There are some people who have heel pain, and it may be caused by a heel spur. It is defined as a bony growth that forms on the bottom of the heel bone, and it can feel like a thorn in the foot. It generally forms at the point where the Achilles tendon connects to the back of the heel bone. A heel spur can happen from putting excessive strain on the foot. It can measure up to a half inch in length, and can become inflamed. Having an X-ray taken can be successful in determining if a heel spur exists. This is often performed after confirming symptoms, which may include increased pain while walking and avoiding any weight on the heel. Many patients walk on their tiptoes and find their pain is reduced while sitting down. Additionally, it may hurt when it is pressed on, and these symptoms may indicate medical attention is needed for relief. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can confirm a heel spur diagnosis and offer correct treatment solutions.
Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Richard P. Jacoby, DPM from Extremity Health Centers. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.
Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.
Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.
The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.
There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.
If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Scottsdale and Buckeye, AZ . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.
Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.
As an individual progresses into their elderly years, it becomes increasingly important for them to take extra care of their feet. This is because the feet can become more susceptible to foot conditions with age. One important part of maintaining foot health is wearing shoes that fit properly. When an elderly individual goes shoe shopping, there are several things they may consider doing to select the best fitting shoe. For example, as an individual gets older, it can be more difficult to bend over and put on shoes. So a senior may consider shopping for shoes that are easy to put on and take off. Additionally, since older people may slip and fall, shopping for shoes which have grips can be beneficial. If you are a senior or are caring for one, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for more information.
Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Richard P. Jacoby, DPM from Extremity Health Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
- Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening 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
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 one of our offices located in Scottsdale and Buckeye, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
Although the toes are small parts of the body, they play a critical role in supporting the body. Also, toe pain can have big consequences and be an annoyance for patients. One potential source of toe pain is a condition known as lupus. Lupus is a condition that causes the immune system to attack its own tissues. Lupus patients might experience toe pain, swelling, or numbness. Importantly, this pain and these symptoms in the toes, do not necessarily go away when the patient is at rest. Therefore, even when sleeping, a lupus patient might experience this toe pain. If you are someone that is currently living with toe pain for any reason, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today. This foot specialist will be able to provide guidance and any treatment that may be necessary.
Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Richard P. Jacoby, DPM of Extremity Health Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Causes Toe Pain?
Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.
Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Sports injury
- Wearing shoes that are too tight
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fractures (broken bones)
When to See a Podiatrist
- Severe pain
- Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
- Signs of infection
- Continued swelling
- Pain that prevents walking
In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.
Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Scottsdale and Buckeye, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.