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June 2021

Heel pain can develop due to a variety of sources or causes, and can impact everyday life. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis which occurs when the plantar fascia (the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes) becomes inflamed. Heel spurs are another way heel pain may occur. This condition may occur when there is an abnormal bone growth where the plantar fascia and heel bone attach. Other painful heel conditions include calcaneal apophysitis (where the heel bone is irritated from new shoes or athletic activity), bursitis (inflammation of the sac that lines many joints), or a trapped nerve (when the nerves become compressed). Patients who are struggling with heel pain should consult with a podiatrist. A podiatrist will assess details regarding your pain, medical history and lifestyle. A podiatrist will also examine your gait, feet, and nerves to diagnose the source of heel pain and provide the best treatment. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. John Branwell of Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you have an elderly loved one living alone, it is important to be aware that they may be more at risk of falls and broken bones, which can lead to a decline in mobility, independence, and quality of life. Every year, at least one out of every four Americans over the age of 65 falls—and one fall increases the chances of another. An elderly person may have weakened bones due to osteoporosis or there may be other contributing factors that lead to falls. This can include vision problems, weakness in the legs and feet, balance and mobility issues, vitamin D deficiency, certain medications that reduce stability, and household hazards such as throw rugs, clutter, and uneven stairs. Improper footwear and foot pain can also increase the risk of falling, so it is suggested that a podiatrist examine your loved one’s feet to address any pain, and also to recommend proper footwear and possibly even create orthotics to correct gait issues.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Common Sources of Ankle Pain

The ankle helps balance, stabilize and support the body. Ankle issues that cause pain can affect the bones, muscles, or soft tissues. One common issue is a sprain, which occurs when the ligaments that connect the bones are damaged or torn. When the tendons in the ankle become inflamed (particularly the Achilles tendon), tendonitis occurs. Another issue that may occur is arthritis, which is a result of the joints becoming inflamed. Lastly, ankle fractures are also common. Most ankle injuries occur from the ankle twisting or turning beyond its normal range of motion, tripping or falling, or an increased force on the ankle when landing. Because different types of ankle pain can be a result of different injuries, patients who are struggling with ankle pain should consult with a podiatrist in order to get a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. John Branwell from Kearny, New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Kearny, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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