Find out why heel pain happens and how to handle the issue when it arises.
Many athletes, particularly runners, will deal with heel pain at some point during their lifetime. We understand just how much of a nuisance it can be and just how much it can affect your day-to-day life. Our podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY is here to tell you more about heel pain and the many ways in which you can address the problem.
Causes of Heel Pain
Before we can treat the problem, our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer needs to first figure out what’s going on. The most common cause of heel pain is an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is when the plantar fascia tissue becomes inflamed, often as a result of overuse. These symptoms may appear gradually and it’s usually characterized by heel pain that radiates to the arches and is often worse in the morning.
Other causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendonitis: characterized by pain behind the heel
- Heel bursitis: characterized by pain behind the heel or deep inside the heel (pain usually gets worse throughout the day rather than better)
- Stress fracture: common in runners and those in contact sports
Treating Your Heel Pain
Once we examine your feet and determine what’s causing it, we will be able to create a customized treatment plan that will help speed up the healing process and also help you manage your symptoms as the problem heals. In some cases, heel pain can be managed with simple at-home measures such as:
- Rest: Stay off your feet and rest as much as possible. Avoid strenuous exercise.
- At home exercises: Such as rolling your foot on a tennis ball and stretching
- Custom orthotics: Shoe inserts made by a podiatrist can reduce pain and provide your feet with support.
- A night splint: This device can stretch out the foot while you sleep to reduce pain in the affected tissue.
If these treatment options don’t improve your symptoms than other measures may include extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT).
Here at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY, your foot health is paramount. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care or is severe, it’s important that you give us a call right away.
Foot problems are common in people with diabetes. You can lower your chances of having foot problems by taking care of your feet every day. Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Foot & Dental Wellness in Brooklyn, NY, offers a complete range of podiatric services. Here are six smart tips for diabetic foot care.
1. Examine your feet.
People with diabetes may have foot issues, but feel no discomfort in their feet. Stay a step ahead of diabetes-related foot complications by examining your feet every day. Search for problems such as cuts, calluses, ingrown toenails, red spots, scabs, sores, corns, and blisters. Look for signs of decreased blood flow, such as shiny or thin skin, abnormal hairlessness, and temperature variation.
2. Wash your feet every day.
Wash your feet every day, preferably with warm water and mild soap. Always check bath water with your hands first to make sure it's not too hot. Be gentle when washing your feet. Wash them using a sponge or soft washcloth. Do not soak your feet. Thoroughly dry your feet, especially between the toes. Pat your skin dry; do not rub.
3. Keep your skin soft.
Moisturize after washing and drying your feet to keep your skin smooth and soft. Coat your feet with a small amount of foot cream, lotion, or petroleum jelly on the tops and bottoms of your feet. Avoid rubbing lotion between your toes.
4. Wear socks and shoes.
Wear socks and shoes at all times. Do not walk around barefoot indoors or outdoors. Don't wear pointy-toe shoes or high heels. Avoid shoes that leave your toes or heels unprotected, like flip-flops, sandals, or open-toed shoes. Check your shoes before wearing them. Make sure there are no objects inside. Choose clean, comfortable socks that fit well.
5. Trim your nails regularly.
Trim your toenails after showering, when they are soft. Trim your toenails straight across and use a nail file to give your nails a slight curve. Avoid cutting into the corners of toes. Keep your toenails at a moderate length. Short nails are more prone to becoming ingrown nails. If you need help, see your podiatrist.
6. See a podiatrist regularly.
Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer specializes in foot and ankle care, including the treatment of diabetes-related foot problems. See your podiatrist every few months, even if you don't have any problems with your feet. Get your feet examined by your doctor at every visit. Your podiatrist will play a key role in helping you manage diabetes successfully and avoid foot problems. Dr. Kauderer performs Doppler exams to check the circulation of patients.
Give your feet some TLC. Call our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Foot & Dental Wellness at 718-232-2100 today to schedule an appointment in Brooklyn, NY. Good blood sugar control and a good daily foot-care routine will help keep your feet healthy.
Find out more about why toenail fungus happens and how you can prevent it.
Whether you are someone who has been dealing with persistent toenail fungal infections for years now or this is your first time facing this problem, you may be wondering why it is happening and what you can do to prevent it in the future. Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY can tell you more.
What causes toenail fungus?
Many different fungi can be responsible for causing an infection within the toenail, but the typical offender is a fungus known as a dermatophyte. In some situations, molds or yeast can also cause infections. A fungal toenail infection can also be the result of athlete’s foot that spread from the skin between the toes to the nails themselves.
What are the symptoms of a toenail fungal infection?
Sometimes people don’t realize that they even have a fungal toenail infection because they don’t notice any pain, swelling or other obvious symptoms; however, if one or more of your toenails are yellow or brown, has thickened, or become brittle then you could very well be dealing with a fungal infection. Even though you can develop a fungal infection within the fingernails, it’s far more common for the fungus to invade the toenails.
How is this infection treated?
There are several approaches you can take to treat this issue. Of course, if you are an otherwise healthy individual you may choose to tackle this problem with over-the-counter treatments that you can easily pick up at your local drugstore. Unfortunately, topical fungal treatments can’t often penetrate through the hard layers of your toenail to effectively kill all the fungus trapped underneath.
So, a more effective approach is to turn to our Dyker Heights podiatrist to help you determine the best course of action. Those who deal with persistent fungal infections may require a cold laser procedure that targets and kill the fungus without affecting the healthy nail or skin around it. Cold laser treatment is non-invasive, requires no downtime, is painless and can sometimes fully kill the fungus in just one session. In just a few months, as the nail grows out, you will see the yellow nail becoming clearer.
Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY, is here to provide your entire family with the podiatric services you need. Don’t hesitate to call our office today.
Don’t let severe or chronic foot pain affect your daily life.
Foot pain can happen for a number of reasons, from a sports-related injury to the development of a chronic condition like arthritis. When foot pain arises it’s important that you have our podiatrist Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY by your side to make sure your feet get the care they deserve. If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis-related heel pain or a neuroma (thickening of the tissue around the nerves between the toes), and aren’t seeing results from conservative, at-home care then we have other solutions.
Treating Heel Pain
Heel pain is one of the most common complaints our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer sees and it’s often the result of overuse. These micro tears within the plantar fascia (tissue that runs along the soles of the feet) can lead to an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis (the most common cause of heel pain).
Dr. Kauderer may recommend conservative treatments to manage symptoms, including stretching and rolling your foot on a tennis ball. There are some people who deal with severe or chronic forms of heel pain that don’t clear up these simple methods.
When this happens you’ll want to talk to us about whether extracorporeal pulse activation treatment (EPAT) is right for you. This non-invasive, FDA-approved treatment is designed to handle heel, muscular and tendon pain. This shockwave therapy works by stimulating the body’s natural healing response while also improving blood flow to the area.
Blood brings along essential and healing nutrients that the tissues need to thrive and regenerate. Furthermore, by stimulating the body’s natural healing response we can help the damaged tissue heal more effectively.
This painless procedure doesn’t require anesthesia and patients can return to their work and daily routine in about one to two days after treatment. You’ll come in for about three sessions about once a week to alleviate symptoms. You may require fewer or more sessions depending on the severity of your heel pain.
Morton’s neuroma can cause serious and chronic foot pain. If the pain is persistent, doesn’t respond to at-home care and makes it difficult to stand or walk around then it’s time to talk to us about alcohol ablation treatment.
Ultrasound-guided alcohol ablation is an effective method for treating serious and painful neuromas. Local anesthesia is first administered to the area to numb the region prior to treatment. Then the ultrasound technology safely and accurately guides a very thin needle into the neuroma. The needle contains a high concentration of alcohol (ethanol) that is injected directly into the neuroma, which targets and eliminates pain often in just one or two sessions.
Our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY, is dedicated to offering a full range of podiatric services. Call us today to schedule your next appointment.
Protecting your feet from the harsh winter weather is an important aspect when preparing for the changing seasons. With help from your podiatrist, you can keep your feet warm, healthy, and free from complications this season. Find out more about protecting and caring for your feet properly with Dr. Corinne Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Toenail fungus occurs when a person comes into contact with a fungus which then enters the nail, usually through tiny cuts or scrapes. Thanks to the toes’ warm, moist environment, they make the perfect home for the fungus to grow. Some people are more susceptible to fungal infections than others, though doctors do not have a definitive reason why. Toenail fungus is preventable with proper toenail care, avoiding walking barefoot in moist, warm environments like locker rooms, public showers, or public pools, and keeping the feet clean and dry. In addition to these steps, always wear clean socks and wash the feet thoroughly at least once a day. Your podiatrist can help you treat your toenail fungus with prescription creams, ointments, lacquers, or even laser treatments.
3D Printed Orthotics
With 3D printing becoming more and more popular, medical devices like orthotics, which used to require a physical plaster mold of the foot have given way to more modern, state-of-the-art methods. 3D printed orthotics cut down on manufacturing time, thus cutting down on manufacturing price. Made from quality, durable materials, 3D printed orthotics are made to last.
Bunions are a bony growth at the base of the big toe which can cause severe discomfort and pain if left untreated. Though they usually begin painlessly and progress very slowly over time, your podiatrist can help monitor and treat your bunion to prevent future growth or discomfort. If you have a lump at the bottom of your big toe, you could have a bunion and would benefit from seeing your podiatrist to determine the best treatment plan for you. Some patients can slow bunion growth with simple changes like losing weight or wearing different shoes. More severe cases may require bunionectomy surgery to remove the growth altogether.
For more information on these foot-related topics or protecting your feet from the winter weather, please contact our Dyker Heights podiatrist Dr. Kauderer at Dyker Heights Advanced Foot and Wellness Center in Brooklyn, NY. Call (718) 232-2100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Kauderer today!
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