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Are you suffering from heel spurs and/or plantar fasciitis?  If you are, you are probably more than familiar with the intermittent or chronic pain associated with these conditions.  These conditions are especially exacerbated by jogging, running, or walking long distances.  Especially, if inflammation develops at the point of the spur formation.  The cause of the pain is not necessarily the heel spur itself, but the soft-tissue injury associated with it.  

 

Many people describe the pain of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis as a knife or pin sticking into the bottom of their feet when they first stand up in the morning!  OUCH!!  They say the pain then turns into a dull ache as the day goes on.  They also say that the sharp pain tends to return after they stand up after having been sitting for a prolonged period of time.  One would think that rest would be helpful for heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, however, many people say that the pain is the worst AFTER A NIGHT’S SLEEP!  So, what can you do to get rid of this cumbersome pain?  Here are some non-surgical treatments your podiatrist can recommend:

 

  • Wearing different types of shoes… we can give shoe recommendations for minimizing heel pressure
  • Various stretching exercises
  • Shoe inserts or orthotic devices
  • Physical therapy
  • Taping or strapping to rest stressed muscles and tendons
  • Injecting a cortisteroid in the area of inflammation

 

More than 90 percent of people get better with non-surgical treatments, so rest assured, this is usually the case!  For future reference, you can try to prevent heel spurs by wearing well-fitting shoes with shock-absorbent soles, supportive heel counters, and rigid shanks.  Also, be sure to choose appropriate shoes for each physical activity, and do appropriate warm-up and stretching exercises before each activity.  Call Dr. Joseph Stuto if you are experiencing recurrent heel pain, or are having any other foot or ankle issue.  He has 2 convenient Brooklyn locations available to see patients.  

    

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 01, 2017
Tags: Bunions   toenail fungus   hammertoes   calluses   corns   arthritis  

Are the years catching up with you?  Feeling not as sprightly these days?  Unfortunately, as we age, our feet bear the brunt of the years behind us, and the weight of our bodies, and the years catch up with us, in the form of foot pains and problems with foot health. As we get older, our foot health has more and more to do with our overall well-being…  And with the problems people face with foot pain as they get older, they find themselves in situations where foot issues can be debilitating.  Even if a person has never had foot issues in the past, decades of standing on your feet changes them, as the natural cushion of padding under the heel and the ball of the foot is lost.  The arches in the foot become less flexible, as they become flatter, and the ankles and joints become stiffer, and the whole foot gets longer and wider. 

 At the office of Dr. Stuto, we have many patients visit us more and more as they get older.  Feet issues and age seem to go hand-in-hand, actually.  Problems we see often with the elderly are: bunions, calluses and corns, hammertoes, toenail problems, foot problems related to diabetes, heel pain and Charlie-horses, & foot problems associated with arthritis.  We even see issues with arch pain, Achilles tendonitis, Tarsal tunnel syndrome, and Morton’s neuroma. 

The good news is that you don’t have to live with foot pain!  Dr. Stuto’s two convenient Brooklyn locations make it easy to get the help you need.  Don’t let foot pain keep you from your everyday activities!  Since being able to walk easily is such an important component of health, a foot disorder should not stand in your way.  Walking is one of the best ways to exercise and keep fit, as you age- never mind the wonderful mental health benefits this action brings, as well.  Many foot ailments are easily treatable, and relief is simply a phone call away.  Don’t let foot problems slow you down, contact Dr. Stuto  or request an appointment so he can get you back on your way to a healthy and happy lifestyle!