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By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
October 08, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Because you move around so much in the course of an average day, you might not notice heel pain until it starts to ache and throb intensely and continuously. At that point, there’s likely an underlying cause that you must resolve with the help of a foot doctor. Learn the causes of heel pain so that you can stop it in its tracks with the help of a podiatrist at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO.

Possible Heel Pain Causes
As often as you may use your feet, it isn’t normal to feel pain in the heels that makes you want to sit down urgently. These are some of the most common causes of heel pain in patients:

  • Plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that’s attached to your heel bone).
  • Flat feet (lack of an arch puts a strain on the heel).
  • Heel spurs (usually caused by plantar fasciitis symptoms).
  • Calluses from friction with the back of a shoe.

Treating Heel Pain
Your Denver, CO podiatrist will explore conservative treatments for heel pain including:

  • Physical therapy, foot exercises, and training for proper walking and lifting techniques.
  • NSAID medications for pain and inflammation.
  • Creating a set of custom orthotic devices.
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT).
  • Surgery for persistent cases.

Heel Pain Prevention Tips
Heel pain can be prevented by simply paying more attention to the condition and function of your feet. Notice how your feet land on the ground when you take a step or run. Pay attention to how they feel when you’re wearing certain shoes. If you’re required to spend a long period of time on your feet each day for work, pamper your feet at night with a massage and soak in warm water. Make adjustments to your footwear as needed and wear the orthotics prescribed by your doctor every day.

Make Heel Pain Go Away
Once heel pain starts to become a major distraction in your life, it’s time to seek the assistance of a podiatrist. Call (303) 355-1695 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
June 14, 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 Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
May 11, 2017
Category: Podiatric Issues

What your podiatrist in Denver wants you to knowheel pain

Heel pain can be difficult to live with and keep you from the activities of your life. It can also be a symptom of a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Fortunately, both heel pain and plantar fasciitis can be effectively treated by your podiatrist. Dr. Lorry Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, wants to share the facts about heel pain and plantar fasciitis.

Some of the common symptoms of heel pain and plantar fasciitis include:

  • Sharp pain on the bottom of your heel
  • Aching pain in the arch of your foot
  • Increasing pain when you stand up
  • Increasing pain over a long period of time

You can get heel pain from stepping on sharp stones or objects, producing a heel bruise. You might also have a bone spur in your heel caused by excess calcium deposits or ligament and muscle strain. Heel pain can also be caused by flat feet or high impact activities like aerobics, running or tennis. You are at higher risk of experiencing heel pain if you have diabetes, are overweight, pregnant or you wear tight shoes or high heels.

Heel pain is sharp, sudden and can be excruciating. To avoid heel pain always wear the right shoes for the activity you are doing. Shoes should be supportive, providing adequate cushioning for the bottom of your feet.

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue running across your heel becomes inflamed. This thick band, known as the plantar fascia, becomes swollen, producing throbbing, aching pain. Plantar fasciitis is very common in runners and is caused from overpronation, or rolling your feet inward. You are at higher risk of plantar fasciitis if you are diabetic or overweight.

You can try to treat heel pain and plantar fasciitis at home by following a few simple tips. You can try:

  • Stretching your arches several times each day
  • Resting and relieving the weight on your feet

Professional heel pain and plantar fasciitis treatments available at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic include:

  • Prescription medications to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Custom-fit orthotics, heel wedges and footwear for support
  • Physical therapy exercises to increase flexibility
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

Don’t get sidelined by heel pain or plantar fasciitis. Help is just a phone call away from Dr. Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO. Call today and get some relief for your feet!

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
April 21, 2016
Category: Podiatric Issues

Foot pain can be extremely frustrating. Staying off your feet to recover can be nearly impossible, particularly if you have a job that foot painrequires extended periods of standing. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, Dr. Lorry A. Melnick sees many patients daily who suffer from foot pain. One of the most common causes, plantar fasciitis, is discussed here.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common problem seen by your Denver podiatrist. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue that runs along the inside of the foot between the heel and the base of the toes. The pain from plantar fasciitis is thought to be a breakdown in the structure of this tissue; this disintegration has a variety of causes. Many people who deal with plantar fasciitis run or jog frequently, especially those who have started this type of exercise without proper training. Occupations which require a lot of standing can also lead to plantar fasciitis (which explains the alternate term "policeman's heel"). Obesity, which places unnecessary stress on the feet and legs, can also contribute to plantar fasciitis. Although plantar fasciitis usually only affects one foot, approximately a third of the patients seen by your Denver podiatrist report pain in both feet.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

After discussing your symptoms and medical history with Dr. Melnick, your Denver podiatrist, he may have you perform a few exercises to evaluate the movement of your foot. X-rays may be needed to rule out any other causes - fractures or arthritis, for example. If plantar fasciitis is diagnosed, you will likely begin a series of at-home exercises, rest and lifestyle changes to help manage the pain and heal the area. Most patients will recover within six months of following their doctors' orders; a few may need further treatment, including steroid injections or surgery, to find relief.

If you've been experiencing foot pain, you don't have to suffer with it any longer. Call Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver to set up an evaluation with Dr. Lorry Melnick today!

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
November 20, 2015
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

A sore, painful heel--it's no fun, and it's important to get to the source of the problem so you can get back to your normal daily routine. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, Lorry A. Melnick DPM believes education about common foot problems, such as heel pain, empowers Heel Pain patients with self-care strategies and the ability to seek treatment when necessary.

Causes of Heel Pain

Your heel may hurt for many reasons--a sudden injury, a chronic inflammatory condition or age-related deterioration. In his Denver office, Dr. Melnick sees some common causes of foot pain focused on the heel. They include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • gout
  • Achilles tendon rupture and inflammation
  • bursitis
  • stress fractures
  • heel spurs

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the broad band of connective tissue between the heel bone and the base of the toes gets inflamed due to over use, poorly fitting shoes, or simply being on your feet too long. Women who wear high heels and overweight individuals experience this foot pain more frequently. The pain is intense just after getting out of bed and usually lessens after some use.

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, physicians and podiatrists often prescribe various stretching exercises to relieve pain and increase function. When severe, the plantar fascia may need surgical release or anti-inflammatory injections.

Achilles tendon inflammation affects many athletes, particularly runners--both professional and amateur. An aching pain, along the sides of the tendon that runs from the calf muscle to the heel, characterizes this overuse injury. With repeated injury, the tendon degenerates and becomes enlarged and chronically painful. Orthotics, rest and other home care , and sometimes surgery and physical therapy ease this painful condition.

Self-care

Heel pain lessens when the injured person applies this 4-step care plan:

Rest the limb. In other words, stay off your feet as much as possible.

Ice the area. A bag of frozen vegetables conforms to the foot. Do this several times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

Compression in the form of an ace bandage or other first aid wrap controls painful swelling.

Elevate the foot above the level of the heart when resting.

What to Do

Always call your primary physician or Cherry Creek Foot Clinic if you injure your foot and the pain you experience is sudden and severe. Apply the RICE intervention while you are on your way to the office.

If your heel pain is mild to moderate and more or less chronic, brought on by over exertion or just standing too long, apply the self-care regimen. If, however, when pain persists for a week or more, call Dr. Melnick in his Denver office for an appointment. He will examine your foot and take x-rays and other imaging as needed to determine the source of your foot pain. The Cherry Creek Foot Clinic number is (303) 355-1695.