Posts for: October, 2019
Heel pain—it’s more common than you may think, and it should never be ignored. After all, untreated heel pain can get much worse, making it difficult to even stand and walk around. Fortunately, your podiatrist can help with the issue. Here at Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL, Dr. Laura J. Pickard offers a wide variety of footcare services, including effective treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn more!
Heel pain and how we can help
If you are wondering what is causing your heel pain, it could be a few things. You may have heel pain from a heel bruise, or you could have a heel spur, which is caused by excess calcium deposits on your heel.
Out of all the causes of heel pain, however, one of the most common is plantar fasciitis. This condition is caused when the plantar fascia (i.e. the thick band of tissue that runs across your heel) becomes inflamed, something often caused by overpronating (rolling your foot when you walk) or walking/standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time.
For minor heel pain, you can try some simple home remedies to alleviate the issue. For instance, applying ice to your heel can reduce swelling, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication can reduce pain. Moderate to severe cases of heel pain, however, should be treated by your podiatrist. At our Norridge office, Dr. Pickard offers several effective treatments to help with heel pain. She may recommend:
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises to maintain flexibility
- Custom-fit orthotics, night splints, or walking casts to support your feet
- Padding or taping your foot and heel for added support
- Cortisone injections to reduce swelling
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
Need relief? Give us a call
You don't have to suffer from heel pain—you can find relief by calling Dr. Laura J. Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic in Norridge, IL. Contact the office today by dialing (773) 625-2211.
While the appearance of blisters may be embarrassing, the pain accompanying them is often much worse and more of a concern for people who have them. Although blisters are a common foot problem experienced by many, have you ever wondered what the cause of those pesky blisters could be? Or, better yet, how they can be treated?
Blisters appear on a swollen part of the foot and consist of fluid, typically clear, though, depending on the blister, the fluid may also have blood. Blisters are usually caused by repeated friction or rubbing on a specific part of your foot. Here are some examples of things that can produce that constant friction:
The type of footwear and how properly your shoes fit
Your skin type and foot type (high, low or medium arch)
The moisture found around your feet
Heavy objects you may be carrying around, like a bag pack
While blisters are rarely filled with pus, pus can form if the blister is infected. In that case, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s preferable to talk to your doctor:
- Foot Pain
While the symptoms may seem common, any persistent pain needs medical attention. Individuals with diabetes need to be especially careful. If left untreated, the blister may turn into an ulcer, leaving you susceptible to an amputation.
Preventive Care Treatments:
There are several precautions you can take to prevent blisters. Here are a few preventative care options:
1. Make sure to wear proper fitting shoes
2. Wear moisture-wicking socks
3. Cushioned insoles are a good idea
4. Double-socks will provide extra cushion
5. Wear orthotics recommended by your podiatrist
6. Use antiperspirants, powders, and lubricants to reduce moisture and friction.
The key to healthy feet is preventative care and referring to your foot doctor whenever you have questions or concerns.