What To Do About Plantar Fasciitis

What To Do About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis most often manifests itself with severe heel pain and stiffness. The cause of the pain, however, isn’t the heel directly. It’s a long ligament called the plantar fascia that stretches all along the bottom of your foot connecting your toes to your heel bone.

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Holly Madison Have A Heel Fissure? Charles A. Suleskey, DPM

Reality television show star Holly Madison of The Girls Next Door on the outside is your typical next door beauty. She may have the perfect face but unknown to many, she is suffering from a foot condition. Sadly, the model and best-selling author is suffering from heel fissures.

What is a heel fissure?

Heel fissures is simply the cracking of your heels due to dry skin.  Though cracked heels is generally not a major health concern, this should not be ignored as it can lead to serious complications if left untreated.

Cracked heels are common in elderly considering that their skin is not as moisturized when they are younger. Another common victim of cracked heels are women who love to wear heels. Consult a podiatrist to learn more about heel fissures. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with foot disorders.

What should I be aware of?

First, you need to make sure that the skin on your feet does not become dry, hard and flaky. These may cause deep fissures that can be painful and even bleed. Simple cracked heels can also lead to infection especially for people suffering from diabetes.

  • Some of the causes of heel fissure
  • Other causes of heel fissures include:
  • Dryness and calluses
  • Prolonged neglect of the foot
  • Lack of proper foot care
  • Prolonged standing
  • Overweight
  • Excessive feet activity
  • Wearing back-open sandals or shoes
  • Continuous exposure to water
  • Medical conditions such as: vitamin deficiency, athlete’s foot, eczema, psoriasis, diabetes, thyroid disease, and some other skin conditions

What are twelve Tips for heel fissures? (Always consult your doctor first)

  1. Develop a regular regime of cleaning your feet.
  2. Moisturize your feet on a daily basis.
  3. Soak your feet in warm water for 15-20 minutes before going to bed each night.
  4. Do foot scrub with pumice stone or foot file.
  5. Apply heavy moisturizer or lotion and cover it with foot covers or a pair of cotton socks.
  6. How to possibly prevent heel fissures?
  7. Exercise your feet regularly.
  8. Keep feet clean and moisturize all the time.
  9. Avoid walking barefoot.
  10. Avoid wearing high-heels and open-back shoes.
  11. Avoid long exposures to water and damp area.
  12. Increase blood circulation by soaking feet in warm water.

At Charles A. Suleskey, DPM located in Venice, Florida, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot disorders.  To schedule an appointment call (941) 493-7999

What are the Possible Causes of Heel Pain? Charles A. Suleskey, DPM

Heel pain is a common occurrence. This is because it is usually caused by abuse when walking, running or any foot activity. But the causes of heel pain are not only associated with use. It can also be caused by an underlying foot injury or condition.

Heel pain is often shrugged-off as part of our daily lives. But when pain persists or increases in intensity, then this could be a sign of a serious foot injury. If this is allowed and the underlying cause is not immediately identified, the injury could have a debilitating effect and aggravate the foot condition.

A visit to a podiatrist can help identify if your heel pain is caused by an underlying foot condition. Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people suffering from foot injuries and disorders.

Knowing the different foot condition that may cause heel pain gives us a better understanding on how to properly manage the condition. It helps us stop heel pain on its tracks or stop the foot injury from developing even further.

Plantar fasciitis. This condition is considered as the most common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the tight tissue at the arch of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The heel pain brought about by plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain during prolonged walk and standing for long periods of time.

Heel Spur. Many people confuse heel spur with plantar fasciitis. However, these two foot conditions are quite different. A heel spur is usually seen on people who have long standing heel pain brought about by plantar fasciitis. Simply put, people with plantar fasciitis may or may not have heel spur. But people who have heel spur, certainly suffer from plantar fasciitis.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome. This syndrome involves a large nerve located at the back of your foot. The nerve can be pinched or entrapped, causing heel pain.

Stress fractures. Stress fractures rarely cause heel pain. However, this is commonly seen in athletes such as long distance runners. These stress fractures directly affect the calcaneus. Individuals diagnosed with stress fractures must not return to his/her activities first and concentrate on healing to prevent further injury.

Posterior heel pain. This pain is located behind your foot and not beneath it. Heel pain can be caused by retrocalcaneal bursitis and Achilles tendonitis.

At Charles A. Suleskey, DPM  located in Venice, Florida, we specialize in helping people suffering from heel pain.  To schedule an appointment call (941) 493-7999.

Heel Pain and Painful Foot Conditions - Charles A. Suleskey, DPM

Are you currently experiencing heel pain? It wouldn’t come as a surprise that a study conducted by the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), found that this was one of the most common foot ailments affecting 16% of the American population. 

Heel pain can be caused by your feet coming into contact against hard surfaces when playing sports or simply wearing poor fitting shoes. While most of us might shrug off heel pain as something trivial, this could also be a symptom of a serious foot injury. If left untreated, it could become a chronic problem.  Heel pain can be caused by many factors or foot injuries. When pain becomes chronic or intensifies, consult a podiatrist.  Dr. Charles Sulesky is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with heel pain and other painful foot conditions. 

Plantar fasciitis – this foot condition occurs when the ligament (plantar fascia) that supports the arch of your foot becomes strained. The pain is usually located under your heel. Pain starts as something mild but eventually worsens especially when you take your first steps in the morning or after a long period of rest.  If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can become difficult to treat. Treatment options include icing, wrapping, stretching, pain medications, orthotics, injections, immobilization and physical therapy. 

Achilles Tendinitis – this can be the result of excessive use of your Achilles tendon. This tendon connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. Other causes include tightening of the calf muscles, age, injury, bone spurs and basic tendonitis.  Achilles Tendinitis should be treated as quickly as possible. This can result in a ruptured tendon or tendonosis which is a chronic condition and produce scar tissue formation. 

Fat Pad Thinning – your fat pad thins through walking or running on hard surfaces, age and obesity. This condition occurs on the fleshy ball of the heel of your feet. This can be caused by aging and when this happens it is best to consult your podiatrist. Treatment and management of fat pad thinning includes the use of special foot wear or wearing supportive insoles.

At Charles A. Suleskey, DPM located in Venice, Florida, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot injuries.  To schedule an appointment call (941) 493-7999.