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By Atlanta Foot Care Center
March 15, 2018
Category: Heel pain
Tags: Heel pain  

Heel Pain can cause significant roadblocks to everyday activities. This can be annoying; very annoying. We use our heels for every step we take and it bears a good portion of weight from the rest of the body. The plantar fascia is a muscle that joins the heel bone to the toes and can play an important role in mobility. Plantar fasciitis occurs as this ligament is stressed and thereafter swells up. As this all happens, mobility becomes severely hindered and routine activities suddenly become strained and out of reach. This condition has a higher chance of occurring when walking with feet turned inwardly, keeping weight on the heel for long periods of time or utilizing shoes that are tight and do not fit correctly.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • Relaxing the heel for extended periods of time can lead to long-lasting relief.
  • Using ice therapy to alleviate inflammation.
  • Physical therapy to ease ligaments and the plantar fascia so that heel pain can be condensed.
  • Using shoe inserts, cushioning and orthotics to help redistribute pressure along the foot so that the heel will bear less stress over long periods of time or during periods of short, high-intensity activities.
  • Losing weight can lead to significant reductions of pressure applied to the heel, as well as a variety of other health benefits.
  • Use of medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.

Heel pain is a drag on your everyday activities and when severe, can cause debilitating pain. At Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., can help to focus on the cause of your heel pain and treat it with the latest advancements podiatry has to offer. Therefore, we recommend that you call our office at (404) 355-4522 to schedule an appointment today. We will provide you with comprehensive treatment plans that can help your feet recover from this condition and give you a great chance at avoiding it from coming back in the future!

By Atlanta Foot Care Center
January 31, 2018
Category: Heel pain
Tags: heel spurs  

Heel Spurs are bony expansions of the heel bone that occur because of swelling at the heel. They can be found at the back/bottom of the heel or on the sole of the foot. Heel spurs that occur at the hind of the heel form at that location due to inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which itself can cause complications. This, as you can imagine, causes pain behind the heel; however, if this condition happens on the sole of the foot, it is likely due to the plantar fascia being swollen. Plantar heel spurs can be tender at the beginning stages but can actually get even more painful when placing pressure on the heel if treatment is not sought when pain begins to become noticeable.  Contributing factors that increase the chances of this condition forming are obesity, poorly fitting shoes, and an uneven heel.

Treatment for this condition involves:

  • The use of anti-inflammatories to counteract pain that stems from the bottom of the foot to decrease swelling and pain.
  • Ice therapy for swelling of the heel.
  • Compression through bandaging the heel.
  • Exercising and physical therapy to stimulate muscles in the foot.
  • Heel cushions to alleviate pain.
  • Utilizing shoes that fit correctly.
  • Custom made orthotics that line to the contours of your feet so that pressure can be routed away from the heel to other areas of the foot.
  • Minimally invasive surgical procedures that will require the foot to be in a cast to allow for proper healing.

Although heel spurs can be managed, they can become a significant impediment to mobility or accomplishing routine tasks if not treated timely. The heel is used in many movements and this condition can cause many complications. Please contact us to receive treatment that can alleviate your heel pain right away. Here at Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., can help to restore your heel to its optimal condition! So, make an appointment today by calling our office at (404) 355-4522.

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