If you are suffering from heel pain in South Florida, the Boca Raton Podiatry Center can help!

If you spend your days working on hard surfaces or wear shoes that irritate sensitive tissues, it’s easy to develop heel pain, which is the most common problem that can affect the foot and ankle.

The Boca Raton Podiatry Center is located at 2900 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton,  FL (South BLDG).
The Boca Raton Podiatry Center is located at 2900 N. Military Trail in Boca Raton,
FL (South BLDG).

Your heel can hurt for any number of reasons, the most common being an inflammation or tearing of the plantar fascia, a band of fibrous connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel bone across the arch to the toes. This condition is known as plantar fasciitis and can cause pain that radiates from the heel to other parts of the foot.

If you are suffering from chronic heel pain, it is imperative that you consult your primary care doctor or orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist right away to determine the severity of the issue and to develop a treatment plan. In most cases, a doctor will examine the heel, looking and feeling for signs of tenderness and swelling.

Five common treatment tips for heel pain include:

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Whether you’re rehabbing after an injury or simply looking to help safeguard yourself from a future one, Delray Beach Podiatry has the information you need to strengthen your ankles.

Learn how to strengthen your ankles with the easy exercises in this article!
Learn how to strengthen your ankles with the easy exercises in this article!

At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatrist with over 30 years of experience, notes that your ankles should not be neglected when it comes to your exercise routines, as they are a complex network of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tissues, and nerves that endure constant pressure throughout the day as they absorb your body weight every time your lower limbs strike the ground.

First, there are four basic motions of the ankle joint that you should know before you begin your exercises:

  •  Plantar flexion: pointing your toes away from the knee.
  •  Dorsi flexion: pulling your toes upward off the ground and toward the knee.
  •  Inversion: pointing your toes inward (toward each other).
  •  Eversion: pointing your toes outward (away from each other).

It’s also important to remember that you also pay attention to the back of the lower leg, as well as the front. Tight calf muscles can lead to foot, ankle, and knee injuries and problems. Additionally, the Achilles tendon that attaches the calf muscle to the back of the heel should also be stretched.

With that in mind, here are five exercises approved by Dr. Goldbaum that you can do to strengthen and reward your ankles and lower legs for all they do for you!

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If you are suffering from heel pain in South Florida, the Boca Raton Podiatry Center is here to help.

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is caused by the inflammation or tearing of the plantar fascia, a band of fibrous connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel bone across the arch to the toes. This condition is most often accompanied by pain that radiates from the heel to other parts of the foot.

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis or some other form of chronic heel pain, seek medical attention from your primary care doctor or orthopedic foot and ankle specialist in order to determine the severity of the issue and to develop an effective treatment plan.

Heel Pain Treatment at Boca Raton Podiatry Center
Heel Pain Treatment at Boca Raton Podiatry Center

When it comes to advanced, state-of-the-art treatment methods, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatrist with over 30 years of experiences, is one of the only medical clinics in South Florida currently offering the Erchonia’s new FX 635 laser treatment for the relief of chronic heel pain conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

“Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful and persistent,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who has offices in Delray Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach. “Erchonia’s FX 635 laser is ideal for chronic heel pain sufferers, because it offers effective, pain-free treatment — without side effects. In just three weeks with two treatments per week, patients can have significant and lasting relief from plantar fasciitis.”

The FX 635 laser provides individuals experiencing chronic heel pain with a non-invasive, efficacious solution to quickly improve their walking comfort and quality of life without surgery. While other lasers may claim to treat this problem, only the FX 635 has been market cleared by the FDA to treat plantar fasciitis.

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Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue running from your heel bone to the front of your foot.

(Learn how to prevent Plantar Fasciitis)
(Learn how to prevent Plantar Fasciitis)

The plantar fascia is designed to absorb the high stresses and strains we place on our feet. When too much pressure is placed on the area, however, it can damage or tear the tissue.

The body’s natural response to this type of injury is inflammation, which results in the heel pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis. Inflammation also makes the fascia more prone to microtears, which can lead to debilitating pain.

The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
  • Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning, or after a long period of rest.
  • Greater pain after exercise or activity

A recent study showed that there are approximately 2 million people being treated for plantar fasciitis every year in the United States.

With these helpful tips, however, we hope that you won’t be one of them:

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If you are suffering from cracked feet it’s more than likely that you have a common condition known simply as dry skin.

Learn how to care for dry, cracked feet!
Learn how to care for dry, cracked feet!

This fairly common condition can range from simple dry skin to painful, peeling or flaking areas of the skin and/or red, itchy patches. It most commonly occurs on the heels, ball of foot, or sides of the foot.

Dry skin, also known as xerosis, is usually considered a cosmetic problem, but if left untreated it can lead to a variety of far more serious problems.

Causes

Dry feet are caused by a lack of moisture in the skin. There are several common factors that can lead to dry feet, including:

  • Excessively hot showers or baths
  • Skin conditions such as eczema
  • Using non-moisturizing soaps
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes or thyroid disease
  • Cold weather
  • Physical Stress
  • Low humidity
  • Aging
  • Lengthy exposure to the sun

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