Our West Haven, CT Foot & Ankle Pain Specialist Can Help You
HEEL PAIN & PLANTAR FASCIITIS
PLANTAR FASCIITIS, THE INFLAMMATION OF THE PLANTAR FASCIA
We offer several treatments for heel pain. Foot orthotics, physical therapy, or rest may be all that’s needed to restore your to its full function.
The plantar fascia is a thick tissue that connects between the heel bone, across the bottom of the feet, and to the toes. The tissues of a healthy plantar fascia absorb shock in the arch of the foot. Tension on the tissues can cause tearing, leading to inflammation. The symptoms of inflammation is throbbing pain in or near the heel.
How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?
People with plantar fasciitis often complain of heel pain – especially pain that is worse in the morning after waking up, sitting, or standing for long periods of time.
What types of treatments are available for plantar fasciitis by Dr. Lazarus?
Treatment commonly includes stretching, physical therapy, and the use of foot orthotics. Dr. Lazarus will provide a consult to determine what treatment will be best for your plantar fasciitis.
In most cases, pain is manageable using an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. In other cases Dr. Lazarus may recommend steroid injections for severe pain.
A lot of people develop pain in there heels. In most cases, heel pain is not a symptom of a serious underlying health condition. However, it can affect a person’s quality of life, including the ability to stand, walk or exercise.
What types of conditions can cause heel pain?
Heel pain can be caused by many different conditions, such as, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, bone fractures, excessive pronation, gout, bursitis, fibromyalgia, arthritis and peripheral neuropathy.
What types of treatments are available for people with heel pain by Dr. Lazarus?
Depending on your diagnosis from Dr Lazarus, you may need to rest the heel, wear different shoes, use foot orthotics, or undergo physical therapy. In severe cases, patients may need steroid injections or surgery.
So, if you're suffering with heel pain, don't wait for it to become a chronic problem. Contact West Haven Foot & Ankle Center today, and we'll get you back, to the activities you love, in no-time.
The tendons are special tissues that connect the bones to the muscles. When tendons are put under repetitive stress or suffer a direct injury, they may become inflamed or begin to break down. This can lead to pain and limited mobility in the affected area. Tendonitis can affect nearly any tendon in the body, including the knees, elbow, hips and shoulder.
What are the symptoms of tendonitis?
You may have tendonitis if you experience sudden and severe pain near a tendon caused by an injury. Tendonitis may often cause gradual pain that worsens over time – perhaps due to repetitive motions. The Achilles tendon attaches your calf muscles to your heel bone, or calcaneus. You use this tendon to jump, walk, run, and stand on the balls of your feet. Continuous, intense physical activity, like running and jumping, can cause painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This is known as Achilles tendonitis (or tendinitis).
What should I do if I suspect I have tendonitis ?
If you think you may have developed tendonitis, administer immediate treatment using the acronym, ‘RICE’, which stands for Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Then, contact Dr. Lazarus’s office to schedule an appointment.
What types of treatments are available to treat tendonitis at West Haven Foot and Ankle Center?
Medical treatment varies. Dr. Sean Lazarus utilizes various treatments: Custom orthotics, steroid injections, which help reduce inflammation and temporarily relieve pain, Physical therapies that will also be beneficial for restoring lost mobility and range of motion. Tendonitis may persist for many weeks before fully improving.
Ankle sprains are an extremely common injury. They involve possible joint damage resulting in swelling, instability and pain, to more severe damage, such as torn ligaments, bruised cartilage and broken bones. Immediate treatment includes rest, ice, compression and anti-inflammatories.
Unfortunately, as many as 80% of untreated sprained ankles result in prolonged symptoms. These can include chronic pain or ankle instability, that makes a person prone to repetitive injury later in life and arthritic changes.
In our practice, we utilize the latest technology to determine if there is a fracture, dislocation or torn ligaments. If you've sprained your ankle or have a history of ankle sprains, early evaluation and aggressive treatment is the best way to avoid chronic pain, instability and arthritis of the involved joints.
FRACTURES OF THE FOOT & ANKLE
A broken bone is also known as a fracture. There is a common misconception that a broken bone is worse than a fracture. In reality they are the same. There are many different types of fractures or breaks.
A bone can be broken and the fragments can be out of position. We call this a displaced fracture. Conversely, if they are in good alignment it's called a non-displaced fracture. If a bone is broken and you can barely see it on an x-ray, it is a hairline fracture. Finally, if a bone is broken and one of the fragments has punctured the skin, we call this an open or compound fracture. Since open fractures can easily become infected immediate surgical management is required.
Broken bones are usually splinted initially to prevent bone movement and further damage to the soft tissues that surround them. If the fracture is displaced it may need to be set. In certain fractures, setting them can be difficult. In these types of fractures, surgery is also indicated. This will provide the best opportunity for healing.
Even though all of this sounds very scary, most fractures can be managed in a cast without going to the OR. Even simple fractures of the toes respond very well to this treatment. And yes, we do put casts on toes. Not the plaster or fiberglass most people think of. Instead, we use a mesh tape which holds the toe in place.