Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Heel spurs refer to bony protrusions that develop on the underside of the heel bone. These spurs often result from calcium deposits forming over time, typically due to repetitive strain or stress on the foot ligaments and muscles. While many individuals with heel spurs may not experience any symptoms, others may encounter pain and discomfort, particularly when standing or walking. Contributing factors to the formation of heel spurs include wearing ill-fitting shoes, engaging in activities that place excessive pressure on the feet, such as running or jumping, and certain medical conditions like plantar fasciitis or arthritis. Overweight or obese individuals are also at a higher risk of developing heel spurs due to increased strain on the feet. Understanding the definition and causes of heel spurs empowers individuals to take proactive measures to alleviate discomfort. Heel spurs can be painful, and if you have this foot condition, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can offer you effective treatment options. 

Heel spurs are bony outgrowths from calcium deposits. They occur at the back of the heel bone or underneath the heel bone and usually form in response to chronic irritation of the Achilles tendon or plantar fascia. They are often asymptomatic, but if you are suffering from heel pain, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Symptoms of Heel Spurs

  • Tenderness

  • Heel pain

  • Pain when walking

  • No symptoms

Diagnosis

Since heel spurs are often asymptomatic, they are usually only diagnosed when they are found on the heels incidentally during an X-ray taken for another reason. Nevertheless, if you have heel pain, and particularly if you have plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, it may be worth it to see if you have heel spurs too. 

Treatment

Unless they are causing symptoms, heel spurs typically don’t require any treatment. When they are symptomatic, treatments are typically conservative. They may include resting and icing the affected foot, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and wearing orthotics or supportive footwear, especially while exercising. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Wearing high heels may make you feel taller and more beautiful, but they can also wreak havoc on your foot health. The elevated position of the foot in high heels puts tremendous pressure on the forefoot. This can lead to issues like bunions, hammertoes, corns, and calluses. Long-term wear of high heels can result in structural abnormalities and may even require surgical intervention. High heels can also strain the Achilles tendon, leading to Achilles tendonitis, and can cause inflammation of the plantar fascia, known as plantar fasciitis. Additionally, the altered posture from wearing high heels can contribute to knee and back pain, which may alter your posture, gait, and balance. Conditions like Haglund’s deformity, a bump on the back of the heel,  and Morton’s neuroma, which is metatarsal nerve pain, are also associated with prolonged high heel use. Despite the allure of high heels, it is important to prioritize foot health. To manage pain caused by wearing high heels, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist for treatment options. 

High heels have been in style for centuries, but unfortunately, they have also been damaging feet for centuries. If you would like to learn more about how high heels can hurt your feet, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

High heels can cause a variety of problems, including:

  • Foot and ankle pain

  • Foot and ankle injuries

  • Toe pain and deformities 

  • Gait abnormalities

  • Achilles tendonitis 

  • Changes in posture

  • Difficulty balancing

  • Leg, hip, and back pain

If you are reluctant to abandon your high heels, you can still wear them, but should take measures to minimize damage to your feet: 

  • Wear shoes with heels no higher than 2 inches

  • Choose properly fitted shoes

  • Choose shoes with a wide toe box

  • Wear high heels infrequently 

  • When wearing high heels, take them off periodically to stretch and relax your feet 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 02 May 2024 00:00

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

Don’t live with heel pain and get treated.

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

When it comes to running, the right pair of shoes can make all the difference in your performance and overall foot health. With a large number of options available, it is essential to consider several factors before buying running shoes. Prioritize finding a shoe that fits well, offering a snug yet comfortable feel with ample toe room to accommodate potential swelling. Understanding your foot's arch type is essential for selecting appropriate arch support to maintain proper alignment and prevent injuries. Consider the level of cushioning that suits your running style and preferences, whether you prefer a softer or firmer feel. For runners who have overpronation or supination problems, stability features like medial support or a wider base can help correct gait issues and reduce the risk of injury. Opt for shoes with flexibility and breathability to allow for natural foot movement and keep your feet cool and dry during long runs. Since every runner is unique, consulting a chiropodist for personalized advice is suggested to ensure you choose the most suitable footwear to support your running plans.

The right running shoes can sometimes be difficult to find. With so many options on the market, it’s important to know the unique needs of your feet prior to buying running shoes. If you require assistance, please consult with Emily Yu, B.Sc from Uptown Foot Care Clinic. Our specialist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When looking for running shoes, take into consideration:

  • The type of running you will be doing

  • The terrain you plan to run on

  • Your gait or running pattern

  • Your arch type 

  • Other unique foot needs

A chiropodist can help by examining your feet and your gait to determine what types of shoes may be best for you. Some runners may require motion control shoes, which prevent your foot from rolling too far inward while you run. Others may need stability shoes, which offer more balance, cushioning, and support. When shopping for shoes, make sure that they are the right size, fit comfortably, and are made of breathable materials. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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