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Our feet propel our bodies all over the place. They move us from place to place, they let us partake in sports, and they keep up balanced and stable. The way we move and grove is often referred to as biomechanics. Biomechanics is both external and internal forces and how we use them to interact in our daily lives. These are the forces that get us moving and grooving on a regular basis. Because of biomechanics our body undergoes a great deal of stress to keep up chugging along. Our feet get the bulk of the pressure and stress caused by movement, and they often suffer because of it.
Shoes also cause foot and ankle problems when we use them. Not all shoes are made with good practices and fit in mind. Unfortunately, a lot of podiatrists, like Dr. Joseph Stuto, of Joseph Stuto, DPM in Brooklyn, New York have seen and dealt with many injuries due to the buildup of stress and pressure from biomechanics. High heels have a tendency to be too narrow, too high, and offer little to no support. Many patients end up with bunions, heel spurs and other problems while moving around I them. Flats are also another type of stylish shoe that can cause many types of foot problems including plantar fasciitis, calluses and corns. In order to stay moving and grooving it is important to find shoes that fit properly and offer ample amounts of support and stability.
Our genes also affect the way we move around and stay mobile. Those who have hereditary diseases, deformities or have a family history of foot pain are more likely to get the matching foot problems that their ancestors had. Not all foot problems are due to genetics though. So, before you go blaming your mom or dad be sure to check with a podiatrist first.
Are you having a hard time getting around? Do your feet and ankles ache after short periods of exercise? It may be time to be evaluated by Dr. Stuto. Dr. Stuto has had many years of practice as a podiatrist. His goal is to get you back to a healthy, happy you. Call 718-624-7537 or make an appointment online today.
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.
A heel spur can be caused by chronic plantar fasciitis or the inflammation of the plantar fascia. People suffering from plantar fasciitis have a high risk for developing a heel spur. However, heel spurs may also develop even without plantar fasciitis.
A heel spur is a small bony projection formed at the underside of the heel bone. This condition is commonly found in athletes, especially runners. The condition can be properly diagnosed through imaging procedures such as an X-ray. This is why heel spurs are hard to detect especially for people who don’t exhibit any symptoms.
It can only be seen through radiological tests such as an X-ray. This is the reason why this condition will go unnoticed, especially to patients who do not exhibit any symptoms. Dr. Joseph Stuto is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with heel spurs.
When to see a podiatrist
Patients suffering from plantar fasciitis even for those without a heel spur. They should consult his condition to a podiatrist or foot, leg and hip specialist to prevent from further complications. Those who are experiencing pain and swelling of the joints must immediately see a podiatrist for immediate treatment. A podiatrist is in the best position to properly asses, make a treatment plan and prescribe edication to the patient.
Treating Heel Spurs
The first step in treating heel spurs is immediate rest and inflammation control. But this only relieves the symptoms and not treat the condition. However, heel spurs that limit the activities of a patient may require surgical removal. The podiatrist may suggest surgical treatments such as:
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy
- Gastrocnemius release
- Endoscopic Plantar Fascial Release
Pros and Cons of Heel Spur Removal
Most heel spurs are asymptomatic and don’t cause pain. A podiatrist may recommend heel spurs surgery if a patient reports severe pain. One major benefit of heel spur removal is it eliminates symptoms and pain. Complications include soft tissue damage and nerve damage.
Heel Spur Management
Foot related conditions require wearing appropriate foot wear. A podiatrist may recommend wearing appropriate foot wear for managing heel spurs. They might also recommend weight management to decrease the pressure on the ligaments, tendons and bones of the feet.
Heel management may include:
- Proper stretching and exercise
- RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation
- Wear arch supports
- Take anti-inflammatory medications, only if prescribed by the podiatrist