Posts for category: Injuries

By Foot Health Center LLC
September 10, 2018
Category: Injuries

Find out more about the most common foot problem to cause heel pain.

Dealing with heel pain? If so, then it could be plantar fasciitis? This condition is common amongst athletes, particularly runners. If you find yourself dealing with heel pain and you are physically active then our West Orange, NJ, podiatrists are here to tell you how plantar fasciitisPlantar Fasciitis could be to blame.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Inside the foot, running along the soles from the toes to the heel is a thick ligament (tissue) known as the plantar fascia, which supports the arches of the feet. If the plantar fascia becomes inflamed or swollen you’ll experience pain that originates at the bottom of your heels when putting weight on the foot or walking. Plantar fasciitis can develop in either one foot or both feet.

What causes this condition?

Plantar fasciitis usually occurs over time, as overuse leads to microtears in the tissue. As this happens, pain and inflammation set in. This is most common in those who are overweight, those who run or walk on hard surfaces for long periods of time, those who pronate when they walk, those with tight Achilles tendons, as well as those with flat feet or high arches.

What are the classic symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom is heel pain that is often at its worse after sitting for long periods of time or first thing in the morning. You may find that the pain lets up a little over the course of the day. Just don’t let the dissipating pain deceive you; if you end up working out you may find that the pain quickly returns.

Along with heel and even arch pain you may also notice stiffness in the foot. If your foot pain occurs most often at night that this might not be plantar fasciitis but it could be a sign of another problem such as arthritis or tarsal tunnel syndrome, which warrants seeing your foot doctor in West Orange, NJ.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Most people will find that they are able to manage their symptoms with simple at-home measure such as:

  • Giving your feet ample rest time
  • Avoiding strenuous activities
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Performing certain toe and calf stretches multiple times a day
  • Wearing proper supportive footwear
  • Placing orthotics into your shoes for further support

If you don’t find your symptoms subsiding after a week of at-home care, or if symptoms get worse, then your podiatrist may recommend steroid injections, a night splint, shockwave therapy or other more aggressive treatment options such as surgery for persistent cases.

Don’t let plantar fasciitis become a common problem for you. Our West Orange, NJ, podiatric specialist would be happy to sit down with you and discuss ways to keep your feet safe while still enjoying those daily runs. Call Foot Health Center today to find out how we can help.

By Foot Health Center
September 11, 2015
Category: Injuries
Tags: Heel Pain  

The heel is a part of the foot that sustains a lot of pressure when you walk, run or stand. It’s no wonder that so many patients of the Foot Health Center, L.L.C. in West Orange come in complaining of heel pain. If you’re on your feet a lot, there are ways to avoid heel pain and prevent problems with Plantar Fasciitis, heel spurs or inflammation of the Achilles tendon.Heel Pain

What Can Cause Heel Pain?
There are two main reasons why heel pain develops. The first reason is excessive walking, running or sports activity. Athletes who are required to perform sudden unexpected movements with their feet, like tennis and basketball players, are often prone to heel problems. The other top cause of heel pain is wearing shoes that irritate the back of your feet. For instance, women who wear very high heels every day to work can develop problems with their heels.

How Do You Avoid Heel Pain?
The best way to avoid heel pain is to be aware of these causes and take proactive steps. For instance, if you play a sport that requires a high level of activity, like running far distances or turning on a dime, go to your West Orange podiatrist to learn how to properly wrap your feet before practices and games. Heel cushions are a solution for shoes that irritate the feet. Stretching and orthotic devices can also help in both cases.

Heel Pain Treatment
If you already have intense heel pain, there are treatments available for this common condition at your West Orange podiatrist. Here are a few options that your doctor will explore:

  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid medications
  • Healing exercises that specifically target the heel
  • Orthotic supports or shoes
  • Bed rest to allow time for healing
  • Surgery to remove heel spurs or relieve pressure on plantar fascia

See Your Podiatrist
You shouldn’t allow heel pain to get worse before you visit your podiatrist. Call the Foot Health Center in West Orange, NJ at 973-731-1266 to set up a time to see a qualified foot doctor. 

By Foot Health Center
July 08, 2015
Category: Injuries
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Sports InjuriesDiscover the most effective treatments for sports-related foot or ankle problems.

Foot and ankle injuries are pretty common issues for athletes. Even though this is common it shouldn’t be brushed off as something unimportant. Anyone suffering from a sports-related foot or ankle injury should always seek a proper diagnosis from podiatrists in West Orange, NJ.

If you don’t see your podiatrist for treatment there is a significant possibility that the injury won’t heal properly, which could cause you some serious issues in the future. If you want to be able to enjoy physical activities for the long-term then you’ll want to come in for treatment.

Your treatment will depend on the type of sports injury you’ve incurred. Here are some of the most common types of foot and ankle injuries:

  • Strains and sprains
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Turf toe
  • Stress fractures
  • Heel spur
  • Ingrown toenail

Non-surgical treatments for sports-related injuries

When you come into our office for treatment we will perform a physical examination, as well as run a series of X-rays and other imaging tests to make a proper diagnosis. Many of the foot and ankle injuries your West Orange, NJ podiatrists see can be treated with non-surgical options. Here are some of the most common treatment options:

Over-the-counter pain relievers: Try taking an OTC anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen to keep both pain and swelling down.

Rest: Sometimes the best thing you can do is avoid all physical activities until your condition lessens. Being off your foot or ankle as much as possible will help it heal faster.

Ice: If you are experiencing pain or swelling, icing your foot or ankle is a great way to reduce both symptoms without having to take medication. Ice the injury for about 20 minutes at a time 3-4 times a day.

Elevate: When you aren’t on your feet you should have your foot propped up, keeping it above your heart to reduce inflammation.

Brace: If you need to move around, wear a supportive brace or splint to help take pressure off the injured area.

Your West Orange podiatrists will only recommend surgery if other non-surgical treatments fail to properly treat your condition. We will sit down with you and discuss your surgical options and what to expect from your recovery process.

If you are dealing with a foot or ankle injury you don’t want to wait much longer to seek treatment. Contact your West Orange, NJ foot doctors Drs. Michael Verdi and Kirsten Discepola today at Foot Health Center.



Contact Us

Foot Health Center, LLC

973-731-1266
1500 Pleasant Valley Way Ste 204West Orange, NJ 07052-2955