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By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
September 26, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. It isn’t always easy to tell these two issues apart and they can certainly make it challenging to get around. Knowing the difference is key to figuring out the best way to treat the problem and when you might need to see our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist Dr. Brian Doerr.

Where is the location of the pain?

This is often the only way to tell these two foot conditions apart. Plantar fasciitis affects the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the underside of the foot from the heels to the toes. Therefore, if you notice pain under the heel and around the arches then it is more likely to be plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis often causes pain above the heel bone.

When does pain appear?

If you have plantar fasciitis you may notice that your pain is worse in the morning. This is because the fascia contract and tighten as we sleep. Once you get up, the irritated fascia stretches out, which leads to more severe pain and stiffness. You may also notice that icing the heel and stretching the foot provides some relief.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

If the arches of the foot aren’t properly supported this can lead to plantar fasciitis. This is common for long-distance runners and those who wear improper footwear. If you stand most of the day for work you may also be at risk for plantar fasciitis, particularly if you wear shoes that don’t provide arch support.

Should I see a doctor for my heel pain?

If your heel pain is minor then you may decide to rest your feet and see if the pain goes away. If the pain persists, gets worse or is severe then you will want to see our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist for a diagnosis. After all, while you may assume that you are dealing with plantar fasciitis there are quite a few conditions and injuries that can mirror this condition.

Is heel pain interfering with your daily routine? If so, call our Fort Myers, FL, office to schedule a consultation with our podiatrist. Don’t let heel pain tell you what you can and can’t do.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
March 11, 2019
Category: Podiatry

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, approximately one in ten Americans have heel spurs. While heel spurs are typically painful and cause discomfort, they can also be asymptomatic so many people are not aware of the problem. Heel spurs Heel Spursometimes develop with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is another common foot problem that results from inflammation to the long tissue that runs the length of the foot from the ankle to the base of the toes. Dr. Brian Doerr, a podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL, offers diagnosis and treatment for foot and ankle problems and injuries.

Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Fort Myers, FL

Q: What are Heel Spurs?

A: A heel spur is a bony protrusion caused by calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel.

Q: What Causes Heel Spurs?

A: There are a few potential causes for heel spurs. Approximately half of all cases of heel spurs occur with plantar fasciitis, but other potential causes include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bruising
  • Gait problems
  • Being excessively overweight, which places additional strain and pressure on the heels
  • Wearing shoes that do not fit properly or provide adequate support

Q: What are the Signs and Symptoms?

A: Many people with heel spurs do not experience symptoms, however, the most common symptom is sharp shooting pain in the heel, especially after long periods of inactivity like sleeping or sitting. Bone spurs can also cause inflammation, tenderness, and bony protrusions on the bottom of the heel.

Q: How do you Prevent Heel Spurs?

A: The best way to prevent heel spurs is to wear shoes that provide adequate support and shock absorption for your foot type. Replace athletic shoes at regular intervals, and make sure to stretch and warm up before and after work outs and intensive physical activity with adequate periods of rest and recovery in between. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding excess pressure on the joints is also important to prevent injuries and strains.

Q: How are Heel Spurs Treated?

A: Like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs can usually be treated conservatively with rest, orthotics, and lifestyle modifications if needed. However, in some cases, surgery may be an option if conservative treatments are insufficient.

Find a Podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL

For more information about heel spurs and other foot and ankle injuries and conditions, contact our Fort Myers, FL, office by calling 239-931-3668 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doerr today!