Relieving Your Foot Care Stress and Concerns
When you’re feeling lousy or have inexplicable pain, not knowing the reason behind it can make the discomfort seem that much worse. However, before you fall into the paranoid well of online diagnosis, allow us—the professionals—the chance to answer your questions and relieve your concerns. Our extensive knowledge and experience with all types of foot-related problems not only can help you understand your pain, but also can convince you to get the proper treatment. Come see what we have to offer.
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Is Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Therapy (EPAT) safe?
Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Therapy is a relatively new treatment method for many types of foot pain, including plantar fasciitis and tendonitis. Because there is no incision, no anesthesia, and no chemical or medication involved, EPAT risks are quite low. This FDA-approved therapy uses low energy sound waves targeted to the affected area to stimulate your metabolism. It causes increased blood flow in the area to speed up the healing process.
Each EPAT device is the result of extensive engineering research, medical input, and quality control to make the treatment safe and effective. In the hands of properly trained podiatrists, such as those at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates on Florida’s east coast, side effects are few. Patients may experience some tingling, redness, or minor pain at the treatment spot for a few days, or after a long period of exercise or work. If you have chronic foot pain that is not responding to other conservative remedies, call our Daytona Beach office at (386) 274-3336 and set up a consultation to see if EPAT is for you.
What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
Tendonitis is the condition when one of the bands of tissue that connect muscle to bone becomes inflamed. Typical symptoms of tendonitis include pain, stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and weakness.
The pain can be a muted aching, or a sharp, intense stabbing, and it is also described as burning pain that radiates to various surrounding areas. The tendon can stiffen up as it cools down, which makes it difficult to move properly. Swollen tissue can also feel stiff, as there is not enough room or flexibility for it to move freely. Whereas pain often occurs when you try to move, tenderness can also be felt when you press on the damaged tendon. If there is weakness, it is possible the tendon has been torn, as well as being inflamed.
Remember to condition muscles and tendons, and use stretching to avoid problems with tendinitis. When you notice redness, warmth, or fever, don’t delay calling Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates to evaluate your condition. If you keep walking on damaged tendons, they will only get worse. Contact us at our Port Orange or Palm Coast offices—(386) 788-6333 or (386) 586-7373—or our three other Florida locations listed on our website.
What is the recovery time for Achilles tendon surgery?
Surgery is often the best way to assure full recovery from a tendon tear and avoid future injuries. Achilles tendon recovery times can vary, but you should plan on several months before you can resume your normal activities.
Recovery time will include 6 to 12 weeks in a cast or surgical boot. At first, it will keep your foot pointed slightly downward so the tear can heal. Then it will gradually move your foot into a neutral position as healing continues.
Physical therapy may begin as soon as possible. It will include exercises to regain movement in the ankle joint, followed by those to strengthen the tendon and muscles. Part of the routine may include working on gait training to prevent further biomechanical problems that may weaken the tendon.
The better you follow the physical therapy regimen, the quicker you will regain use of your ankle, but it will likely take 4 to 6 months before you are in condition to participate in sports.
Our foot experts can guide you through every step of your recovery. Call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates Orange City, FL, office at (386) 775-2281 or check our website for other locations near you.
How can I treat heel pain after a run?
To treat heel pain from plantar fasciitis (the most common cause) try these remedies after you run. Roll a golf ball under your arch to massage the area, then do the same with a frozen water bottle to reduce swelling and pain.
Whether you are running or just walking around the house, make sure you use proper footwear. Flat sandals or flip-flops do not give your arch enough support and can make it harder to recover from the condition. Your shoes should fit comfortably, support your particular arch style, and have enough cushioning to absorb the impact of your steps.
If proper shoes don’t offer enough relief, we can design custom orthotic inserts to help provide what your feet need. Call Atlantic Foot and Ankle Associates in Port Orange, FL, at (386) 788-6333, or in Edgewater at (386) 957-4818, for more information, or to get help for your heel pain.
Why does my heel hurt in the morning?
When your heel hurts in the morning as you first stand on it, the culprit is usually plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the ligament at the bottom of your foot (plantar fascia) that helps support your arch.
The pain is caused by inflammation of the ligament and surrounding tissue, often due to overuse that stretches the ligament too far. The reason that the pain is worse when you first get up is that the ligament contracts while you rest. Then when you stand and the ligament suddenly is stretched taut again, it pulls where it’s attached to the heel bone. This tension can damage the lining of the bone or the fibers of the ligament itself. Your body rushes blood, fluid, and nutrients to the area to repair the damage, and inflammation results.
Other causes for sore heels include heel bursitis (inflammation of the protective bursa), Achilles tendon problems, arthritis, stress fractures, or (in kids) Sever’s disease.
For help with morning heel pain, contact the experts at Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Florida. Call (386) 788-6333 in Port Orange, FL, or check our website for our other four locations and phone numbers.
Can losing weight help relieve my heel pain?
Heel pain and obesity are definitely related. Pain is often the result of an overuse condition like plantar fasciitis. When you walk, each pound of weight exerts 3 or 4 pounds of force on your lower limbs. If you lose 5 pounds, it is like taking 15 – 20 pounds of pressure off your feet with every step. That can make a big difference in wear and tear on your tendons and bones.
If you need help losing weight, or if you have heel pain that doesn’t go away, it’s time to call Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates. We can diagnose the reasons for your pain and recommend treatment to get rid of it—including weight loss tips. Call our Daytona Beach office at (386) 274-3336, or check our webpage for additional Atlantic coast locations and phone numbers.
Can stretching help relieve heel pain?
Taking a few minutes every day for stretching could dramatically decrease your heel pain from plantar fasciitis. Sit on a chair and cross one leg over the other. Then, grab the back of your toes and pull them toward your shin for a count of 10. Repeat 10 times, three times a day—once before you get out of bed in the morning. This keeps the plantar fascia limber enough to avoid chronic pain and re-injury
Calf stretches can also help for pain in your heels. Stand facing a wall, place the affected foot back, bend the other knee, and lean into the wall keeping your back heel on the floor. Or sit on the floor and loop a towel around your toes, gently pulling them towards you to stretch the calf muscles.
For more information about plantar fasciitis, contact Atlantic Foot & Ankle Associates in Edgewater, FL, at (386) 957-4818, or check our website for our other four east Florida offices and phone numbers.