Do You Have Achilles Tendonitis?

32055108 S Achilles Pain Man Fit Runner Sneakers Grass HeelWhat happens if you have inflammation in your Achilles tendon? You have a condition known as Achilles tendonitis, which can be painful and impact the way you move. The Achilles tendon is the tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscle. It plays a critical role in your movement. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to take your daily walk or play your…

Foot Health Minute: Why Does Your Child Have Heel Pain?

Fhm Severs HeaderOne of the more common reasons a parent will bring in their 9-13 year old child has to do with complaints of heel pain.  Most of these children are active sports participants–soccer, football, cross-country, but certainly other physical activities like dance and gymnastics. While there may be other causes, most often they suffer from a condition known as Sever’s Disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis.…

Signs Your Shoes Are Wrong for You

12711791 Woman Putting On Red Flat Shoes Over GreyNo, we don’t mean it like your shoes are not your soulmates, but maybe they are not your “sole-mates”! We always stress the importance of buying shoes that are comfortable and supportive, and that’s really to help you prevent pain and problems in your feet and ankles. So if your feet are complaining to you or feel out of whack, it may be a sign…

Children’s Sports Injuries – Sever’s Disease

Shoes Nike Spalding Basketball Feet 1011596 SIs your sporty child complaining of pain in the heel? Is there swelling or redness in the heels? Discomfort when you squeeze both sides of the heel? He or she may be suffering from Sever’s Disease, or calcaneal apophysitis. It is a heel bone disorder caused by inflammation of the growth plate, a condition commonly found in children ages 8-15 who play sports. Children in…

Diagnosing the Problem: Heel Pain in Children

Heel pain in a child may be linked to a growth spurt. In other words: Growing pains may be real! A child with heel pain or difficulty walking may have Severs Disease/Calcaneal Apophysitis. In this condition, the heel bone grows faster than the surrounding tendons and muscles during a growth spurt, and they are overstretched. In addition, there are biomechanical factors which can trigger the…

There Are Solutions for Chronic Heel Pain

If you have a stabbing pain on the bottom of your heel that hits you when you first get out of bed in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis. The pain may gradually subside as you begin to move about, but can strike again after you’ve been sitting for a while. The plantar fascia is a thick tissue running along the bottom of your…

What is Shock Wave Therapy?

The latest treatment being offered at the podiatrist’s office is known as Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. This is a new and non-invasive technique that is now being used to successfully treat many foot conditions. The Shock Wave Therapy treatment essentially delivers high pressure shock waves that travel deep within the skin to heal affected skin tissues and bones without harm to the rest of the…

Mythbusters: Three Common Myths about Children’s Foot Problems

Maggie FeetWhen it comes to children’s foot problems, it is often difficult for parents to know what is normal and what needs attention.  Especially when small children don’t have obvious pain or when they are unable to express their discomfort very well, parents want to know whether “this too shall pass” or if it something that should be treated.  In search of answers, we’ve found that…

Foot Problems and Fall Sports

Kids Playing SoccerSummer has come and gone and with it the start of the school year and fall sports season.  Soccer, football, dance classes, gymnastics classes are all in full swing.  For some of the kids, however, it also means the onset of foot problems.  Heel pain, blisters, warts, damaged and ingrown toenails, fractures, sprains & strains have also become a part of the back-to-school routine. Sever’s…

Sitting is the New Smoking, Part 2

Walker 4wheelerSitting Is the New Smoking II –Keeping Seniors Walking [This is the second in a series, the first dealt with childhood obesity] How would you like to save money on your heating bills this winter?  It’s NOT an advertisement to get a new furnace or switch utility suppliers. Details below. Everyone knows –or should know that smoking is not good for you. It affects your…