Posts for: October, 2018
Heel pain is a common issue that affects many people. However, becoming familiar with the causes of heel pain and being able to spot them early can help you get to the root of your heel problem to find the diagnosis and treatment you need. Find out more about spotting heel pain and learn some common causes of this condition with Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists with locations in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL.
What causes heel pain?
Though heel pain can come from many sources, there are some common conditions which can contribute to its development. If you have heel pain, you may experience difficulty standing for a long period of time or even standing on the affected foot at all. Walking may also become more problematic, especially as the condition worsens. These symptoms are often worse in the morning and improve upon activity. Common causes of heel pain often include:
- plantar fasciitis
- bone spur
- heel spur
- heel pad damage
- tarsal tunnel syndrome
- pinched nerve
- stress fractures
How will my doctor diagnose heel pain?
Your foot doctor uses a physical examination to search for abnormalities or symptoms of underlying conditions. In some cases, they may use an x-ray or MRI to explore the inner workings of the foot. From there, your podiatrist makes a diagnosis and begins to craft a specialized treatment plan depending on your diagnosis and its severity.
Heel Pain Treatments in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL
Treating heel pain depends on several factors: the severity of your pain, your podiatrist’s diagnosis, any underlying conditions, and your lifestyle. Your doctor looks at the whole picture to begin creating your treatment. Treatment often begins with at-home and over-the-counter remedies. If these mild solutions fail to provide results, your doctor may suggest prescription medications, physical therapy, injection therapy, or a Topaz minimally invasive procedure. Your foot doctor will help you find the best solution to your heel pain.
For more information on heel pain and its causes, please contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists with locations in Elgin, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Huntley, and Chicago, IL. Call to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!
Elgin, IL: (847) 468-1994
Crystal Lake, IL: (815) 356-0500
Schaumburg, IL: (847) 352-0200
Huntley, IL: (815) 356-0500
Chicago, IL: (773) 836-9900
Foot and ankle injuries among young athletes tend to increase during the fall sports season. Football, soccer and basketball are the sports most likely to lead to sprains, broken bones and other problems. Follow these six tips to help protect your children from serious foot and ankle injuries this fall:
- Treat foot and ankle injuries right away. What seems like a sprain is not always a sprain. In addition to cartilage injuries, your child might have injured other bones in the foot without knowing it. Schedule an appointment with our office if you suspect your child has a foot or ankle injury. The sooner treatment starts, the sooner long-term instability or arthritis can be prevented and the sooner your child can get back into the game.
- Have a foot and ankle surgeon check old sprains before the season starts. A checkup at our office can reveal whether your child’s previously injured foot or ankle might be vulnerable to sprains and could possibly benefit from wearing a supportive brace during competition.
- Buy the right shoe for the sport. Different sports require different shoe gear. Players should not mix baseball cleats with football shoes.
- Children should start the season with new shoes. Old shoes can wear down and become uneven on the bottom, causing the ankle to tilt because the foot cannot lie flat.
- Check playing fields for dips, divots and holes. Most sports-related foot and ankle sprains are caused by jumping and running on uneven surfaces. This is why some surgeons recommend parents walk the field, especially when children compete in nonprofessional settings like public parks, for spots that could catch a player’s foot. Alert coaching officials to any irregularities.
- Encourage stretching and warmup exercises. Calf stretches and light jogging before competition help warm up ligaments and blood vessels, reducing the risk for foot and ankle injuries.
If you would like a foot and ankle surgeon to evaluate your child’s feet, ankles or athletic shoes before fall sports season begins, contact our office to schedule an appointment.