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Need help with your heel pain from your Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden, ID, and Kellogg, ID, podiatrist?
The pain you're feeling may be caused by the inflammation of a connective tissue known as plantar fasciitis. This connective tissue isn't just in your heel though, it extends past the arch of your foot, reaching your toes. Your podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, has the expertise to provide you and others with the necessary information to cope and treat heel pain. Read below to learn more and contact our offices in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden, ID, and Kellogg, ID, for treatment!
More about Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, sometimes being referred to as heel spur syndrome when there is an accompanying spur. Other causes of heel pain include stress fractures, tendonitis, arthritis, and/or nerve irritation.
In many cases, pain manifests itself in different parts of the foot and worsens over the course of a few months. The causes of pain vary from one person to another and include
- Wearing improperly fitted or worn down footwear
- Problems with foot arches (flat or high-arched feet)
- Injuries, such as bruises, incurred during both light and intense activities such as walking, running, excessive jumping, or jumping on hard surfaces
- Being overweight or obese can contribute to your foot pain
There are several methods of treatment, some more conservative than others:
- Taking anti-inflammatory medications
- Wearing shoe modifications
- Undergoing Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy
- Performing stretching exercises
- Avoiding going barefoot
- Limiting activities
If you still have pain, see your podiatrist, who may take one of the following approaches:
- Padding and strapping: Pads that soften the impact of walking when inserted in the shoe.
- Orthotic devices: Custom devices that correct structural abnormalities.
- Injection therapy: Corticosteroid injections that help reduce the inflammation and relieve pain.
- Night splint: A night splint that helps extend and stretch the plantar fascia while sleeping.
- Physical therapy: Exercises that help provide relief.
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult call one of Dr. Jacqueline Babol's podiatry offices in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden, ID, or Kellogg, ID, today! (866) 303-3668 for Spokane Valley, and (208) 762-0909 for both Hayden and Kellogg.
Also known as onychomycosis, toenail fungus can be painful, irritating and embarrassing. When you experience trauma to your nail, the nail bed is lifted, allowing fungus to invade. Without treatment, this fungus can grow and spread, particularly in dark, warm, moist environments, such as socks and shoes.
Common signs and symptoms of toenail fungus include:
- Discoloring or yellowing of the nail
- Thickening or crumbling of the nail
- Swelling around the nail
- Disfigured nails
- Streaks or spots down the side of the nail
- Foul-smelling debris under the nail
- Pain and discomfort
- Complete nail loss
Prevention is Key
Fungal infections can affect the fingernails as well as the toenails, but toenail fungus is more difficult to treat because toenails grow more slowly. Because removal of the fungus is challenging, prevention plays an important role in treatment.
- Keep nails neatly trimmed.
- Practice good foot hygiene, including daily washing with soap and water, drying feet and toes, carefully, and changing shoes regularly.
- Always wear shoes in public areas, such as showers, locker rooms and pools.
- Wear comfortable shoes that aren't too tight.
- Avoid wearing nail polish for long periods, as it prevents the nail from breathing and can seal in fungus.
Treatment of Toenail Fungus
If you do develop toenail fungus, especially if the infection has become painful, visit our office. People with a chronic illness like diabetes should always see a podiatrist if they notice any changes in their nails, as it may be an indication of a more serious issue.
To eliminate the fungus, a podiatrist may remove as much of the infected nail as possible by trimming, filing or dissolving it. Oral or topical antifungal medications may also be prescribed to treat the infection. Laser treatment options are also sometimes available.
It’s only for severe, chronic infections that surgical removal of the nail might be recommended. Our office can help diagnose the cause of your toenail troubles, and make the best recommendation for treatment.