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Causes of Heel Pain

Every mile you walk places a tremendous amount of stress on your feet.  The good news is your feet can handle a heavy load, but too much stress may push them past their limit.  The shoes you wear or surfaces you train or walk on can increase the stress level.  Heel pain is commonly one of the first signs that too much stress is being placed on your feet.  A sore heel with usually get better on its own with adequate rest.  The problem is many people try to ignore the early signs of heel pain and continue the activities that caused it.   Heel pain can have many causes.  It is important to see the podiatrists at Coastal Podiatry…

Simple Steps to Defeat High Heels

It is common knowledge that high heels are bad for feet and when worn for a long period can cause all sorts of foot problems.  It is typically the day after wearing high heels that women have the most pain or discomfort.  This pain may be mild and achy to intense and severe.  Some women are not able to walk for hours or days after just one long day in heels.  The pain may be localized to a pressure spot or might cover the entire foot.  These symptoms vary depending on the foot structure, heel height, shoe structure, and time spent in the show.  Taking over the counter pain meds and staying off your feet will help, but it does…

Runners Foot Pain

While running can be great for a person’s overall health, it is harder on the feet than any other physical activity.  Foot pain is common in both recreational and competitive runners.  This is because the average person hits the ground with two to three times their normal body weight when they run.  This pounding places considerable stress on the foot and ankle.  According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, a 150-pound jogger will expose their feet to a total impact of 150 tons over the course of a three-mile run.   To put this into perspective, a small compact car weighs about 1 ton.   To help the feet cope with this pounding, proper footwear is crucial for preventing pain.  Foot…

Is there a rock in my shoe?

A common cause of pain between the toes while walking is a neuroma.  Neuromas are caused by a small growth of nerve tissue and are otherwise known as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor.  The nerve most commonly affected nerve is found between the third and fourth toes.  A neuroma is a growth of nerve tissue causing a burning sensation, tingling and numbness, or swelling between the toes and in the ball of the foot.  Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area.  Another common feeling during walking is that of a stone beneath the foot.   The exact cause of a neuroma is unclear but foot…

What Your Podiatrist Can Do For You In 2016:

Be there when you need them. Podiatrists treat conditions of both the foot and ankle. If you have pain or questions about your feet, they are well qualified. Each podiatrist goes to a medical school specifically for foot and ankle. Today’s podiatrist also does a three year surgical residency. If you have consistent pain or problems, you don’t have to just live with them. Come see us and we can answer questions and give surgical and non surgical treatment options for anything from discolored or ingrown nails to bunions and fractures. Treat your whole family. Our podiatrists are well qualified to treat feet and ankles from birth. If you have questions about flat feet or otherwise bring your child so…

Peyton Manning-Bad Plantar Fasciitis vs Partial tear?

Dr. Holdren Otis Manning is currently listed on the injury report as right shoulder, rib and left foot injury. There are differing reports about what caused him to leave the game Sunday after throwing 5 passes and 4 interceptions again the Kansas City Chiefs. Peyton Manning has struggled with plantar fasciitis over the season. Plantar fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome, is the most common cause of heel pain. It is seen in individuals who are physically active or have increased their daily activity. The plantar fascia itself is a thick band of tissue attaching to the heel bone, the calcaneus. Tugging and pain are usually felt at this attachment, but pain can be in the arch as well. This tugging can…

What your runnning shoes are not giving you.

Dr. Holdren Otis I have spoken with many runners and their trials of trying to find the correct running shoe for their build, running gait, mileage, terrain and foot type. There are many, many types of shoes to choose from and the task can be daunting. Let me start with what a running shoe can offer for you. The first is protection from the road below your feet. Why wear shoes in the first place? The reason is to allow you to run on anything from icy paths, rocky dirt roads, a smooth river trail or a grassy field. The second a running shoe will offer is cushioning to take away a little shock from your body falling to the…

Heel Pain=Plantar fasciitis, Well Not Necessarily.

Dr. Holdren Otis "You almost want to pee in your bed rather than go to the bathroom. It's really painful in the morning," Albert Puljos, a baseball player for the Angels, said it best in an interview with USA today in 2013.  Plantar fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome, is the most common cause of heel pain. It is seen in individuals  who are physically active or have increased their daily activity. The plantar fascia itself is a thick band of tissue attaching to the heel bone, the calcaneus. Tugging and pain are usually felt at this attachment, but pain can be in the arch as well. Pain in the morning and when getting up to walk after sitting for a period…

Winter Boots are out and High Heels are in!

Now that the winter boots have finally been put away for the season (hopefully, this is Michigan after all!), it's time to consider how your shoes are impacting your feet.  This handy chart shows that high heels are the #1 cause of foot pain, and includes some tips for making your feet a little happier while wearing them, such as: Wear comfortable walking shoes, such as sneakers, to and from work and change into heels at work. Select Shoes with a heel no taller than 2 inches. Limit your time wearing high heels Be sure that any high heel shoe has enough room for your toes and plenty of cushioning under the ball of your foot. Follow this advice and…

Miguel Cabrera May Need Surgery

Detroit Tigers' First Baseman Miguel Cabrera may have to undergo off-season surgery for bone spurs.  Tigers General Manager Dave Dombrowski said: "We're checking him out from a physical perspective and we've already done some of the work on that and we'll do some more this week. Then we'll determine what we're going to do beyond there and that will be more of a doctor's decision." Dombrowski said of the injury: "There's no question that the ankle started to bother him... [i]t hurt him at times worse than others because it was there but if you would do something to jar it, it would hurt him." Bone spurs are the result of strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot. …

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