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By Norridge Foot Clinic
May 05, 2021
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Heel Pain  

Your podiatrist in Chicago, IL, also serving Norridge, IL, can help with heel pain.

You can suffer from heel pain for many reasons, and it can disrupt your life. So, how do you know when you should be concerned about your heel pain, and when you should seek out the services of your podiatrist? Dr. Laura Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic, in Chicago, IL, also serving Norridge, IL, offers a wide range of podiatry services, including treatment for heel pain.

Heel pain can be caused by:

  • Stepping on sharp objects, causing a heel bruise
  • Excess deposits of calcium, causing a heel spur
  • Plantar fasciitis, occurring because the thick band of tissue running across your heel, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed

You may be experiencing plantar fasciitis because:

  • You have flat feet
  • You carry excess weight
  • You run or jog
  • You walk or stand on hard surfaces for extended periods
  • You overpronate or roll your feet when you walk

If you are suffering mild symptoms of heel pain, you can try a few easy tips like these at home:

  • Placing an ice pack on your heel for 15 minutes several times each day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or pain medication
  • Resting and elevating your feet to reduce stress on your heels

How do you know when you should be concerned about your heel pain? If you are suffering from moderate to severe heel pain that is not going away or is getting worse, you should see your podiatrist.

Some common professional treatments for heel pain include:

  • Physical therapy, to keep you mobile and flexible
  • Custom-made orthotics, to support and cushion your heels
  • Night splints, to promote proper foot alignment
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling and pain

You don't have to suffer from heel pain when relief is just a phone call away. To find out more about when to see your podiatrist for your heel pain treatment, call Dr. Pickard of Norridge Foot Clinic, in Chicago, IL, also serving Norridge, IL, at (773) 625-2211 now!

By Norridge Foot Clinic
February 17, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is a common foot problem that podiatrists often treat. Knowing the cause of your pain is important in determining the most effective treatment method. Even if the pain heel painseems minor, it’s amazing how much it can affect your whole body, making it difficult to get out of bed let alone go on your regular run. If you are struggling with heel pain you might be dealing with a condition known as plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The source of your pain may originate in the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your feet. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you may feel pain in your heel. Of course, everything from wearing high heels to long runs can actually irritate and cause inflammation within the plantar fascia. When this happens this is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition is usually the result of overuse and repeated stress rather than an injury.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain that originates at the bottom of the heel below the heel bone. The pain may spread to the arches of the feet and may also be accompanied by stiffness. These symptoms are often exacerbated first thing in the morning or after long bouts of sitting or standing. Sometimes, light activity and exercise can momentarily lessen the pain.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

If you know that you have plantar fasciitis (perhaps you’ve had it before) then you know it’s important to rest, avoid physical activity, and take over-the-counter pain relievers. Of course, if you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s important to see a podiatrist to find out whether it’s plantar fasciitis or another condition such as heel spurs or Achilles tendonitis. A thorough evaluation from a medical professional is often necessary, especially if this is the first time dealing with heel pain.

Your podiatrist can also show you stretching and strengthening exercises that you can perform to help stretch the plantar fascia to reduce pain and discomfort. Some patients also choose to wear a night splint to reduce morning stiffness and arch pain.

If your symptoms aren’t being alleviated through conservative treatment methods or if you are experiencing chronic heel pain your podiatrist may recommend surgery.

If you are dealing with stubborn and painful heels turn to a podiatrist for a consultation.

By Norridge Foot Clinic
October 23, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

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:

  1. Physical therapy and stretching exercises to maintain flexibility
  2. Custom-fit orthotics, night splints, or walking casts to support your feet
  3. Padding or taping your foot and heel for added support
  4. Cortisone injections to reduce swelling
  5. 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.

By Norridge Foot Clinic
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Norridge Foot Clinic
June 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.

Causes of Heel Pain

As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.

The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fracture
  • Arthritis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
  • Page’s disease of bone
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Heel Pain Treatment Options

For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.

Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:

  • OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
  • Icing the heel several times a day
  • Bracing or splinting the foot
  • Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Wearing protective and supportive shoes
  • Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises

If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.

Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.

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7325 W. Irving Park Rd Chicago, IL 60634