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Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Relief

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Heel Pain Treatment, Plantar Fasciitis, Shockwave Therapy | Comments Off on Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Relief

When you’re having heel pain, you’ll try anything to get rid of the pain. One technique that is rapidly gaining popularity today is shockwave therapy for heel pain. This therapy works on the proven theory that creating micro-trauma on a cellular level causes the blood vessels and bone cells within your body to regenerate so that they heal faster. As such, it is a safe, non-invasive way to treat many chronic conditions. What some people find funny is the paradox here that when you damage your foot, you actually heal it. The technique used here involves a series of movements that place tension on the area of your heel that’s causing the pain. Your technician then uses a shockwave hand piece transmitting shock waves to this area for four or five minutes. These shocks feel like a small baseball...

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Foot Care For Wearing Heels

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Ankle Injuries, General Foot Care, Heel Pain Treatment | Comments Off on Foot Care For Wearing Heels

For many women, shunning high heels and sticking to comfortable, podiatrist-approved footwear is not an option. Heels have become part of what is considered a polished and finished look. If you’re attending an event, networking, interviewing for a job, or getting married, heels, event modestly high ones, are not only the norm, they are expected. It makes appropriate foot care challenging, but not impossible. If you are the type who has to wear heels more than two days out of the week, below are a few tips to wear your shoes safely, and for the most part, comfortably. Know Your Foot Knowing the size and shape of your foot is very important. Some people go their entire lives wearing shoes in the same size without considering that their feet may have grown as they’ve aged (hint: they do). Some...

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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis and Finding Remedies for the Pain

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Heel Pain Treatment | Comments Off on Understanding Plantar Fasciitis and Finding Remedies for the Pain

If you’re a runner, you might already be familiar with plantar fasciitis, either from the pain of experiencing the medical condition or from simple awareness of the pain risks associated with running. First things first, the plantar fascia is the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. This connective tissue also supports the arch of the foot. Stress on the plantar fascia from repeated activity, such as running, can strain the ligament, even causing tiny tears. The ligament takes a pounding during a run so it’s no surprise that plantar fasciitis is a common runner’s injury. It’s sometimes called “runner’s heel” but it doesn’t just affect runners. Broadly speaking, people who are on their feet a lot can put themselves at risk of developing plantar fasciitis. While this includes athletes, people whose jobs involve extended periods of...

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5 Ways Podiatrists Treat Heel Pain

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Heel Pain Treatment, Plantar Fasciitis | Comments Off on 5 Ways Podiatrists Treat Heel Pain

Heel pain may be brought on by a multitude of conditions. Heel spurs are one of them. They often result from an extended bout of plantar fasciitis. The spurs are actually calcium deposits that form at or near the inflamed fascia. Although quite painful, our Utah podiatrists are able to treat them in the following ways: Heel Pain Treatment #1: Rest & Ice Sometimes spur related heel pain may be reduced with a combination of rest and cold compresses. As such, your Utah podiatrist may recommend the use of store bought compresses or homemade ones on a daily or weekly basis. Heel Pain Treatment #2: Cortisone Injections If ice and rest doesn’t alleviate the pain, our Utah foot doctors may recommend that heel pain sufferers receive a series of cortisone injections. The injections are designed to reduce the swelling...

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4 Tips for Coping With Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Heel Pain Treatment | Comments Off on 4 Tips for Coping With Plantar Fasciitis

Dealing with plantar fasciitis sometimes be a bit of a trial. Fortunately, we have come up with a few clever tips for coping with plantar fasciitis pain. Stretch Before You Step There is nothing more painful than those first waking steps. To ease the pain of getting out of bed, stretch your calf before even putting your foot on the floor. This can easily be done with a towel or even your pillowcase. With your leg straight and the towel around your foot, gently stretch. Once you can feel the muscles begin to pull in the lower leg, do not stretch any further. Hold the stretch for half of minute and repeat a few times. This will help to loosen the muscles and make that first step out of bed a less painful experience. Tennis Anyone? If you do...

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Plantar Fasciitis: The Foot Pain With A Strange Name

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Heel Pain Treatment | Comments Off on Plantar Fasciitis: The Foot Pain With A Strange Name

Even if you can spell it, you probably can’t pronounce it. Whether you have the name down or not, plantar fasciitis is a real pain in the foot. It is estimated that over 2 million people are treated yearly for plantar fasciitis. One of the most common causes of heel pain, it is caused by inflammation, strains and small tears in the long band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot. Called the plantar fascia, this tissue connects the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch of the foot. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain near the heel of the foot, often feeling like a stabbing pain. Typically it is noticed when first beginning activity after a period of rest. The pain usually comes about gradually over time as the injury worsens, and is most...

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