Friday, 19 May 2017 14:39

What is This Heel Pain?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain (also known as Jogger’s Heel or Plantar Fasciopathy) is a common foot ailment that affects millions of people each year. The band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot (your Plantar Fascia) becomes inflamed or irritated causing pain in your heel or stiffness in your foot. A few common factors that affect Plantar Fasciitis are having extremely high arches, being obese or having very tight calf muscles.  Lowering your weight if you are obese, or doing fewer repetitive impact movements such as in running or sports, may help decrease your risk of developing this condition. Stretching your calf muscles frequently is also extremely helpful to promote flexibility between your calves, shins, and feet.  

 

Treatment

For Plantar Fasciitis, whether it’s mild or severe, it is best to consult with your podiatrist before attempting to treat yourself. However, here are a few things you can do to get the healing process started before your appointment.

 

  • Rest - Stay off of your feet as much as possible and eliminate any movements that involve repetitive stress on your heels.
  • Ice - Roll a bottle of ice from your toes to your heels, and back to your toes for 20 minutes at a time, up to 3-4 times a day.
  • Stretch - Stretch your calves and your Plantar Fascia multiple times a day. Start in the morning (usually when the pain is most severe) before you get ready for the day.
  • Shoe Inserts - Insert silicone or gel cushions in your shoes to help support your arches and reduce tension from every step. Custom orthotics (shoe inserts) although more expensive, can also be very helpful.

Plantar Fasciitis can take many months to heal. If the above options do not help, more aggressive treatment can be prescribed. Here at Foot & Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ, P.C., Dr. Abrams has been treating patients with podiatric ailments since 1997 and can provide excellent treatment options to speed up your recovery. 

Preventing Relapse

Although there is no guarantee that Plantar Fasciitis will not strike again, it can be stopped before it becomes full blown. Even if there is only mild pain it is always good to prevent the symptoms from getting worse by immediately implementing the above treatments.  The faster you can recognize that something is wrong, the less damage will have been done, and the faster you will be able to heal. For any additional questions you may have about how you can treat your Plantar Fasciitis, please feel free to contact us or make an appointment at one of our convenient locations in Eatontown or Toms River NJ.

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 14:01

Children’s Common Foot and Ankle Problems

When one thinks of reasons to visit the podiatrist, usually older people or adults come to mind as the ones who would most need help with their feet.  We think of elderly people, primarily affiliated with foot issues.  Things like bunions, corns, hammertoes… these come to mind as burdens that that we think commonly just effect the elderly.  Issues like athlete’s foot, fungal toenails, and most foot problems only happen to adults, right?

This is not always the case.  Children have problems with their feet and legs, too.  Usually, though, they aren’t too serious and either go away on their own or can be corrected by special shoe orthotic inserts.  One common problem that kids have is flatfeet.  This is a condition in which the feet don’t have a proper arch to them.  Usually this means more of the person’s foot surface is in contact with ground- but this isn’t such a bad thing, as typically flatfeet don’t cause pain or problems but should be monitored throughout their growing years.

Another issue kids have is knock-knees.  Knock knees is a condition where the legs curve in at the knees so much that they could cause the ankles problems. In most cases the body self-corrects around age 6, straightening naturally, and within a few years after, most kids can stand with their knees and ankles resuming the correct positioning. If this does occur beyond age 6, it would be a good idea to see Dr. Abrams.

Kids can also experience conditions such as Pigeon Toes or Bowlegs.  Pigeon toes is a common foot condition in kids, in which they have inwardly turning toes.  This also tends to correct itself naturally without any medical treatment.  Good news, right?!  Bowlegs refers to when someone stands with the feet and ankles together but the knees are widely apart.  Many babies are born bowlegged because in utero their legs were folded tightly across their bellies.  This condition works itself out, usually, when babies start to walk and their legs bear weight.  More good news is that by age 3, most kids outgrow this condition too! 

Other foot and ankle problems kids experience are:  Athlete’s foot, blisters and foot and ankle sprains or breaks.  Obviously with these conditions, you should see your podiatrist ASAP.  Dr. Eric Abrams has two convenient locations in Central NJ for you to visit.  Call Dr. Abrams with any foot or ankle issues you or your kids may be having!  

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Thursday, 30 March 2017 16:33

Lower Back Pain and Foot Pressure

Do you find that your lower back hurts you a lot?  Many people, no matter what kind of health they are in, suffer from this affliction.  Mechanical low back pain (LBP) is a very common, expensive, and significant health issue we see in the western world.  Many doctors feel that foot pressure is directly correlated to lower back issues.  Functional musculoskeletal conditions are widely thought to cause mechanical low back pain.

However, the role of foot posture and leg length discrepancy in contributing to abnormal biomechanics of the lower back region (lumbopelvic region) has been found to be insufficiently investigated in the medical world.  Some reviewers have, however, examined the evidence for the association between foot function- particularly pronation, and mechanical LBP.  They have found that there is a body of evidence to support the notion that foot posture, particularly hyper pronation, is associated with mechanical low back pain!

It has been investigated as to whether or not the use of foot orthoses play a valuable role in the treatment of this condition.  At the offices of Dr. Eric Abrams, we see many patients suffering from lower back pain, as well as foot pain.  A lot of the time, overweight people and pregnant women are the biggest sufferers.  However, people who spend a lot of time on their feet tend to suffer from not only foot and ankle issues, but lower back pain, as well.

It is one of those annoying afflictions, as it tends to be chronic, but is sometimes more or less painful depending on the day.  Many people don’t realize that their feet are causing this lower back pain.  However, we have found there is often a direct correlation between LBP and foot issues. 

Sometimes, it is an easier fix than the person realizes, too!  A lot of the time, people are simply wearing unsupportive or ill-fitting shoes- and this is the culprit!  Dr. Abrams has had great success in treating this condition with the use of foot orthoses.  He has two convenient central NJ locations to be seen at.  By seeing your podiatrist, you give yourself the gift of not only more comfortable feet, but a more comfortable body, overall- especially when you are amongst the many out there with chronic lower back pain!  Don’t wait, a more comfortable you is simply a phone call away!

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