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April 14, 2020
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One of the most common concerns that people have regarding their foot health is heel pain. The pain is typically felt just behind or under the heel, where your heel bone connects to your Achilles tendon. In some cases, you can even feel it on the side of your heel. Fortunately, by seeing our podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr, here at our practice in Fort Myers, FL, you can find relief for this common concern.

Common Symptoms of Heel Pain

Heel pain usually starts off gradually before becoming more severe, and in many cases, there isn't one singular injury that produces the issue. In fact, most cases of heel pain are caused gradually, for instance, by wearing the wrong kind of footwear. The reason for this is that flat shoes might overstretch your plantar fascia until it becomes inflamed or swollen.

If you have an injury, however, such as a tear, you will experience severe and immediate pain and even hear a popping sound when you injured your foot. Your pain may also worsen upon waking up in the morning, but then gradually ease as long as you give the affected foot ample rest throughout the day. Otherwise, your pain will grow worse towards the day’s end.

When to Visit Your Podiatrist

See your podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL, if you’re experiencing:

  • Heel pain, tingling, numbness, or fever
  • Severe heel pain and swelling
  • Heel pain and fever
  • Difficulty moving around normally
  • Heel pain that persists for more than one week or even when you’re not moving your foot
  • Difficulty standing on your tiptoe or bending the affected foot downward

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Our podiatrist will inspect your affected foot and ask you certain questions about the intensity of your pain, how much/what kind of movement you perform on a daily basis, what kind of shoes you wear, and what past injuries are included in your medical history. Your knee and feet muscles will likewise be inspected to check for any abnormal skin changes or shape. However, while physical tests are sometimes enough to diagnose the cause of heel pain, in other cases, imaging scans and blood tests may be needed for a more accurate diagnosis.

Worried about Your Heel Pain?

Arrange a consultation with our podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr, here in our Fort Myers, FL, office by dialing (239) 931-3668.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
May 15, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is nothing to ignore. Causing extreme discomfort and even long-term immobility, this podiatric condition can change your life Plantar-Wartpermanently...unless you receive help from your Fort Myers podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr. He sees many cases of heel pain, and most come from a condition called plantar fasciitis. Learn here how to regain your mobility and be pain-free.


Plantar what?

Plantar fasciitis. An inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia, connective tissue which runs along the bottom of the foot between the toes and heel. plantar fasciitis really hurts, particularly in the area of the heel bone. In fact, many podiatry patients in Fort Myers have spurs, or bony projections, off their heel bones, adding to the discomfort of plantar fasciitis.

Who gets this common problem, and what causes it? Basically, it's an overuse issue associated with poor gait. In other words, if you are on your feet a lot, or if you are an avid runner or tennis player, you may develop heel pain.

Overpronation, a gait imbalance involving the inward rotation of the foot and flattening of the arch, adds to the discomfort, along with obesity, poorly structured shoes and age. Foot experts at the Cleveland Clinic say that most people with plantar fasciitis are between the ages of 30 and 60.


Treating heel pain

When your podiatrist examines and images your feet (with X-rays or an MRI), he can pinpoint plantar fascia problems and heel spurs. Symptoms, along with what precipitates and relieves them, clarify the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis.

What can be done? Surprisingly, few people require surgery. Simple rest, ice, elevation and over the counter pain meds relieve immediate symptoms. Long-term, however, many patients require:

  • Custom-made shoe inserts to correct their gait imbalance and to support and cushion the arch
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises, particularly first thing in the morning and before a workout, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen
  • Night splints which keep the plantar fasciia stretched
  • A program of regular exercise and weight loss

University Health News reports that people who consistently follow a rehab regimen set out by their podiatrists or orthopedic physicians experience vast improvement in their plantar fasciitis.


Why suffer?

You can manage your heel pain with a little counsel from Dr. Brian Doerr in Fort Myers, FL. He and his staff offer top-notch care for all your podiatric needs; so don't wait. Call (239) 931-3668, and treat your feet well.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
February 14, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can have a very disruptive effect on your life. In fact, 60 percent of heel pain sufferers surveyed by the American Podiatric Heel PainMedicine Association had trouble performing their usual activities due to the pain. Fortunately, your Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doeer, offers treatments that will help ease your heel pain.


Why do I have heel pain?

Nearly everyone has had heel pain at some point in their lives. You may have noticed it after you stepped on a Lego left on the floor or worn shoes that looked good but certainly didn't feel great. Although pain caused by minor injuries usually gets better in a few days, the pain may persist if you have one of these conditions:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: The condition occurs when the tough band of connective tissue on the underside of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. If you have plantar fasciitis, you'll probably notice that the pain is worse when you stand or walk after sitting for a while or just after you take your first steps in the morning.
  • Bone Spurs: Bone spurs often develop if you have plantar fasciitis. The calcium deposits rub against the bottom of your heel, triggering pain in some cases.
  • Heel Fissures: Fissures are cracks in your skin. Applying lotion regularly may help heal shallow fissures but may not be so helpful if the cracks are deep and painful.
  • Achilles Tendinitis: Pain and swelling at the back of your heel may be due to inflammation in the Achilles tendon, the long, thin tendon that connects your calf muscles to the bones of your heel.


When should I call the foot doctor?

When pain doesn't get better even after reducing the amount of time you've spent on your feet, you should pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with our Fort Myers podiatrist. He can reduce your painful symptoms through a variety of treatments, including corticosteroid injections, night splints for plantar fasciitis, physical therapy, and boots/casts that reduce any pressure on your heel while it heals.

Orthotics can also be helpful for many heel conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, fissures, and tendinitis. These prescription shoe inserts improve the alignment of your foot, distribute weight over your feet evenly, as well as support and cushion your heels.


Call us today!

End your heel pain with a visit to the podiatrist. Call your Fort Myers, FL, foot doctor, Dr. Brian Doeer, at (239) 931-3668 to schedule an appointment today!

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
July 09, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Dealing with heel pain? Find out what could be causing it.Heel pain

Heel pain happens to the best of us. While most of us will be able to stay off our feet for a couple days until the issue subsides it’s also important to know what’s going on and when you might need to turn to a professional for care. Our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist Dr. Brian Doerr is here to tell you more about the causes of heel pain and what you can do about it.

What is causing my heel pain?

One of the most common causes of acute heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This occurs when the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of your feet and supports the arches) becomes inflamed.

Those with plantar fasciitis may also find that their heel pain is worse when they first get up in the morning or when exercising but often subsides throughout the day.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Arthritis

When should I seek medical attention for heel pain?

While most causes of heel pain such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis will go away on their own as long as you give your feet proper care and rest, there are some instances in which the smartest and healthiest choice for your feet is to visit a foot doctor in Fort Myers, FL. It’s time to seek immediate medical attention if:

  • Heel pain and/or swelling is severe
  • You can’t put weight on the foot or bend the foot
  • Heel pain is accompanied by numbness, weakness or tingling in the foot
  • You also have a fever
  • Your pain came about after an injury

It’s also a good idea to schedule an appointment with a foot specialist if heel pain doesn’t go away after a couple of weeks of at-home care, or if heel pain lingers even if you aren’t moving or putting weight on the foot.

No matter whether you have questions about foot care or you are dealing with symptoms that warrant an evaluation from our podiatry specialist in Fort Myers, FL, don’t hesitate to call us and schedule a consultation. We are always here to help.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
April 12, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis or something else?heel pain

It can be rather alarming to wake up and get out of bed to notice that it hurts to walk. Heel pain is certainly not something you should just ignore (and it most certainly won’t let you forget about it). But what could be causing your heel pain? Our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr, is here to provide a little insight into the world of heel pain.

The Causes of Heel Pain

You would be surprised how many people deal with heel pain. It’s a fairly common problem, after all. Of course, there are many reasons you could be experiencing these issues. The number one cause of heel pain is often a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the toes.

Other causes include:

  • Bursitis of the heel
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel pad inflammation
  • Stress fracture
  • Bone bruise or cyst
  • Morton’s neuroma

As you can see, there are quite a few things that could be causing your heel pain, but let’s focus on the most common reason: plantar fasciitis. So, how will you know if you have plantar fasciitis?

Signs Your Heel Pain is Actually Plantar Fasciitis

While heel pain is the most common symptom associated with plantar fasciitis, there are a few other signs that could be warning you that you have this inflammatory condition including:

  • Stiffness in the foot, particularly when first waking up or moving around after long periods of rest
  • Heel pain that is exacerbated by standing for long bouts of time
  • Experiencing heel pain when walking up stairs
  • Pain that goes away during exercise but comes back right after

Of course, even if you are experiencing these symptoms, you don’t really know that you have plantar fasciitis until our Fort Myers foot doctor sees you. We can evaluate your symptoms and perform a physical examination to decide if plantar fasciitis is the culprit. If so, there are a variety of easy, at-home treatment options you can follow every day to manage your pain until you heal. You’ll be happy to hear that most cases of plantar fasciitis do go away on their own, but you’ll want to rest and limit any aggravating activities until you are feeling 100 percent better.

If your heel pain is affecting your daily activities, getting worse or isn’t responding to rest then it’s time to call our Fort Myers, FL, podiatry office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doerr.