Posts for tag: Heel Pain

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
February 21, 2019
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems and can have a number of causes, most of which are usually not serious and can Heel paintypically be managed and treated conservatively. However, when heel pain becomes chronic, develops after an injury, or is generally recurring, it may be a symptom of a problem like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, two of the most common causes of heel pain. Dr. Bryan Sheehan, a podiatrist in Bentonville and Grove, OK, offers diagnostic and treatment options for heel pain and other foot and ankle related conditions and injuries.


What Could Be Hurting

There are a number of factors and podiatry issues that can result in heel pain. In addition to plantar fasciitis and tendonitis, other sources of heel pain include:

  • Arthritis
  • Stress fracture
  • Bursitis
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Inflammation of the heel pad
  • Tendon rupture or tear
  • Peripheral neuropathy (also known as diabetic foot)


What to Do About Heel Pain

If you are experiencing ongoing heel pain or acute (sudden onset) pain after an accident or injury, schedule an appointment with the podiatrist to determine the cause and extent of the damage. The podiatrist will perform a physical exam and potentially order an x-ray to determine the cause of your heel pain and extent of the inflammation or other problem.

If treatment for your heel pain is necessary, the most common treatments include:

  • Rest
  • Medication for pain and swelling
  • Physical therapy
  • Icing
  • Orthotics
  • Supportive footwear
  • Splints
  • Surgery (in very rare cases)


Find a Podiatrist in Bentonville and Grove, OK

For more information about the causes, treatment options, and things you can do to prevent or lower your risk of developing heel pain, contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheehan by calling 479-224-6411 for the Bentonville office or 918-787-6893 for the Grove location.

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
March 06, 2018
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

What your foot doctor in Bentonville and Grove wants you to knowheel pain

Heel pain can make life miserable, but fortunately, you can get some relief! You deserve to enjoy your life instead of being stuck on the couch. Dr. Bryan Sheehan your foot doctor at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America wants to share the facts about heel pain. He has two convenient office locations in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK to help you and your feet.

So, how do you get heel pain? There are few causes including:

  • Calcium deposits, commonly called heel spurs
  • Bruises from stepping on sharp objects
  • Inflammation in your tendons and ligaments

The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue running across your heel. Plantar fasciitis is common in runners, and you are at greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you are overweight, have flat feet, or stand or walk on hard surfaces for long periods.

The first steps to take to relieve heel pain are simple remedies you can try at home such as:

  • Icing your heel for 15 minutes several times during the day
  • Stretching your arches for 10-15 minutes each day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
  • Wearing wedges and heel supports in your shoes

If home remedies don’t offer relief, it’s time to visit Dr. Sheehan. He has several effective therapies and treatments for heel pain including:

  • Custom-made orthotics designed for your feet
  • Supportive footwear to support your arches
  • Physical therapy exercises to increase mobility
  • Prescription medications to decrease inflammation and pain

For severe cases of heel pain, he may suggest Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) to reduce or eliminate the pain.

Heel pain doesn’t have to slow you down and keep you from enjoying life. You deserve to live a life without heel pain so pick up the phone and call Dr. Sheehan your foot doctor at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America, with offices in Bentonville, AR and Grove, OK. Call today and start feeling better tomorrow!

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
September 13, 2016
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

Don’t let heel pain affect your daily life. Find out what you can do to ease your symptoms.

Heel pain is a common problem that our Bentonville podiatrist Dr. Bryan Sheehan sees on a regular basis. While not all heel pain is heel painsevere enough to affect someone’s activities, there are some that are plagued with such severe discomfort that it completely changes day-to-day routines. Before heel pain impacts your life, find out what you can do to treat it.

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects the thick band of tissue that runs from your heels to your toes. If plantar fasciitis is causing your heel pain, you’ll find that your pain is worse when first waking up or after physical activity. Of course, a proper diagnosis from our Bentonville foot doctor is a good idea, but in the meantime here are some good at-home tips for soothing your discomfort:

  • Use an ice pack on the heel several times a day for about 10-15 minutes at a time. Ice is a great way to target both pain and swelling.
  • Try an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to help with inflammation and pain.
  • Avoid strenuous or high-impact physical activities that will just exacerbate your condition.
  • There are some great exercises and stretches recommended by the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society to alleviate plantar fasciitis-related heel pain.
  • Wear shoes that provide arch and heel support. When you come in for proper care ask us whether orthotics could improve your foot health.
  • Avoid walking on uneven surfaces.
  • You can also wear a night splint or braces while you sleep.

If these options don’t work then more aggressive treatment options may need to be considered such as,

  • Cortisone injections
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Surgery

Don’t let heel pain slow you down. Turn to our Bentonville, AR foot care specialists at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America. We are here to make sure that you get the care you need to get back to your life fast.

By Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
October 16, 2015
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

You're nearly finished with your daily run when your heels starts to hurt. No matter how much you try to ignore it and power on, it just doesn't stop. A few days of rest might help, but if you don't notice any improvement, it may be time for a visit to your Bentonville Plantar Fasciitispodiatrist, Bryan M. Sheehan, DPM . Podiatrists are specially trained to diagnose and treat foot, ankle and leg issues, like these two common heel conditions that often affect runners.

Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that extends from your toes to your heel. When you strain this band, it becomes swollen and inflamed. Strain can occur for several reasons, such as tight calf muscles, running in old shoes that no longer provide adequate support, suddenly increasing the intensity of your running routine or even running on hard surfaces when you previously ran on softer surfaces.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms and treatment

If you have plantar fasciitis, you'll notice a stabbing pain in your heel that usually worsens in the morning and flares up after exercise. If you continue your usual training regimen and ignore the pain, the condition can become chronic. Plantar fasciitis is treated with rest. Although you can't run, walk for exercise, or use the treadmill, you can still swim or bike. Icing the heel can help reduce pain, as can stretching your calf muscles regularly. If your pain doesn't improve in two weeks, it's time to visit a podiatrist in Bentonville. Depending on the severity of the problem, he may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication, inject a steroid in your foot or recommend that you wear a splint and orthotics. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.

Achilles tendinitis

The Achilles tendon serves as the connection between your heel bone and your calf muscles. The tendon becomes inflamed when it's stressed, resulting in a condition called Achilles tendinitis. You can develop Achilles tendinitis if your running shoes aren't flexible enough, you increase the intensity or speed of your run, add hills to your routine, suddenly decide to increase the length of your runs or over train.

Achilles tendinitis symptoms and treatment

Achilles tendon pain usually occurs near your heel, but you might feel it anywhere along the length of the tendon. in addition to pain, you might notice that your heel is red and feels warm, or that there's a bump on the tendon. If you develop these symptoms, stop running, use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and massage your heel and calf muscles. If these self-care measures don't help, see your podiatrist. He can prescribe medication to reduce inflammation and pain, make a referral to a physical therapist and fit you with orthotics. If pain continues, some people benefit from surgery to repair the Achilles tendon.

When heel pain keeps you from running, visit your Bentonville podiatrist at Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America. Call (479) 224-6411 to make an appointment. Pain doesn't have to keep you off the track.

Understanding Your Available Options for Treating Heel Pain

With 26 bones in the human foot, the heel is the largest and is designed to provide a rigid support for the weight of the body, but it can also cause you immense pain. While walking or running, your heel absorbs the impact of the foot when it hits the ground, and springs us forward into our next stride.  With so much support resting on your heel, it is vulnerable to damage, and ultimately pain.  When pain is exhibited, our Bentonville, AR foot doctor can help eliminate and prevent further pain in your heel. Heel Pain Treatment
Many treatment options do exist for the relief of your heel pain, including rest, stretching, strengthening, change of shoes, arch supports, orthotics, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory agents, cortisone/steroid injection, and even surgery for extreme, chronic cases. Our podiatrist in Bentonville can help relieve your heel pain, allowing you to perform your daily tasks without interruption from disabling pain.

What is Causing My Heel Pain?

Heel pain is the most common causes of pain on the bottom of the heel with approximately two million patients being treated for this painful condition every year.  It occurs when the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed.  The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that lies directly beneath the skin on the bottom of your foot and connects the heel to the front of your foot, and supports the arch. 
Designed to absorb the high stresses and strains we place on our feet, the plantar fascia sometimes tears or becomes damaged due to too much pressure.  The body’s natural response to injury is inflammation, which results in the heel pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis.  In most cases, plantar fasciitis develops without a specific, identifiable reason.  There are, however, many factors that can make you more prone to the condition:
  • Tighter calf muscles that make it difficult to flex your foot and bring your toes up toward your shin.
  • Obesity
  • Very high arch
  • Repetitive impact activity
  • New or increased activity

Treat Heel Pain With Custom Orthotics

In order to treat your heel pain in Bentonville, Dr. Bryan Sheehan might recommend wearing proper shoes and orthotics as a conservative treatment method.  Orthotics refers to any device inserted into a shoe, ranging from felt pads to custom-made shoe inserts that correct an abnormal or irregular, walking pattern.  Also referred to as arch supports, orthotics allows people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. 
As you step and your heel strikes the grown, a significant amount of tension is placed on the fascia, which causes tiny tears in the tissue.  Orthotics help to reduce the tension on the plantar fascia, coming in many shapes, sizes and materials to better meet each individual’s needs.
If you are experiencing pain in your heel it is important to visit us at Ankle Foot Centers of Mid-America for further diagnosis and treatment.  From at-home care to more extreme treatment options, such as surgery, our Bentonville podiatrist can help eliminate your heel pain to help you remain active.

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Bentonville, AR

Ankle & Foot Centers
of Mid-America

Bryan M. Sheehan, DPM

Podiatrist in Bentonville, AR
Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America
1000 SE. Walton Blvd, Suite 16
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 224-6411
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1200 NEO Loop, Suite A
Grove, OK 74344
(918) 787-6893
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