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Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

Why Does My Heel Hurt?

Heel pain is a common foot condition. It can happen for a variety of reasons and generally causes severe pain and discomfort. Plantar fasciitis is a foot ailment that affects the plantar fascia. This is defined as the band of tissue that connects the toes to the heels and is found on the bottom of the foot. An injury can cause the plantar fascia to become torn or irritated, and many patients will seek medical attention for relief. People who have endured an Achilles tendon injury may have heel pain at the point where the Achilles tendon connects to the calf muscles. Children and young teenagers who participate in sporting activities may develop Sever’s disease. This is a foot condition that affects the growth plate in the heel, and temporarily stopping the activity that caused the condition may bring mild relief. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer treatment methods that are correct for you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 25 May 2023 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

People with flat feet who enjoy running may experience challenges in finding the right running shoe. There are several factors to consider when deciding which type of shoe to purchase. These can consist of the gait cycle, the individual foot, and the range of motion. Some people have collapsed arches that can cause their feet to become flat due to muscle weakness. Patients with flat feet may opt for a shoe that has additional arch support to help the foot regain strength. Adults who have anatomically flat feet may choose a shoe without arch support, which may help to protect the knees. Research has shown that many flat-footed runners may feel better when stability shoes are worn, even though they may not help to correct the foot structure. Wearing a full-contact midsole shoe may help to protect the entire foot while running, therefore, these shoes are a popular choice among people who have flat feet. If you have flat feet and would like more information about what type of running shoes to purchase, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the best choice.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

What Causes the Ankle to Lock?

The ankle is a complex and hard-working joint that bears multiple times the weight of your body with each step. It also is tasked with swiveling and flexing in three directions, a combined effort of the talus bone in the ankle and the tibia bone in the leg. Sometimes an ankle sprain or other condition will stop the joint from doing its work, and the ankle joint seems to lock up. This might be the result of a chip of bone or fragment of cartilage that is caught between the two bones. It can feel like gravel is in the ankle joint, and it is common among younger athletes. In other cases, diminished blood flow to the joint may result in the cartilage drying out, which affects the motion of the joint. Symptoms include prolonged ankle pain, swelling, and instability of the ankle joint. If you are experiencing this type of ankle pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.  

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

Why Do Blisters Develop?

Many people enjoy walking and may be concerned about blisters developing on their feet. Blisters produce pain and discomfort and may also cause the gait, or walking style, to change. Blisters are often caused by excess friction due to the shoes and socks that are worn. A common place they develop is on the back of the heel as the foot rubs against the shoe. With enough friction, a bubble forms that is filled with a protective liquid to protect the damaged skin. The bubble will gradually drain as new skin forms under it, and a bandage may be worn to help prevent it from popping prematurely. There may be existing medical conditions, like psoriasis and eczema, that can cause a blister to form. Frostbite, extreme sunburn, or an allergic reaction to an insect bite may also result in a blister. If you would like to learn about effective blister prevention methods, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of DeCaro Total Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in West Hatfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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