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By Clinica de los Pies
November 11, 2015
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Learn more about the condition that is one of the common causes of foot pain.

Are you dealing with unexplained foot pain that makes it difficult to get around or perform your daily activities? Find out if your problem could be the result of plantar fasciitis and how your Huntington Park podiatrist Dr. Michael Mayo can help.Plantar Fasciitis

Q. What is plantar fasciitis?

A. This condition causes irritation or inflammation of the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia, which run from the heel to the front of the foot. The plantar fascia’s job is to provide arch support and to absorb some of the strain placed on your feet during daily activity. If the plantar fascia takes on too much stress inflammation can occur.

Q. What risk factors predispose me to developing plantar fasciitis?

A. Those with high arches or flat feet, those who have tight ankles or calf muscles, and those who are involved in repetitive movement activities like running are more likely to deal with plantar fasciitis. Also, suddenly increasing the duration or intensity of your workout can bring on a bout of plantar fasciitis.

Q. What are the symptoms of this foot problem?

A. The most common symptoms are foot pain and stiffness, particularly in the heel. The pain can be characterized as anything from a dull ache to a stabbing pain. The pain may be worse upon waking, after physical activity or after standing for long periods of time.

Q. Should I see my doctor about my condition?

A. While there are probably people out there that have made a full recovery without seeing anyone, it’s highly recommended that you see your podiatrist in Huntington Park. After all, you may think your foot pain is due to plantar fasciitis but it could be another condition altogether that also requires a different treatment. To play it safe and to make sure that you are treating your foot problem properly, you should come into our office for an exam.

Q. What are my treatment options to eliminate foot pain?

A. There are many forms of treatment that can be used to reduce your symptoms. We recommend taking time to rest and allow your fascia to heal. This means staying off your feet as much as possible and staying away from physical activity that places stress on the feet.

Other treatment options include orthotics, bracing or taping, corticosteroid injections, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, icing, or in rare cases surgery.

Don’t let foot pain control your life. Turn to our foot expert Dr. Mayo at Clinica de los Pies today to get the care you and your feet deserve.

By Clinica de los Pies
August 31, 2015
Category: Podiatric Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel PainLearn the best techniques for combating acute heel pain.

Is plantar fasciitis causing your heel pain? Heel pain is certainly nothing to laugh about. Even minor bouts of foot pain can be enough to affect your daily activities and making moving around a challenge. While severe or chronic heel pain should be diagnosed and treated by your Huntington Park, CA podiatrist Dr. Michael Mayo there are also some ways to ease your pain from the comfort of your own home.

Soothe your feet with ice

Icing your feet can help reduce pain, swelling and inflammation caused by common conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. You can ice your foot for up to 20 minutes at a time two to three times a day. Just remember to never apply ice directly to the skin, as it can cause burns.

OTC medications ease pain

You don’t always need strong prescription medications to reduce pain. In fact, many patients find that they can manage their heel pain with over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories like Ibuprofen or Advil. Always follow the dosage instructions exactly as directed and be sure to talk to your Huntington Park podiatrist Dr. Mayo before starting any new medications for your condition.

Give your feet a break

Pain is your body’s way of telling you to take it easy. While feet can certainly take quite a beating if heel pain has you changing your daily routine then it’s best to take it easy and rest whenever possible. The less time you spend on your feet and more time spent resting and elevating the sooner you will be back on your feet.

Wear shoes inserts

Talk to your Huntington Park, CA foot doctor Dr. Mayo about whether custom-made orthotics could take pressure off certain areas of your feet and provide you with the relief you’ve been looking for. Orthotics can come in a variety of different materials to cater to different structural abnormalities, symptoms, and foot disorders.

Perform foot exercises

While this might seem contradictory to the advice above about resting, stretching is a great way to strengthen and improve mobility and range-of-motion in your feet. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis stretching the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia can actually ease pain and stiffness. Talk to your foot doctor in Huntington Park about which stretching exercises could help you.

If you aren’t experiencing the relief you need with these at-home measures then let your Huntington Park, CA podiatrist help you get back to your active lifestyle again. Turn to Clinica de los Pies and be good to your soles.

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