Posts for: April, 2016
Kick Your Advanced Heel Pain
Part 3 in our 3-Part Heel Pain Blog Series
You have been battling the pain in your heel and you’ve exhausted all of the home remedies you can think of, including the ones mentioned in our last blog post about conservative treatments for heel pain. While conservative treatments can often help alleviate pain, for some people more advanced treatments options are necessary. That’s what we’re discussing today in more depth.
In our office, not only do we discuss conservative treatments, but I often perform a variety of procedures to help bring faster heel pain relief for my patients.
Strapping. We can wrap the foot using special tape to provide the most support to the plantar fascia and limit movement, which can often relieve the symptoms being experienced. This treatment can be effective in minimizing symptoms of heel pain.
Orthotics. These are special shoe inserts designed to help provide additional support and correction to the root cause of plantar fasciitis. It often provides the relief needed for our patients. There are a wide variety of orthotics available at many different price points. In our office we offer pre-fabricated over-the-counter shoe inserts for less than $50, as well as custom fit orthotics. Custom orthotics are generally more expensive than pre-fabricated inserts, but the benefits of custom orthotics are usually greater because they have been molded to your foot specifically, ensuring your foot is supported where you need it most. Additionally, custom orthotics are made of higher grade material and last much longer than over-the-counter devices. The cost for custom orthotics can often even be offset with insurance coverage.
Injections. Anti-inflammatory medication can be injected into the plantar fascial region to reduce swelling and tenderness. It can be a painful treatment for some, but is usually effective in providing relief for patients for several months at a time.
Night Splints. This is a brace generally worn at night to reduce “first step in the morning” pain. The device supports the foot in a “toe-up” position that allows the plantar fascia to remain gently stretched throughout the night, so your first step out of bed isn’t accompanied by pain. These also are often covered, at least partially, by insurance.
Surgery. When all other options have been exhausted, there are surgical options for eliminating plantar fasciitis. A special procedure can be done to release the plantar fascia, eliminating the root cause of the pain. These cases are less common and are usually only considered when both conservative and advanced treatment options have been exhausted. The vast majority of heel pain sufferers can usually find the relief they are looking for through more conservative means of treatment.
If you are suffering from heel pain, know that you don’t have to! In our three-part blog series, we’ve discussed several options for both conservative and advanced treatments for your heel pain. For many patients, a mix of at-home and in-office heel pain treatments usually works to correct their plantar fasciitis. We hope you’ve found the information in this series helpful for kicking your own heel pain! If you have questions, click here to make an appointment or call our office at 209-823-2700. We’re here to help Heel your Pain.
Find out why your foot health should be important to you, especially if you have diabetes.
Managing your diabetes and the health of your feet should go hand in hand. After all, there are so many ways that diabetes can impact the health of your feet if you aren’t careful. This includes reducing blood flow and sensation, and also damaging nerves and blood vessels. If you are already experiencing symptoms of numbness or tingling, it is important that you visit your Manteca, CA podiatrist Dr. Jack Andrew Harvey regularly for routine exams.
Inspect and Detect
Since those with diabetes are more likely to develop foot complications, it’s always important that you examine your feet each day so the issue is caught early before it becomes serious. When you check your feet, make sure to look at all areas of the foot (including between the toes).
Look for problems such as:
- Dry or cracked skin
It’s imperative that if you notice any of these issues, that you see your Manteca foot doctor Dr. Harvey right away. Do not try to handle these problems by yourself, as any of them could quickly turn into an infection.
Keep Them Clean
In addition to examining your feet each day, you should also be thoroughly cleaning your feet (just standing in the shower is not enough). Always check the water with your hand before getting in, especially if you have a loss of sensation in your feet. You’ll want to make sure that the water is warm, but not hot! Wash all areas of your feet and once you are done be sure to dry them thoroughly. If you are prone to dry feet this is a great time to apply a moisturizer.
Healthy and Trim
Also, you should be trimming your toenails regularly! Talk to your podiatrist in Manteca if you aren’t sure how to trim your toenails properly. Trimming your toenails after you shower is the best time since your nails will already be soft. Always trim nails straight across, as curved nails are prone to developing ingrown toenails. We can also trim your toenails for you if you can’t.
Don’t let diabetes affect your feet. Turn to San Joaquin Foot & Ankle in Manteca, CA, whether it’s scheduling a routine exam or you have concerns about your health. We are here for you!