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By Providence Foot Health Center
May 18, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions

Are you dealing with a nasty case of plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is a frustrating little problem, especially if you are someone who values their morning run or daily exercise routine. Even if you aren’t what you’d call an avid exerciser, you may still find that your heel pain makes moving around and going about your day more complicated than you would like. A podiatrist is the best medical specialist to turn to when heel pain becomes an issue.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes inflammation within the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs the length of the foot along the soles from the toes to the heels and provides the arches of your feet with support and shock absorption. Unfortunately, microtears within the tissue can occur gradually over time (common in runners), leading to irritation and inflammation.

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Those with plantar fasciitis may notice that their heel pain is at its worst first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting or standing. The tricky thing is that the pain often subsides throughout the day, making you think you can get in your run or regular workout routine after all. The only problem with that is that the heel pain often comes back with a vengeance after exercising. Along with heel pain, you may also notice painful or aching arches.

When Should I See a Podiatrist About My Heel Pain?

We know that no one wants to make an unnecessary trip to see their podiatrist unless the situation warrants it. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you are experiencing heel pain or any symptoms, it is important that you always seek immediate medical care to prevent the issue from getting worse.

While most healthy individuals will be able to handle their heel pain on their own, it’s also important to know when you need proper and more comprehensive care from a podiatrist. It’s important to turn to a podiatrist right away if you have severe pain, pain that makes it impossible to walk or put weight on the foot, numbness or tingling in the heel or foot, or heel pain caused by an injury.

If at-home care isn’t easing your heel pain after five days, then you should also give us a call so that we can create a more effective treatment plan for you.

Don’t let heel pain drag you down. If you are having trouble managing your symptoms and they are impacting your everyday activities and quality of life, it’s time to schedule an evaluation with a podiatrist.

By Providence Foot Health Center
October 12, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Heel pain got you benched? Here are some ways to get your pain under control.

Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you could have an overuse injury known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet. If you’re a runner, have quickly intensified your workouts, or are on your feet all day, you may find yourself dealing with plantar fasciitis in Washington, DC. Your podiatrist, Dr. James Mintzer, can help diagnose and treat your heel pain.

What are the signs of plantar fasciitis?

Since there are many causes for heel pain you may be wondering if you are dealing with plantar fasciitis or something else. If you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s a good idea to turn to your podiatrist and his team to find out if you have plantar fasciitis. Some of the telltale signs include:

  • Pain that originates below the heelbone
  • Pain that may radiate to the arches of the feet
  • Swelling
  • Pain and stiffness that are worse in the morning or after periods of inactivity

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

While it’s a good idea to have a podiatrist evaluate your foot, especially if your symptoms are severe or completely new, you may be able to manage your symptoms through rest, activity modification, and simple lifestyle changes. Most minor cases of plantar fasciitis will recover in a few weeks with ample rest and home care. Some of the ways you can ease your symptoms include:

  • Avoiding high impact activities or strenuous activities 
  • Elevate your foot to reduce swelling
  • Stretch the feet every day to loosen the ligaments and muscles to reduce pain and stiffness
  • Ice the foot 2-3 times a day for 10-15 minutes at a time to ease pain and swelling
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication
  • Talk to your podiatrist about bracing or splinting your heel at night while you sleep. This can reduce pain and stiffness that are often worse in the morning

How does a podiatrist treat plantar fasciitis?

If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis in Washington, DC, you should visit your podiatrist to confirm that this is what’s causing your heel pain. If your symptoms aren’t improving, or are getting worse, despite rest and home care then you should also give us a call.

Ways in which our team may treat plantar fasciitis include:

  • Crafting custom orthotic or shoe inserts to provide additional support and cushioning for the heels and arches
  • Providing a walking boot or cast
  • Steroid injections
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Surgery for severe cases

Are you living with heel pain, or having trouble getting your plantar fasciitis under control? If so, your Washington, DC, foot doctor Dr. Mintzer can help. Call Providence Foot Health Center at 202-269-4062 to schedule an evaluation.

By Providence Foot Health Center
May 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

If you experience pain in your heels as soon as you step out of bed in the morning, or if your heels ache after a long day of being on your feet, you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory disorder in the connective tissue of the foot. This is a common problem seen at Providence Foot Health Center in Washington, DC, and your podiatrist, James Mintzer, has plenty of experience in diagnosing and treating it.

Below, a few frequently asked questions about plantar fasciitis are answered.

What is the plantar fascia?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of stretchy tissue that expands the length of the foot's base, connecting the bones under the toes to the heel. This tissue, known as a ligament, helps to support the foot's arch.

How does plantar fasciitis happen?

Constant use of the feet can bring on plantar fasciitis, which causes tiny tears in the tissue. This is a common occurrence for people whose jobs require a lot of standing or those who run for exercise. These risk factors can be exacerbated by obesity, arch abnormalities (high arches or flat feet), or ill-fitting shoes.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The good news is that most people recover from plantar fasciitis without surgical intervention. Along with anti-inflammatory medication, your Washington, DC, foot doctor may start treatment for your plantar fasciitis by suggesting new shoes that fit well and offer the support you need. Physical therapy exercises may also be helpful in promoting healing. If conservative treatments of your plantar fasciitis aren't successful, Dr. Mintzer may administer steroid injections to help reduce inflammation and pain. In some cases, a surgical procedure may be needed as a permanent solution.

Contact Providence Foot Health Center in Washington, DC, if you think you might be dealing with plantar fasciitis. We can be reached at (202) 269-4062.

By Providence Foot Health Center
November 13, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.

The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.

Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:

  • Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
  • Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
  • Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
  • Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
  • Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
  • Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness

Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.

Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.

If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.

By PROVIDENCE FOOT HEALTH CENTER
April 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.


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