Posts for tag: Heel Pain

By Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists
December 29, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

What makes your evening walk difficult? If you're like about 20 million Americans, you suffer from persistent heel pain. While your heel heel painhurts more first thing in the morning, you rarely receive complete relief throughout the day. If you'd like to solve your heel pain problem, see your Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They help scores of people each year achieve pain-free feet for great mobility and overall well-being.

What statistics show

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that 90 percent of individuals with heel pain need simple, non-surgical interventions. In other words, only 10 percent require surgery. Aimed at relaxing and relieving tension on the broad ligament on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia), stretching, physical therapy and arch support help most people within 10 months of beginning treatment. Even individuals with heel spurs, small bony projections located on the front of the calcaneus, or heel bone, do well with minimally-invasive interventions from their foot doctors.

Causes of heel pain in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin

Most frequently, heel pain originates with overuse of the plantar fascia due to:

  • Sports such as running, tennis or basketball
  • Occupations which require long periods of time standing on your feet on hard surfaces, such as concrete
  • Overpronation of the foot which flattens the arch and irritates the connective tissue
  • Obesity
  • Flat feet (which can run in families)

Treatment of heel pain

Arthritis also leads to heel pain, but whatever the cause, our podiatrists will individualize a care plan to relieve it. They perform careful physical examinations of the feet and ankles, including X-rays, MRI, ultrasound and other kinds of imaging as required.

Recommendations for treatment of heel pain may include:

  • Stretching exercises for the calf muscles
  • Physical therapy
  • Supportive, quality shoes
  • Orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts and splints)
  • Cortisone injections
  • Topaz minimally invasive procedure

Less frequently, people with heel pain undergo surgical correction to release tension on the plantar fascia or to lengthen the calf muscles.

Please come to see us

Get your heel pain in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL pinpointed and treated. Call one of the five convenient locations of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today for a consultation appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists.

By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
July 21, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Does your heel hurt and feel stiff and swollen, especially when you get up in the morning? Does the pain worsen as you are on your feet heel painthroughout the day? Does the arch of your foot hurt, too? Heel pain, also called plantar fasciitis, is a common podiatric ailment, which your foot doctor treats successfully at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntly and Chicago, IL. Their podiatrists understand the underlying causes of this inflammatory condition and how to treat it. You can feel better and keep those active feet of yours moving.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain stems from any one or a combination of factors such as:

  • Obesity
  • Wearing shoes with poor support (such as inexpensive flip-flops)
  • Working a job where you stand a lot
  • Having high arches or flat feet
  • Advanced age

Unfortunately, the broad band of connective tissue between the heel bone and the base of the toes (the plantar fascia) is prone to stress and inflammation. Additionally, heel spurs, little bony projections at the front of the heel bone, often develop along with plantar fasciitis, increasing discomfort and limiting mobility.

What can be done about heel pain in Crystal Lake, Elgin, Schaumburg, Huntly and Chicago?

Actually, there are many ways to manage heel pain, and many are just plain common sense. Our podiatrists often advise:

  • Stretching exercises, especially first thing in the morning
  • Wearing shoes with good support and low heels
  • Resting, elevating and icing your feet when they hurt
  • Adding some padding to your shoes
  • Physical therapy

In addition, the foot doctor employs more complex therapies as necessary, including:

  • Custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics
  • Cortisone injections (an anti-inflammatory medication)
  • Ibuprofen as needed
  • Topaz minimally invasive procedure​

Wouldn't you like to feel better?

Of course, you would, and you can find an end to your heel pain. Just contact one of the convenient offices of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Your foot doctor quickly will determine what therapy is best for your heel pain. Call today. In Elgin, call (847) 468-1994. In Crystal Lake, phone (815) 356-0500, and in Schaumburg, (847) 352-0200. Our Huntley phone number is (815) 356-0500, and in Chicago, call (773) 836-9900.

By Advanced Foot And Ankle Specialists
May 25, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

What your podiatrists in Montclare, Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Schaumburg want you to know about your heel painheel pain

Heel pain can start with only mild symptoms which are easy to ignore. It may go away, or it may develop into more severe, debilitating pain. Heel pain can sideline you from the activities of your life, but there is help from the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They have several convenient office locations in Montclare, Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Schaumburg, IL, to help you and your feet.

Heel pain can be caused by cracks and fissures on your heel, resulting from dry skin. The best treatment is just to moisturize your heels daily and don’t forget the sunscreen in the summer!

Heel pain can also be caused by bruising, resulting from stepping on sharp stones or objects. Helpful treatments include icing your heel and taking weight off of it several times each day. You can also benefit from wearing heel wedges and more supportive, cushioned footwear.

Heel spurs resulting from excess calcium deposits or muscle and ligament strain can also cause severe heel pain. Heel spurs need the help of the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists.

The most frequent cause of severe heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects runners and people who engage in high-impact activities. Plantar fasciitis is caused by the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becoming inflamed.

Plantar fasciitis doesn’t just affect athletes. You are at greater risk for plantar fasciitis if you have diabetes, are overweight, have flat feet, or if you wear poorly-fitting shoes.

If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you can try:

  • Resting and taking weight off of your feet
  • Icing your heel for 15 minutes several times each day
  • Taking anti-inflammatory and pain medications like Ibuprofen or Tylenol

If your heel pain doesn’t respond to home therapies, increases after rising out of bed and increases over a period of several months, chances are you have plantar fasciitis. Your podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend:

  • Padding and strapping your foot
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • A removable walking case or night splint
  • Physical therapy and stretching

Don’t let heel pain take over your life when help is just a phone call away. It’s time to call the experts at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They have several convenient office locations in Montclare, Chicago, Elgin, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Schaumburg, IL, to help you get relief from heel pain so call today!

With warmer weather now upon us, many children make a return to outdoor sports and activities. Many parents may eventually face the issue of their children experiencing heel pain. In adolescents, heel pain is often caused by Sever’s disease. Pain is typically described as being at the back of the heel; this is where the growth plate has not fully developed yet. Sever’s disease is thought to occur because of a mismatch in the growth of the heel bones to the calf muscle and Achilles tendon. Rest and pain relief are key parts of treatment.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Keeping Children’s Feet Health

If you have dried, cracked heels, you may also suffer from pain, especially when wearing tight footwear that puts stress on the heels. The following are some home remedies that can be used to treat cracked heels. Cocoa butter and shea butter can both be applied and left on overnight to help nourish dry skin. Additionally, castor oil, another natural moisturizer, contains omega fatty acids that help provide extra hydration. Coconut oil is another remedy that is ideal for any type of dry skin. Vitamin E oil and petroleum jelly are also great for hydrating cracked skin.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

Change in Diet

Eating healthy, with a well-balanced diet, will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to what kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements will also help with skin tissue.

Most importantly seek a health professional for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Illinois. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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