Heel Pain Treatment Options

Heel Pain Treatment Options
Heel pain is an overuse injury.  If you experience heel discomfort after long periods of rest or when you wake up in the morning, then your podiatrist may diagnose you with plantar fasciitis. Continue reading for tips on managing this condition.

Rest Your Foot

Heel pain develops when the long, strong, ligament on the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed at its attachment to your heel bone due to overuse. For this reason, podiatrists advise patients to rest their foot to avoid aggravating their symptoms and allow the inflammation to subside. Keep weight off your foot as much as possible and see your podiatrist at the earliest chance.  The longer you wait the longer it may take for your podiatrist to heal you.

Ice Your Foot

Applying cold to the area is an excellent way to reduce inflammation in the painful heel. Reduce your pain symptoms and the inflammation applying an ice pack, ice bath, or ice massage for 15-20 minutes every hour.

Take Pain Relievers

Your foot doctor may advise you to take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to help you manage your pain and reduce inflammation in your painful heel.

Stretch Your Foot

Your foot doctor may advise you to take over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) to help you manage your pain and reduce inflammation in your painful heel.

Wear Custom Orthotics

When the arch of your foot gets proper support, the weight of your body is then properly balanced through your feet which reduces the excessive stretching of the over-stretched ligament in the bottom of your foot.  Custom-made arch supports (“orthotics”) made from molds taken of your foot may provide you with long-term relief from heel pain symptoms.

Are you looking for treatment for heel pain near Whitestone? If so, then please contact Family Foot Center today by calling (718) 767-5555.

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Fungus Toenail Treatment Whitestone NY

Toenail Fungus

Nail fungus is a condition that is quite common. It starts with a white or yellow spot beneath the toenail. It may seem innocuous, but as the fungal infection goes deeper, the nail fungus may cause your nail to discolor, thicken and crumble at the edge. It also is rarely kept to one nail, and can affect several of them. Therefore, if nail fungus in one toe goes unchecked, it will most likely spread to other toes.

Toenail fungus can vary in discomfort. There are kinds that are quite mild and simply need treatment because they’re unappealing aesthetically. However, there are forms of toe fungus that are painful and cause thickened nails. If that’s the case, treatment from a medical professional is highly recommended. Once one gets a toe fungus, despite successful treatment, there is a higher chance of it coming back.

The proper, scientific name for toe fungus is onychomycosis (on-ih-koh-my-KOH-sis). Toe fungus can also spread to such a degree that it affects the area between your toes and the skin of your feet. At that point, it’s gone beyond a simple toe fungus and it takes on the name of “athlete’s foot”.

Fungal nail infections are caused by various different fungal organisms. The most common cause is a type of fungus called dermatophyte. However, yeast and molds are also common culprits of nail infections.

These infections can develop at any age, but are more common the older the person gets. This is because as one gets older, the nail becomes brittle and dry, which results the nail to crack. The fungi enters through these cracks. One can contract a nail fungal infection if they have reduced blood circulation to feet or a weakened immune system.

There are severe cases that must be absolutely treated by medical professionals. If they go unchecked, toenail fungus can create permanent damage to your nails. It could lead to the infection spreading beyond your feet, especially if you have a suppressed immune system.

If you have any of these symptoms, you could have toenail fungus:

  • Thickened nails
  • Whitish to yellow or brown discoloration
  • Brittle, crumbly or ragged nails