plantar fasciitis

Do I need Heel Spurs Removed???

Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Spur Syndrome
It is common in practice that I have a patient come to the office with x-rays from their primary care doctor showing heel spurs. Patients always are very anxious about this and think that they need surgery to remove them. It should be known that the majority of the time, heel spurs are not the culprit for heel pain. One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a ligament on the bottom of the foot. With constant pulling of the ligament on the heel bone, a heel spur develops which is just a calcification of bone. Most of the time, plantar fasciitis is treated non surgically with stretching, icing, steroid injection and anti-inflammatories. Once the pain is completely resolved, it is important to address the biomechanics of the foot with custom orthotics to try and decrease the chance for recurrence. In cases when these non surgical options do not work, surgery is an option through a very small incision on the side of the foot. It is always important to see your local podiatrist at the first sign of heel pain. The sooner treatment begins, the better the outcome.
If you or any family members or friends have heel pain or any other foot and ankle issues, contact Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 for an appointment with your local board certified podiatrists.

Heel Pain?

The adult foot is a complicated part of the body with many tendons, ligaments and bones. One of the most common foot complaints is heel pain. The most common cause of heel pain in adults is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia (a ligament connecting the heel to the toes that fans out under the bottom of the foot). This condition can be seen in people with either flattened or high arches and risk factors include obesity, standing for long periods of time, and certain exercises.

Most people with plantar fasciitis complain of pain when taking the first step in the morning as well as pain when standing, after sitting for long periods of time. Sometimes the pain is restricted to the heel area and sometimes it can fan out along the bottom of the foot. Luckily, treatment is typically non-surgical. Your podiatrist may recommend rest and ice to help with pain, stretching, custom orthotics, physical therapy, or corticosteroid injections. If none of the above relieve pain, surgery can be a last resort. This may entail cutting a small part of the plantar fascia and sometimes can even be done utilizing a minimally invasive technique with a small camera. Don’t let heel pain slow you down.

Call Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 to Visit with Doylestown’s community podiatrists. We will be happy to discuss the condition in detail with you and get you back on your feet!


Avoid These Runner’s Foot Problems: Running Injuries Like Tendonitis

Usain Bolt at the 2012 London Olympics

Plantar fasciitis is the most common complaint amongst runners. Overtraining, not stretching the calf muscles, or frequently practicing sprinting or uphill running are all factors in the development of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue stretching from the toes to the heel, tends to tear when the foot becomes overworked. This results in inflammation and pain. The plantar fascia has a poor blood supply, so the condition is usually chronic and slow to heal. Plantar fasciitis in runners often leads to heel spurs, calcium deposits which form when the bone attempts to heal itself. Spurs can further irritate the fascia, and are sometimes painful because of the surrounding irritation they cause.

Achillies tendonitis is another concern for serious runners. The Achillies tendon runs from the heel to the calf and propels you forward when you run. It can easily become inflamed when overworked, resulting in a condition known as Achillies tendonitis. Achillies tendonitis can keep you from running until the inflammation reduces.

The best advice for runners to avoid plantar fasciitis, Achillies tendonitis, and other foot problems is to invest in comfortable, well-fitting sneakers. Good running sneakers help absorb shock, taking some of the stress off of your feet. Also, never forget to stretch, but always warm up with a 10 minute jog before stretching. Attempting to stretch cold muscles can cause injury.

If you are a runner or any type of athlete seeking advice on how to keep your feet in shape for top performance, Quality Foot Care in Doylestown has all the services and resources you need. Call 215-230-9707 to make an appointment with Dr. Lefkowitz today.