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By Colorado Foot and Ankle
June 27, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is a common problem seen here at Colorado Foot and Ankle in Colorado Springs, and considering how much time we spend on our feet, it's no wonder! Fortunately, our podiatry team of Dr. Jacob Fassman, Dr. Bryan Groth, and Dr. Eric Gessner are committed to helping patients overcome heel pain.

Heel PainRead on to learn about two of the most common causes of heel pain—plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis

Causes of heel pain

Heel pain is often a symptom of two separate conditions: plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. The location of the pain can be a clear indicator as to which one your Colorado Springs podiatrist may diagnose.

  • Pain that affects the back of the heel is often associated with Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the large tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel. People who run or play sports that require quick start-and-stop movements, such as basketball or tennis, are subject to injuring their Achilles tendon.
  • Runners can also be affected by plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation or disintegration of the ligament that runs along the arch of each foot. People who are obese or do a lot of daily standing for their jobs may also be at risk for developing plantar fasciitis.

Treatment for heel pain

The good news is that most people who have heel pain from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis usually respond well to conservative treatment, meaning there's no need for surgery. Reducing your activity, taking time to prop the foot up during rest, and making sure to stretch before any exercise can help promote healing in the affected area. Your Colorado Springs podiatrist may also recommend shoe inserts to redistribute the weight on your heel and provide cushioned support. These inserts are custom-made by your podiatrist to accommodate the special needs of your foot.

Need relief? Give us a call

To find out what's causing your heel pain and get back on your feet, contact Colorado Foot and Ankle in Colorado Springs to make an appointment with Dr. Fassman, Dr. Gessner, or Dr. Groth today! Our number is (719) 475-8080.

By Colorado Foot and Ankle
June 19, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems. While flat feet is rarely considered a serious issue, if you are dealing with problems as a result of your flat feet it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist who can offer up ways to prevent problems.

How to tell if you have flat feet

If the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand then you have flat feet. The arches of our feet don’t actually develop until around the age of six; however, sometimes flat feet develop due to injury or repeated stress on the feet.

Symptoms of flat feet

The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain that originates in the heels and arches. You may find that the pain gets worse when standing or moving for long periods of time. Those who are physically active may experience pain more regularly. Sometime swelling on the inside of the foot or ankle may also occur.

Potential complications of flat feet

Since flat feet can be responsible for misalignments, this can lead to ankle and knee problems. If you are noticing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain then you will want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.

Treating flat feet

If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t require any treatment for your flat feet. While we can’t fix flat feet our podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort associated with faulty biomechanics within the feet. Common ways to prevent flat foot-related pain include:

  • Using arch supports in your shoes, which can take pressure off the arches and provide cushioning and support when standing or moving.
  • Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist. There are specific exercises designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to alleviate and prevent foot pain.
  • Wearing the appropriate footwear that provides further arch support. Shoes that are old and worn, as well as certain styles such as sandals or flip-flops won’t provide your feet with the proper support they need.
  • Undergoing physical therapy if you are dealing with foot pain due to overuse injuries, which is common among athletes. Physical therapy can help strengthen certain ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet and ankles to prevent excessive wear and tear, as well as pain and soreness in the arches and heels.

If you are dealing with pain due to flat feet and can’t seem to get your discomfort under control then you will want to talk with a podiatrist who can recommend certain exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics to improve the health of your feet. Talk to a podiatrist today.