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By Henry Slomowitz DPM
January 18, 2019
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain can cause major discomfort throughout the course of your day, especially when you’re required to spend a lot of time standing Heel Painaround, walking long distances, or playing sports. Find out how your heel pain can be eased with the assistance of Dr. Henry Slomowitz, a foot doctor helping patients in Paterson, Paramus, and Hackensack, NJ.

Reasons for Heel Pain
Your heels provide much-needed stability and balance for your feet when you’re standing, and a solid launching point when you’re running or jumping. When they’re in pain, it can put you out of commission, reducing your motivation to complete even simple daily functions. A condition called plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toe bone is a common cause of heel pain. It can lead to heel spurs, bony growths on the heel. Another possible reason for heel pain is a callus caused by friction with tight shoes.

How a Foot Doctor Can Help
Sometimes heel pain is caused by a simple problem that can be resolved with a simple solution. For example, wearing an orthotic device that has been customized for your needs could help support fallen arches or cushion the heel so that it doesn’t rub against your shoes. Doing heat or icing therapy with your Paterson, Paramus, and Hackensack, NJ, foot doctor could also ease discomfort. A modern technology called ESWT (Electro-Shock Wave Therapy) can spark healing in inflamed foot tissues.

Heel Pain Prevention Tips
There are best practices you can implement at home to reduce the chance of heel pain in the future. These actions include:

- Paying more attention to the way that you walk, as overpronation is a major cause of plantar fasciitis and flat-footedness
- Taking the time to give your feet warm baths after a long day
- Performing the foot stretching exercises recommended by your doctor regularly

Heels Hurt? Get Treatment
Your feet and heels shouldn’t hurt—they should give you the support you need to get through your day. Seek treatment at the office of Dr. Henry Slomowitz, a foot doctor serving patients in Paterson, Paramus, and Hackensack, NJ. Call (973) 684-1011 for the Paterson/Hackensack location, or (201) 599-9255 for the Paramus office today to schedule a visit.

By Henry Slomowitz DPM
May 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

How your podiatrist in Paterson and Paramus, New Jersey can help relieve your heel painheel pain

If your heel hurts, don’t ignore it! Your feet carry you through the activities of your life, so you don’t want to be sidelined by annoying and debilitating heel pain. Dr. Henry Slomowitz wants to help your feet feel better. He has offices in Paterson and Paramus, New Jersey and also proudly serves the residents of Hackensack and Ridgewood.

Heel pain can restrict your ability to walk around, turning you into a couch potato! It’s also very common, especially if you suffer from diabetes, carry excess weight, have flat feet, or do high contact activities like running or tennis.

You can get heel pain from:

  • Heel spurs, resulting from calcium deposits or muscle and ligament strain
  • Stone bruises, resulting from stepping on sharp objects or stones
  • Inflammation, resulting from Achilles tendon strain
  • Baxter Nerve compression

Plantar fasciitis is another common cause of heel pain. The thick band of tissue running across your heel, called the plantar fascia, can become inflamed. Plantar fasciitis causes sharp, chronic pain in your heel, your arch, and the side of your foot. Runners commonly experience plantar fasciitis.

Heel pain may be relieved with some home remedies, including:

  • Placing ice packs on your heel several times each day
  • Doing arch and Achilles tendon stretches daily
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medications
  • Wearing heel wedges and more supportive footwear

For heel pain that isn’t relieved by home therapies, you need to visit a skilled podiatrist like Dr. Slomowitz. He will suggest several effective treatments to ease your heel pain, such as:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
  • ESWT (Electro Shock Wave Therapy)
  • Injection therapy

For severe heel pain that doesn’t respond to traditional therapy, Radio Frequency Lesioning may be recommended. This treatment option does not require any cuts to the skin or stitches, and there is no downtime after the procedure.

Don’t get sidelined by heel pain! Get some relief from your podiatrist. Call Dr. Henry Slomowitz, serving residents of Hackensack and Ridgewood with offices in Paterson and Paramus, New Jersey. Help your feet feel better by calling today!

TV newsreader Chris Bath when she was a young girl as a dancerWhile Chris Bath was forced to stop dancing ballet as a young girl due to knock-knees and flat feet, today the Seven Sunday Night host is still supporting her love for dance. Through her role as the new ambassador of Form Dance Projects in Parramatta, Bath is backing a push from local business and creative leaders to create an artistic hub in the city. Fourteen years ago, Form Dance Projects began as a community outreach center; today it is looking to accommodate its 800 dancers, choreographers, and school students.

“I loved dancing, but was not anatomically made for it so I had no turnout, my knees always wanted to knock in and my feet were also flat,” says Bath. “I realized at age 12 when my teacher told me, but I refused to give in. This is the great thing about Form, it’s not just dancing—there are opportunities to become involved in workshops, choreography, special artistic projects.”

Flat feet can be a debilitating condition. If you have flat feet contact podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz can discuss with you several options to help alleviate the problems of flat feet or other podiatric conditions.

What are Flat Feet?

Flat feet are a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. Standing about 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arch never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – if you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area.
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe.
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle.
  • Flat look to one or both feet.
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn.

To learn more about flat feet, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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heel painWearing high-heels for long hours and even simply standing for hours without rest are habits that can place stress on the feet and cause plantar fasciitis. Presenting as heel pain, plantar faciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. UN Oriental Medical Clinic physician Lee Sung-hun believes this condition is easily preventable through simple changes in behavior.

The National Health Insurance Service published statistics showing that plantar fasciitis is more common in females than males. More specifically, women in their 30s to 50s are the most prevalently affected.Heavy physical activity, weight gain, and hormonal changes are common contributors. Sung-hun states that in Oriental medicine, acupuncture, bee venom, and moxibustion are used to treat plantar fasciitis, but suggests supportive footwear and stretching the Achilles heel and calf muscles as helpful alternatives.

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition and requires medical attention. If you experience discomfort when applying weight to the heel, see a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will provide quality care for all of your foot and ankle related concerns.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

To learn more about plantar fascia please follow our link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Paramus, NJ and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis.

Plantar FasciitisAt first, Colorado fitness instructor and graphic designer Tammy Moore thought her shoes were the source of her heel pain. But after a while the pain became so intense that sometimes it was difficult for her to even stand up.

She decided to visit a doctor, who identified her condition as plantar fasciitis.  

Moore spent upward of $1000 on physical therapy, new shoes, and insoles. She found that stretching her feet regularly did a lot to make her heel feel better. It ended up being more than a year before her plantar fasciitis fully subsided. “At the first signs, if you think you have it, start (treatments),” she said. “If I felt it coming back, I think I’d do all these things.”

Plantar fasciitis is very painful, but can usually be treated with a wide variety of options. For help with your heel pain, call podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz, DPM. Dr. Slomowitz will let you know if you have plantar fasciitis or not and recommend an appropriate treatment.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer. For more information about Plantar Fasciitis, please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Paramus and Paterson, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

Read more about Plantar Fasciitis.



 

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