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By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
November 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out more about your heel pain and what might be going on.

Have you recently been rubbing your sore, painful heels? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on. Heel pain is a common problem our Sparks, NV, podiatrists Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford see in their patients and there are several reasons why this might be happening.

If you want to provide your feet with the most effective treatment possible then it should go without saying that you will need to get an accurate diagnosis first. This means coming into our office for an evaluation if you are dealing with heel pain.

The two most common causes of heel pain include:

Plantar fasciitis: This condition is characterized by micro-tears in the plantar fascia tissue. The plantar fascia tissue runs the length of the feet along the soles. When these microtears develop this leads to inflammation and pain located under the heels and also along the arches.

Achilles tendonitis: Both overuse and trauma can lead to inflammation of the Achilles tendon, better known as Achilles tendonitis. This is the largest and strongest tendon in the body and it’s located right above the heel, and connects the calf to the heel bone. If you notice pain at the back of the heel chances are good that it could be Achilles tendinitis.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • A stress fracture
  • Heel bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

When to See a Doctor

If you aren’t sure what is going on and why you are experiencing heel pain then it’s better to play it safe and visit our Sparks, NV, foot doctor for a proper diagnosis. Only then can we create the right treatment plan for you. It’s time to visit us if your heel pain is severe, persistent, makes it difficult to put weight on the foot, or if there are signs of infection (e.g. redness; warm to the touch; fever).

Treating Heel Pain

Both plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can often be treated effectively with simple home care. It’s important that you rest and avoid high-impact exercises (e.g. running), which can make the problem worse. The goal of at-home care will be to reduce your symptoms until the microtears have healed and the inflammation is gone. Ways to treat your heel pain include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Exercises and stretches
  • Wearing orthotics and supportive shoes

If symptoms persist for over a week or get worse then we may need to consider other treatment options. If heel pain is severe or recurring other ways to treat the issue include:

  • Shockwave therapy
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgery for severe cases

No matter whether you have just noticed heel pain or symptoms aren’t going away with at-home care, it’s important that you have a podiatric team you can turn to when you need it most. Call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, today to find out how we can help you.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
November 08, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Suffering from heel pain? Heel pain can interfere with your normal activities and make life miserable. If treated properly, your foot will heal heel painwell, allowing you to return to physical activity. Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada, which is located in Sparks, NV, offers state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. Bruce Ford are some of the top podiatrists in Sparks, NV. Here are four proven ways to end resistant heel pain.

#1- Orthotic Devices

Orthotics are among the best ways to treat resistant heel pain. Podiatrists offer orthotic devices that provide arch support and cushioning for added shock absorption, protection, and comfort. Studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices improve function and decrease foot pain. 

#2- Stretching Exercises

Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Stretching exercises are one of your best bets for getting relief of your pain. research has shown that stretching exercises improve function, soothe heel pain, and reduce inflammation.

#3- Steroid Injections

Steroid injections are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat foot pain. Steroid injections offer quick relief for pain and inflammation that is in one part of your body. Steroid injections allow doctors to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area. You can get steroid injections at your podiatrist's office. 

#4- Night Splints

A night splint can relieve your heel pain. The night splint keeps your foot in a neutral position with the toes pointed up. This position gently stretches the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. The splint is adjustable, so you and your podiatrist can adjust it to the proper angle.

Heel pain hurts, but you don't have to suffer. Call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada at 775-331-1919 now to schedule an appointment in Sparks, NV. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
April 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Many people suffer from heel pain much longer than necessary because they keep hoping the problem will go away on its own. heel painUnfortunately, if you continue to ignore the pain, it can become a chronic problem. Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. Bruce Ford, share information on a few common causes of heel pain.

Stone bruises

You may not realize just how painful bruises can be until you have to walk on one. Stone bruises tend to occur if you step on a hard object or if your feet aren't adequately cushioned when you run or walk. Ice, heel cups, and rest can help ease your pain. In most cases, the bruise will heal in a few weeks.

Plantar fasciitis

If you run your hand over the bottom of your foot, you'll notice that one long band of tissue extends from your heels to your toes. You'll experience pain in your heel if the band, formally called the plantar fascia, becomes irritated and inflamed. The problem is usually worse after you exercise, first thing in the morning or after you've been sitting for a while. If you run, you may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis, particularly if you don't wear supportive shoes. It can also occur if you have tight calf muscles, high arches or feet that pronate (turn in) too much.

Rest and stretching exercises can help if the condition is mild. If your pain doesn't go away in a few weeks, you'll want to visit Dr. Doxey and Dr. Ford in their Sparks office. Depending on the severity of your problem, they may recommend fitting you with orthotics, night splints or walking casts. Corticosteroid injections can be helpful if the pain just doesn't go away. Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated without surgery, but sometimes, it's unavoidable.

Heel spurs

Small calcium deposits called heel spurs can also cause pain. Although they're common if you've had plantar fasciitis, anything that puts pressure on your heels, such as running, jumping, wearing poorly fitting shoes or carrying too much weight, can increase your risk of developing a heel spur. Physical therapy, over-the-counter pain medication and corticosteroid injections or surgery can be helpful.

Heel fractures

Fractures typically occur if you've been in a car accident or injured your heel jumping or falling. If the bones haven't moved out of place, you'll need to wear a cast or boot for several weeks. Surgery will be needed if the bones have become displaced.

Isn't it about time you sought help for your heel pain? Call Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Doxey and Dr. Ford, at (775) 331-1919 to schedule an appointment.

By Foot & Ankle Institue of Nevada
December 22, 2014
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Pain   Heel Pain  

arch painSparks, NV—Your feet and ankles are an overlooked, but immensely important part of your body. You don’t have to break a bone to know how devastating it can be when you’re experiencing the kind of foot and ankle pain that makes it difficult just to get up and walk around. Ankle sprains, Achilles tendon disorders, and arthritis are some of the most common sources of ankle pain. Though these conditions are all common, it doesn’t mean they should be ignored. No amount of pain in the ankles is normal, so call your podiatrist if you experience any of the following symptoms or other types of ankle pain.

1. Taking a step sends a dull ache through your ankle.

This is usually indicative of an ankle sprain. Torn or stretched ligaments that connect the foot and ankle bones—otherwise known as an ankle sprain—are the leading cause of ankle pain in the world. In fact, according to one source, nearly eighty-five percent of all ankle injuries are sprains, and spraining your ankle can drastically increase your chances of re-injury in the future. Let your podiatrist aid your recovery. He/she can give you tips on how to keep your risk of re-injury as low as possible.

2. Bending your ankle is difficult.

Your feet and ankles are flexible by nature. Any discomfort you experience when bending your ankle or taking a strep shouldn’t be disregarded. It could indicate the presence of arthritis in your ankle or an Achilles tendon disorder. Make sure to contact your podiatrist if this symptom persists for more than two days in a row.

3. You experience sharp pain in the back of your ankle.

The back of your ankle is also the location of your Achilles tendon. Overuse of this tendon can often lead to tendonitis, and can be very painful if left untreated. See your podiatrist to learn about recommended therapeutic techniques, medication, or even surgery.

To learn more about foot and ankle surgery in the Sparks, NV area, call (775) 331-1919 today!