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achilles tendon6A patient at the Kansas Hospital describes her heel pain as “a thumbtack shooting straight up your heel.” She was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in both of her feet, caused by inflammation of the plantar fasciia, a band of tissue in the foot. She planned to have treatment to relieve her plantar fasciitis, which involves using an ultrasonic needle to remove diseased tendon tissue from the heel. According to Dr. Zachary Collins, the healing process thereafter will take around six weeks. Dr. Collins describes the treatment as effective in improving the foot’s condition.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. For more information, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change         

- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

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

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Arthritis5Arthritis, being one of the most common diseases affecting individuals as we age, can also commonly occur in the feet and ankles. According to pantagraph.com, “the feet are more susceptible to arthritis than other parts of the body because each foot has 33 joints that are subjected to the body’s weight-bearing load.” Simply put, our feet are the foundations of our body and are also the most prone to conditions such as arthritis. There are different kinds of arthritis and each type can flare up sporadically in the body, affecting the joints and causing inflammation. Treating your symptoms immediately is essential to preventing the progression of the disease.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment,consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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slower walkingFoot problems can become more commonplace as we get older. As we age, “our feet are prone to many conditions that can cause discomfort and impact mobility.” It’s important for older adults to see a geriatrician to monitor their feet. Although a foot problem may not seem serious, unforeseen complications can lead to eventual disability if not diagnosed and treated. “We’ve learned that sometimes it’s not the foot disorder but the accompanying pain that is the real problem,” says Dr. Marian Hannan, Co-Director of Musculoskeletal Research Center and Senior Scientist at IFAR.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions

Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.

Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.

Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:

Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe

Shoes that don’t fit properly

Pressure sores

Loss of circulation in legs & feet

Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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foot injuryJames Madison University senior Lavaedeay “Vad” Lee recalls having surgery in his left foot in October after having broken it. Plates were inserted into the foot, and Lee could not run or do any physical activity on the foot. The plates were taken out in late February after several months of recovery. Lee’s injury may have prevented him from being able to be drafted into an NFL team.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries need proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. If you have any concerns, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Sport Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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