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Heel pain affects numerous individuals at one time or another, usually developing after an injury or from repeated stress on the feet. Depending on the severity of your heel pain, it might even prevent you from participating in your favorite activities, such as taking walks, working out, or participating in sports. Dr. Matthew Hinderland and Dr. Jordan Cameron of the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your office for podiatry in Colorado Springs, CO, can help you achieve relief from heel pain so you can resume your favorite activities—read on to learn more!
There can be several causes of heel pain, such as arthritis, tendonitis, or stress fractures. One of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis, in which pain is felt along the arch of the foot and at the bottom of the heel. The tissues that run along the bottom of the foot are called plantar fascia, and when these tissues become inflamed, heel pain can develop.
One way that plantar fascia tissues become inflamed is due to overpronation. Feet that overpronate when walking or running roll inward toward the arch. This motion flattens out the feet, which can cause the arches to lengthen and be stretched too much. As the arches lengthen and stretch, the plantar fascia tissues experience tension and can become inflamed, which often results in pain and discomfort.
Another source of heel pain related to plantar fasciitis is a condition known as heel spur syndrome. Heel spur syndrome is a condition associated with the formation of calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel. When calcium deposits form on the bottom of the heel, they are often referred to as heel spurs. These spurs can cause pain and discomfort in the heel area anytime that pressure is present, such as when running, walking, jumping, or even standing.
Treating Heel Pain
There are many ways to treat heel pain, and during a consultation, your podiatrist could recommend specific treatments that are best for your particular type of heel pain, whether that be resting your feet or wearing more supportive footwear. At the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatry office, methods for treating heel pain include:
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Orthotic foot supports
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
If you are dealing with heel pain, help is available. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Hinderland or Dr. Cameron by calling the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, your podiatry office in Colorado Springs, CO, at (719) 488-4664.
If you have a high arch foot type, there are several things of which you should be aware. The medical term for a high arch foot is pes cavus. People with high arches are prone to several different types of foot and ankle problems including chronic lateral ankle inversion type sprains, 5th metatarsal Jones fractures, hammertoes, and chronic metatarsalgia or pain in the ball of the foot.
Generally speaking, high arch feet are more rigid, and they don't absorb shock very well. This can lead to arthritis of different joints in the foot and ankle developing more quickly than they typically would for patients with an average arch height.
High arch feet are also associated with some neurologic conditions, the most common of which is Charcot Marie Tooth Disease. These neuorologic conditions can be progressive, and that can change the recommended treatment. Consequently, it is important to have an accurate diagnosis when making treatment decisions about these conditions.
If you are having any foot or ankle problems, call our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron at 719-488-4664 today, so we can help you. The team at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs and Monument all strive to treat you like they want to be treated, and try to make your foot and ankle care the best possible experience it can be!
Every year in the week following Thanksgiving, we see an increase in heel (calcaneal) fractures and other injuries associated with falling off ladders or roofs when hanging Christmas lights. Please remember to take appropriate precautions to avoid falling and suffering an injury.
If you have fallen or suffered a foot or ankle injury, the team at the Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado is here to help you. Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron are both expertly trained to help you with both surgical and nonsurgical management of your injury. Call our Colorado Springs podiatrist today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you!
How your podiatrists in Colorado Springs, Colorado can help relieve bunion pain
If you have a large, painful, bony bump on the side of your big toe, chances are that it’s a bunion. One of the causes of bunions is wearing shoes that are too narrow, which is why they are much more common in women rather than men. Wearing high-heeled shoes only adds to the formation of a bunion because your toes are shoved forward and crushed.
The lack of adequate room for your toes makes your big toe bend against the others, causing the middle toe joint to push outward and rub against the inside of your shoe. The friction causes a bunion. The good news is, there are effective treatments for bunions.
Dr. Matthew Hinderland and Dr. Jordan D. Cameron at Foot And Ankle Institute Of Colorado can treat your foot issues—including bunions! They have two convenient office locations in Colorado Springs and Monument, CO, to help treat your feet.
Causes and Symptoms
Narrow shoes are only one cause of bunions. They can also be caused by a genetic bone deformity, arthritis, a foot injury, or work-related foot stress. According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a bunion include:
- A hard, bony bump on the outside of your big toe
- Redness, swelling, and pain around your big toe joint
- Calluses or corns on overlapping toes
- Chronic or intermittent pain near the bunion
- Loss of flexibility or mobility in your big toe
For minor bunion pain, there are a few home treatments you can attempt. Try to:
- Tape your foot using athletic tape to support the bunion
- Wear shoe inserts or bunion pads to cushion the bunion
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
For moderate to severe bunion pain, your podiatrist may suggest surgery to remove the bunion and realign your toe joint. Other professional services for bunion pain relief include:
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear
- Night splints
- Corn and callus removal
- Physical therapy and toe stretching exercises
Call our Podiatrist Office Today!
If you have a bunion, don’t suffer. Get some relief from bunion pain by talking with our expert podiatrists. Call Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron at Foot And Ankle Institute Of Colorado, with offices in Colorado Springs, and Monument, Colorado. Phone (719) 488-4664 today and get rid of bunion pain!
Joint replacements in the big toe (the first metatarsophalangeal joint) have been performed for several decades now. They can provide pain relief for arthritis in the joint early on, but they also tend to wear out over time. Although they have improved substantially in the last few years, it is still pretty common to see joints that were put in 10-15 years ago wear out and start causing pain.
If you have a great toe joint replacement that is not working correctly or causing pain, there are some potential options to help. Some of the joint replacement can be revised if there is enough bone around the joint remaining. When the bone loss is too great, often the joint replacement can be removed and the joint can be fused using autgraft or allograft bone grafts.
If you are limited by stiffness or pain in your feet and ankles, we are here to help! Call our Colorado Springs podiatrists today at 719-488-4664. Dr. Hinderland and Dr. Cameron strive to offer the most advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to keep you active and on your feet!
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