without treatment, it is important that you work with your pediatrician and a team of medical professionals to determine the best medications and course of action to help manage your foot pain and to prevent permanent joint damage.
If you are experiencing foot pain it’s important to see a qualified medical professional that can determine the best way to treat your symptoms. Call your podiatrist today for a comprehensive evaluation.
Heel pain is an irritating, exhausting nuisance that hinders one's mobility and interferes with people's ability capacity to perform simple daily tasks. If you have sharp stabbing heel pain, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Your Meredith and Concord, NH, podiatrist, Dr.William McCann, specializes in treatments for plantar fasciitis, most of which are non-invasive.
How We Can Help Your Plantar Fasciitis
The first step with plantar fasciitis is to cut down on strenuous overuse of your feet and heels, especially barefoot or with shoes that do not support the fascia tissue located at the arc of the foot. Do this by choosing shoes that support the arch of the foot to relieve some heel pain.
The next more active steps to relieve pain involves stretching the fascia muscles and applying the RICE method: rest your feet, ice the heel to alleviate the inflammation, control the pain using over-the-counter medicine to reduce inflammation, and elevate your feet.
What if those methods don't work?
If the above doesn't work, the next stage is applying specialized devices to the foot, such as night splints, which keep the foot tissues extended to relieve common morning heel pain or a walking cast to ensure the foot doesn't move and cause further irritation. Place pads in shoes to reduce shock and impact on the foot, or straps to keep the foot more secure while walking.
Orthotic devices, which your Meredith and Concord podiatrist can customize-make for you, may be placed in the shoes to correct irregularities, which may be the true cause of soreness.
Contacting your Podiatrist
If pain persists despite these treatments, Affiliates in Podiatry located In Meredith and Concord, NH, can provide more involved procedures such as corticosteroid injections in the foot to cut down on inflammation and ease pain. And, while surgery is rare, that is an option available as well. Make sure you contact Dr. William McCann for more information by calling (603) 279-0330 for our office in Mereditch, NH, or (603) 225-5281 in Concord, NH, today!
How your podiatrists in Concord, NH, can help with an ingrown toenail
If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, then you know how painful the issue can be. Walking, standing, and even putting on shoes can be excruciating. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help relieve ingrown toenail pain and help your toes be healthy again.
Here at Affiliates in Podiatry in Concord, and Meredith, NH, your podiatrists offer a wide range of foot care services including treatment for ingrown toenails. Read on to learn more!
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail is a toenail that has grown down into the skin surrounding it.
How do I know if I have an ingrown toenail?
Some common symptoms include toe pain and pressure from fluid building up underneath your toenail, and a toenail that is dark and swollen.
What can cause an ingrown toenail?
Ingrown toenails can be caused by wearing narrow shoes that crush your toes together. They can also be caused by cutting your toenails too short so as your toenail grows, it grows downward into the skin. You are also at greater risk of ingrown toenails if your toenails naturally curve under.
What can I do to treat an ingrown toenail?
You can try a few home remedies including soaking your toe several times during the day, placing dental floss underneath your toenail to gently push the toenail out of your skin, and wearing open shoes or sandals until your toe heals.
How can my podiatrist help with an ingrown toenail?
Your podiatrist can offer several effective treatments for an ingrown toenail including trimming off the ingrown part of your toenail, gently lifting and separating your toenail from the skin around it, or in severe cases, removing the toenail to allow a healthy toenail to grow.
Need relief? Give us a call
These are just a few frequently asked questions about ingrown toenails. To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of ingrown toenails, call the podiatrists here at Affiliates in Podiatry, with offices in Concord, and Meredith, NH. For Concord, dial (603)-225-5281, and for Meredith, dial (603)-279-0330.