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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
January 24, 2018

There are many sources of ankle pain due to the complex array of tendons, ligaments, tissues, and bones in the foot that are susceptible to painful and debilitating injury. The area of pain can radiate from the inside to the outside of the ankle, or along the Achilles tendon, where your lower leg and calf muscles connect to your heel bone.

Some of the most common ankle problems that cause pain include the following:

Even a seemingly minor ankle injury can bring on severe pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness.

Home remedies and treatment for ankle pain mainly consist of the RICE method:

  • Rest—It is very important to take the weight off of the ankle.
  • Ice—Apply an ice pack several times a day for 15-20 minutes.
  • Compression—Wrap the ankle with a compression bandage to help reduce swelling.
  • Elevation—Raising your foot above the level of your heart also reduces swelling.

Pain medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium can reduce discomfort and inflammation. In cases of fractures or other major problems, surgery may be necessary.

If your pain and discomfort are not alleviated after a couple of weeks, or if the swelling remains severe after several days, it may be a sign of a more difficult problem requiring the expertise of a foot care specialist to determine the precise cause of the pain and to make the best recommendations for treatment. The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
July 26, 2017

If you are experiencing lower calf, ankle and heel pain, especially first thing after arising, the culprit may be an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This is the large tendon that connects your calf muscle to the back of your heel, and when it becomes overstretched or torn from excessive pressure, the result can be a painful condition called Achilles tendonitis.

What Causes Achilles Tendonitis?

Improper warm up before exercising, and having improperly treated flat feet are two possible factors. Others may include:

  • Repetitive stress—from intense sporting activities such as tennis and soccer, and from workouts that are too aggressive. Suddenly increasing the intensity or duration of a workout can also stress this tendon.
  • Starting an exercise program too rapidly—Many injuries to the Achilles tendon are caused by working out too enthusiastically after a long period of inaction. Middle aged men tend to overestimate their abilities when starting an exercise program, so always start off slowly to avoid injury.
  • Poorly fitting shoes—Shoes with proper heel and arch support are essential to maintaining foot health. Always choose an athletic shoe that is designed for the activity and that contains the adequate amount of cushioning and support.

Treatment Recommendations:

  • RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.)—Rest your foot and use a walking boot or crutches. Ice the area for fifteen minutes whenever painful or inflamed. Wrap the area to minimize movement and to help reduce swelling. Elevate your leg on a pillow, and overnight.
  • Pain management—Ibuprofen or other pain reliever.
  • Orthotic inserts—These in combination with properly fitted shoes can relieve the strain on the tendon and cushion the heel area.
  • Physical therapy exercises—As the tendon heals, you will need to slowly strengthen and stretch the area.

If the pain in your heel is intense enough to prevent you from walking, you may have ruptured your Achilles tendon. This type of injury may need to be surgically repaired by your foot specialist.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

 

By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
July 12, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Stretching and warming up before exercising is important to help avoid injury. This also applies to your feet.  By doing strength and flexibility routines you stretch the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the feet to help prevent sprains and other injuries including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and shin splints.

Here are some simple exercises for your calves, toes, and soles that you can do at home or in the gym:

Calf  Extensions

Since your calf muscle connects to your Achilles tendon, these exercises help stretch your feet:

  • Edge lifts—Stand on the edge of a step on the balls of your feet and raise your heels up and down. Hold at the top and bottom briefly. Do ten repetitions.
  • Standing calf stretch—Stand with one leg in front while keeping the back leg straight at the knee and bend the front leg at the knee to feel the stretch in the calf of the other leg. Repeat 4 times.

Toe Stretches

  • While seated, cross one ankle over the opposite knee. Pull each of your toes down and hold for a few seconds and release. Also pull up and to the side, and hold and release. Repeat 10 times.
  • Stand on one foot. Curl your toes in the other foot under and flex. Repeat 10 times.

Sole Treatment

The bottom of your feet are often neglected when it comes to stretching. Try these simple tips:

  • Roll a tennis or golf ball underneath your foot to give the plantar fascia a good stretch.
  • While sitting on the floor with legs outstretched in front, wrap a towel around the middle of your foot and pull on the ends with your hands and hold for one minute. Repeat 5 times for each foot.

Keeping your feet healthy with exercises is an excellent way to prevent injuries, but it’s nice to know that if you do hurt yourself that your foot specialist is ready to help.

The podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

 According to podiatrist Christian Ellul, heel pain is one of the most regularly diagnosed foot problems in women. One of the most common forms of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the band of tissue in the sole that extends to the heels. Although plantar fasciitis can be treated with anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, footwear is also a major issue. Extremely high heels as well as unsupportive footwear such as flip-flops and flats can make heel pain and other related conditions even worse. Podiatrists may recommend wearing arch supportive footwear, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and other corrective foot aids to aid patients in managing their everyday heel pain.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

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 office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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