Find out when it’s time to see a doctor about your heel pain.
Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems that is treated by our Naperville, IL, podiatrist, Dr. Nancy Jagodzinskim. Luckily, it’s also often easy to treat.
The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heels. If you are experiencing pain under the heel bone that possibly extends to the arches of your feet, you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis.
More about Plantar Fasciitis
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include,
- Stiffness and/or tenderness in the heel
- Pain that radiates to the arches of the feet
- Pain that gets worse after activity or periods of rest
- Pain when putting weight on the heel
It’s most common to develop plantar fasciitis in only one foot; however, it is possible to develop this problem in both feet. This condition is most likely to appear after an athlete has either upped the intensity or duration of a workout, or if an athlete has changed the terrain where they run or work out (e.g. going from a treadmill to running on uneven or rocky terrain).
Here is the initial course of action for treating plantar fasciitis,
- Rest your feet and avoid high-impact activities such as running or jumping
- Elevate the foot to reduce swelling
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers
- Ice the heel 2-3 times a day for 10-15 minutes at a time to ease pain and discomfort
- Splint or brace the foot, which can provide additional support to the arches
If this is your first time dealing with plantar fasciitis then chances are good that you won’t be able to tell whether this is truly what’s causing your heel pain. This is when it’s a good idea to turn to our Naperville, IL, podiatry doctors for an evaluation. You should also come into our office if,
- At-home care isn’t improving your symptoms
- Your heel pain is severe or getting worse
- Your heel pain is recurring
- You can’t put weight on the affected foot
- You’re also experiencing numbness, fever, or redness in the heel
Need Relief? Give Us a Call!
If in doubt about the symptoms you are experiencing, don’t hesitate to schedule a checkup with our Naperville, IL, foot doctor here at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley. We will be able to quickly diagnose your heel pain and help you determine the best course of action to eliminate your heel pain. Our number is (630) 778-7670.
Are you one of the millions of Americans who have bunions? At Foot & Ankle Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski offers a range of treatments--many of them non-surgical--to correct foot aesthetics and to allow you to walk comfortably again. Learn more here about bunions--or Hallux valgus-- and how you can feel comfortable and function at your best.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony bump located on the side of the foot at the juncture between the forefoot and the big toe. Often bulging, red and callused, a bunion can force the big toe in toward the second and even third toes, and hammertoes, a claw-like deformity of the second, third and forth toes, often develop.
Who gets bunions?
More women than men get bunions, says the American Podiatric Medical Association. Excessive body weight, standing for long periods of time on hard surfaces and narrow-toed shoes with very high heels contribute to bunion formation. While some people exhibit no symptoms at all, many of Dr. Jagodzinski's patients truly suffer with pain, numbness, corns and calluses and difficulty walking.
If you suspect you have a bunion, come to Foot & Ankle Center of Fox Valley for a complete podiatric examination. Your foot doctor will look at your foot and watch how you walk. Some people with bunions overpronate their feet as they walk--in other words, roll the feet inward, flattening them, and placing undue pressure on the area of the bunion. Plus, Dr. Jagodzinski will X-ray your feet to view the joints. Based on exam results, she'll devise a treatment plan to manage your bunion and stop it from worsening.
Treatments may include:
- Stretching exercises
- Shoe padding and custom-made orthotics (inserts which correct how you place your feet as you walk)
- Over-the-counter analgesics such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
- Wearing shoes with lower heels and sufficient room in the toes
Surgery known as bunionectomy is an option for extreme cases. The foot doctor removes the bunion and re-aligns the big toe, stabilizing it. Dr. Jagodzinski offers a procedure which effectively hides the incision for a pleasing result. While this surgery may be performed in-office, the surgery does require rest at home, immobilization and sufficient downtime to heal the foot completely.
Make your bunion better
Seek capable and compassionate treatment from Dr. Nancy Jagodzkinski at the Foot & Ankle Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL. Don't wait. Call the office today for an appointment: (630) 778-7670.
Have your home treatments failed to improve your heel pain? A visit to your Naperville, IL, podiatrist Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski may help relieve your painful symptoms.
Common heel pain causes
Heel pain can be caused by:
- Stone Bruises: The bruises form on the fat pads under the skin on the bottom of your heel. You may be more likely to develop a stone bruise if you participate in a sport or activity that involves running or jumping, wear shoes that don't adequately support or cushion your feet, or have stepped on a small rock or toy. In some cases, stone bruises may be caused by structural problems that affect your feet. These bruises usually go away in a week or two as long as you limit the time you spend on your feet. If you continue to experience pain or develop the bruises often, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Naperville foot doctor.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that connects your toes to your heels, becomes inflamed. Inflammation can occur if you stand for hours, run, are overweight, or have flat feet or high arches. You're more likely to develop plantar fasciitis between the ages of 40 and 60. To help relieve pain, your podiatrist might suggest exercises that stretch the plantar fascia. You may also benefit from night splints, devices that hold your foot in the optimum position while you sleep, and orthotics that cushion your feet and improve their alignment. Surgery may be needed occasionally, although most people recover from plantar fasciitis without it.
- Achilles Tendinitis: The condition causes inflammation in the Achilles tendon, the taut tendon at the back of your heel. Ignoring Achilles tendinitis symptoms can increase your risk of developing a partial or full tear in the tendon. Luckily, your podiatrist offers treatments and devices that can help ease your pain, such as corticosteroid injections or prescription orthotics that reduce pressure on your heel. You may also benefit from exercises that help strengthen the muscles that support your tendon. Surgery is generally performed only if you have significant pain and your condition doesn't improve after months of treatment.
Are you concerned about lingering heel pain? Podiatrist Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski can help. Call Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley, LTD, at (630) 778-7670 and schedule an appointment with her today!
Are you having a little trouble getting rid of athlete's foot? The common fungal infection can be stubborn and doesn't always clear up with home treatment. Fortunately, taking steps to reduce your risk of a new infection and paying a visit to the podiatrist can be helpful. Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, Naperville, IL, foot doctor, helps her patients get rid of itchy, uncomfortable athlete's foot with effective treatment options.
How is athlete's foot treated?
You'll find a variety of topical anti-fungal medications in the foot care aisle of Naperville area drug stores. Using these products daily can kill the fungus that causes athlete's foot and relieve your symptoms. Your foot doctor may recommend stronger, prescription-strength anti-fungal medications if over-the-counter products aren't helpful. If your fungus doesn't clear up, oral anti-fungal medication may be needed.
What can I do to prevent another infection?
It's important to identify the risk factors that might have led to your infection. Common athlete's foot risk factors include:
- Going Barefoot in Public Places: Do you wear shower shoes or sandals in public locker rooms and shower rooms, or when you visit the local pool? Adding shoes to your gym or pool bag can help you avoid contact with the fungus.
- Sweaty Feet: Fungi multiply rapidly in moist, dark conditions. If your feet sweat heavily when you wear shoes, it may be difficult to prevent frequent athlete's foot infections. Spray your feet with foot powder before you put on your socks, and consider changing into a dry pair of socks during the day.
- Wearing the Same Shoes Every Day: Sweat becomes trapped under the innersoles of your shoes. If you wear the same shoes every day, perspiration never dries, making your shoes a very hospitable place for fungus.
- A Friend or Family Member with a Fungal Infection: You and your friends or family members may be sharing a fungal infection. If you use the same sheets, towels or washcloths as someone with athlete's foot, you may soon catch the fungus. If you can't avoid sharing sheets, wear socks to bed, or ask the other person to wear socks to prevent spreading the fungus.
- Washing Clothes in Cold Water: The athlete's foot fungus may survive a trip through the washer if you only use cold water. Use hot water (at least 140F) to kill the fungus on clothing, socks, towels, bathmats, washcloths, sheets and other items.
Do you suffer from frequent athlete's foot infections? Call Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, Naperville, IL, foot doctor, at (630) 778-7670 to schedule an appointment.
Does your ankle still hurt days after you twisted it? You may have a sprained ankle. Whether your injury occurred when you were playing your favorite sport, or you rolled your ankle when you unexpectedly stepped in a depression in the ground, your sprained ankle may keep you off your feet longer than you expected. Sprained ankles are among the foot and ankle conditions that Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, Naperville, IL, foot doctor, treats.
How do sprains occur?
Sprains happen when the ligaments that connect the bones in your ankle joint stretch or tear. Ankle sprains are grouped into three classifications. Grade 1 sprains only stretch your ligaments and are the mildest type of sprain. Partial tearing occurs in grade 2 sprains, while a complete tear happens if you have a grade 3 sprain.
What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?
Symptoms vary depending on the severity of your ankle sprain, but may include:
- Mild to Severe Pain: If you have a grade 1 sprain, pain may quickly diminish soon after you hurt your ankle, although you may feel a few twinges when you walk or stand. Pain is more intense in grade 2 and 3 sprains and lasts longer. Severe pain may make it difficult to walk or put any weight on your ankle.
- An Alarming Sound: Sound effects are common with sprained ankles. In fact, your ligaments may make a popping or snapping sound when they stretch or tear.
- Swelling: Swelling happens fairly quickly after you sprain your ankle and occurs as a result of increased blood flow to the joint. Flooding your sprained ankle with white blood cells promotes healing and decreases the risk of infection.
- A Purple Bruise: Bruises form when blood pools under your skin as a result of small tears to blood vessels at the moment you injured your ankle.
- Difficulty Walking: Pain, swelling or joint instability may make walking difficult if you have a swollen ankle. If you can't put any weight on your ankle at all or if pain, swelling, or other symptoms continue longer than a week, it's a good idea to pay a visit to a Naperville foot doctor.
Prompt treatment for your ankle sprain can help you avoid chronic pain and other consequences. Call Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski, Naperville, IL, foot doctor, at (630) 778-7670 to schedule an appointment.
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