Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis
The Benefits of EPAT® for Heel Pain
At Connecticut Foot Care Centers, we frequently see Hartford and Middlesex County patients who are frustrated by their inability to get relief from heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. And, they’re not alone. Approximately 2.5 million people in the U.S. are affected by this condition. The long muscle that stretches along the bottom of your foot is known as the plantar fascia and it helps maintain the arch of your foot. If the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and starts to pull away from the bone, it can cause extreme pain in the heel. Patients may find relief through stretching, icing the heel and resting from activities that aggravate the plantar fascia. However, these are often temporary or do not substantially reduce discomfort. If this is your situation, it may be time to try shock wave therapy.
EPAT stands for Extracorporeal Pulse Activated Technology. It is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes unique sets of acoustic pressure waves to activate biologic and angiogenic responses in the body. This produces microcirculatory improvement and helps speed healing and tissue regeneration.
Some of the benefits of EPAT include:
- No downtime
- No anesthesia necessary
- Zero risk of infection
The results are rapid, with some patients reporting immediate relief and 80% showing significant pain reduction or are pain-free after only three treatments.
Is EPAT Right for You?
If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis pain, contact one of our six Hartford and Middlesex County offices. We offer convenient early morning and late appointments to accommodate your busy schedule. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M., Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M. and Raffaella R. Pascarella, D.P.M. will conduct a thorough podiatric examination of your feet and get a complete medical history to determine if EPAT may provide the relief you’ve been seeking.
Do you wince at the first steps out of bed every morning from excruciating heel pain? You’re likely living with a very common condition called plantar fasciitis. There is a ligament in your foot, the plantar fascia, which connects your heel to your toes and supports your foot’s arch. When the plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed or suffers small tears, it can cause great pain in your heel – especially first thing in the morning.
Can I minimize the pain of plantar fasciitis?
Luckily, plantar fasciitis pain can be managed and minimized with some simple stretches that you can do even before you get out of bed. This is a great way to start your day! Try these stretches to ease the pain and start the day right:
- First things first, it’s always important to warm up before any exercise – even stretching. Wake your feet up by tracing the alphabet in the air with your toes.
- Next, try to point your toes and flex each of your ankles 10 times.
- Roll both ankles simultaneously in one direction, then the other. Repeat 10 times.
- Pretend that you’re trying to pick up a pen or small object with your foot by crunching your toes towards your sole. Hold for up to 15 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times with each foot.
- Finally, sit on the edge of your bed and place your heel on the floor. Use your hand to pull your big toe towards you. Hold that for 15 to 30 seconds, then release. Repeat this four times on each leg.
Having a nice cushy pair of slippers waiting for you when you first step out of bed can also be a huge help for comfort, as can wearing supportive footwear the rest of the day. If your plantar fasciitis continues to flare up, and ice, rest, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication are not helping, it’s time to check in with a podiatrist.
If you are dealing with painful heels, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Plantar fascia is the ligament that connects toes to your heel. If left untreated, it can tear and get seriously painful. Our team of doctors, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., can help to treat this condition. Come visit us at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Middletown, Glastonbury, Newington and Kensington, Connecticut.
Plantar Fasciitis is the everyday cause of heel pain because it involves swelling of the thick group of tissues that routes along the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heel bone. The plantar fascia and other foot muscles work with the arch. But when there is stretching in this area, it results in inflammation at the base of the heel. This condition commonly results in a sharp throbbing pain that occurs with your first steps when you wake up. As you move more, the pain decreases but then returns after standing for a long time.
Treatments such as electrotherapy and ultrasound are used to relieve symptoms as well as a good massage. Stretching and shoe inserts are great at reducing pain. Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen helps in the early stages of this condition. Stretching is very helpful as it acts to alleviate weight off your foot until the original inflammation goes away. Applying ice to the inflamed area for a half hour can also drastically reduce symptoms if done multiple times a day. It’s very important to follow these guidelines as failure to do so may result in an injury that is only fixable through surgery, which can have a very long recovery time based on the seriousness of this condition.
If heel pain is left undiagnosed, it can spell the beginning of severe foot pain, especially for those who stand on their feet for extended periods of time. If you are experiencing heel pain, please contact our office today for an appointment as soon as possible. We will make sure that your pain is significantly reduced, if not completely, and will have you on the road to using your feet the way they were meant to be used!
Plantar fasciitis occurs most often either as an acute or a semi-acute injury. The ligament that runs along the heel to the toe, called the plantar fascia, becomes strained or ruptured. The condition afflicts mostly athletes and those who are avid exercisers. Pain symptoms can disrupt everyday activity as the plantar fascia becomes tender and swollen. The condition can be caused by improper footwear and constant stress on the feet from strenuous activity. When treating plantar fasciitis, take time to rest properly and see your doctor.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
· Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
· Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
Flip flops are easy to take on and off, however they are dangerous for your feet. Everyday flip flop use can cause plantar fasciitis. Stress fractures, tendinitis, and shin splints are also problems that stem from wearing flip flops too often. Flip flops that are too small for your feet might give you blisters and other infections. However, flip flops that are too big will cause you to slip and fall while you walk. Experts believe that well-fitting sneakers are the best option for your feet.
Wearing flip-flops for a long period of time can be harmful for the feet. To learn more, visit one of our podiatrists of Connecticut Foot Care Center, LLC. Our doctors will provide you with the foot- and ankle information you seek.
Flip-Flops and Feet
When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops. Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off, perfect for any summer beach goer. However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.
How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?
- Ankle problems
- Hip problems
- Lower back problems
- Pain in the balls of the feet
- Problems with foot arches
- Changes in the way you walk
Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
Yes. Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections. Common injuries and ailments include:
- Sprained ankles
- Cuts and Scrapes
If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Connecticut. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.