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By Dr. Florin Costache
June 24, 2019
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel PainBetween daily walking, jogging, and standing at our jobs, our feet can take quite a beating day in and day out. However, even the most resilient feet can reach a breaking point. Accordingly, if you have been dealing with heel pain, it’s important to know what’s going on and when it’s time to visit our Denver podiatrists, Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick, in order to avoid making a foot condition worse.

What is causing my heel pain?

There are several conditions that could be to blame for your heel pain. The most common causes include,

  • Plantar fasciitis (caused by overuse)
  • Achilles tendonitis (caused by overuse)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Heel spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Reactive arthritis

Heel pain can be the result of inflammation due to overworked/overstretched ligaments or tendons in the foot, as is the case with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Sports and work-related injuries can also lead to strains, sprains, and fractures, all of which result in heel pain. Long-term conditions, such as arthritis, can often make heel pain and stiffness worsen over time, as well.

When should I see a doctor?

While minor heel pain may go away on its own with simple at-home care such as resting, icing, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers, it’s important that you seek proper medical attention from our Denver foot doctors if your symptoms are severe enough to affect your daily routine or if symptoms aren’t responding to conservative treatment options.

If you’ve never had heel pain before, it’s also a good idea to come into our office so that we can make a definitive diagnosis so that you can get the treatment you need to heal properly.

How is heel pain treated?

As we mentioned earlier, minor inflammatory conditions can usually be managed with simple at-home care. If this doesn’t work, your podiatrist may recommend bracing or wrapping the foot to improve ankle support. Ultrasound, shockwave therapy, or corticosteroid injections may be recommended to ease chronic inflammatory forms of heel pain.

Fractures or severe injuries may also require physical therapy or a protective boot. Chronic conditions such as arthritis will require more long-term monitoring, as well as medications and lifestyle modifications that can slow the progression of the disease and prevent long-term damage to the joints of the foot and ankle.

Contact us

If you are dealing with persistent or recurring heel pain, call Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, today to schedule an appointment. Our number is (303) 355-1695.

By Cherry Creek Foot Clinic
March 06, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
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 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!