Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Heel pain can stem from various underlying causes, impacting the daily activities and quality of life of people of all ages. One common reason is plantar fasciitis, which is the inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. This condition often causes sharp pain in the bottom of the heel, particularly upon standing or walking after periods of rest. Achilles tendonitis, another frequent cause of heel pain, involves inflammation of the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel, typically the result of overuse or repetitive stress. Other factors contributing to heel pain include heel spurs, stress fractures, and nerve compression. Symptoms may range from mild discomfort to severe pain and may worsen with activity. Proper diagnosis by a podiatrist is critical for effective treatment and management strategies tailored to address the underlying cause of heel pain. If you have developed heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you a tailored treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Hicksville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 31 March 2024 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Hammertoe, a deformity characterized by an abnormal bending of the toe joint, can lead to discomfort, difficulty walking, and even pain during daily activities. While many cases of hammertoe can be managed with conservative measures such as padding, shoe modifications, and orthotic devices, surgery may be necessary in certain instances. Hammertoe surgery becomes essential when the condition progresses to a point where conservative treatments no longer provide relief or when the deformity interferes significantly with mobility and quality of life. During surgery, the surgeon may release tight tendons, reposition bones, or remove damaged tissue to straighten and realign the affected toe. Although surgery involves risks like any medical procedure, it can offer long-term relief and improve functionality for individuals suffering from severe hammertoe deformities. If you are living with hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if surgery is the correct choice for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM of New York. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hicksville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Athletes often face various challenges in their pursuit of excellence, and flat feet can present an additional hurdle to overcome. Flat feet, or fallen arches, occur when the arch of the foot collapses, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground. This condition can lead to discomfort, instability, and an increased risk of injury during physical activity. However, many athletes with flat feet have found effective ways to cope and excel in their sports. One important strategy involves wearing supportive footwear with proper arch support and cushioning to help distribute weight evenly and reduce strain on the feet. Additionally, incorporating exercises to strengthen the muscles surrounding the feet and ankles can improve stability and alignment, enhancing overall performance and reducing the risk of injury. Seeking guidance from a podiatrist can also provide valuable insights and personalized recommendations for managing flat feet while pursuing athletic goals. If you have flat feet and participate in sporting activities, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you additional relief strategies.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Elliot T. Udell, DPM from New York. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hicksville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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