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By Michael Gittleson DPM
March 26, 2019
Category: Uncategorized

Into every life a little heel pain will come from time to time. As one of the most common foot and ankle complaints and ailments, chances are that you will experience it at some point in time, especially if you are active and participate in high impact sports and exercise likeHeel Pain running or basketball. Although heel pain is typically not serious, ongoing pain and tenderness can be a sign of an injury or condition like plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. Dr. Michael Gittleson, a podiatrist in Chevy Chase, MD, offers diagnostic and treatment services for heel pain and other foot and ankle problems.

Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Chevy Chase, MD

In many cases, heel pain can be as simple as getting a new pair of sneakers. Many people buy shoes according to style rather than function, and this can lead to pain and injuries depending on how much support your foot needs. If you have flat feet/low arches, you will likely need a more supportive shoe or orthotics (supportive shoe inserts) to support your arches and maintain proper alignment. If you are not sure of what type of shoe works best for your foot type, ask the podiatrist, or get a gait analysis before buying your next pair of shoes.

The Most Common Causes of Heel Pain

Here are some of the foot and ankle injuries and conditions that can lead to heel pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Bone/heel spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fracture
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Diabetic foot (peripheral neuropathy)

Most instances of heel pain can be treated conservatively with rest, icing, medication, and lifestyle modifications depending on the cause and severity of the pain. If you have pain that persists for more than a few days and does not respond to rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis.

Find a Podiatrist in Chevy Chase, MD

If you are experiencing heel pain or other symptoms, contact our office today by calling (301) 986-4900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gittleson today.

By Michael Gittleson DPM
August 31, 2018
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Arthritis  

Arthritis is a joint condition that affects roughly 54 million American adults according to the Arthritis Foundation. It can show up in joints all around the body, including the feet and toes. When the joints of the feet are affected by inflammation, it affects a patient’s ability to move their toes, bend their feet up or down, and turn on a dime when participating in athletic activities. Learn the steps that you can take to care for arthritic feet and improve your overall foot health.

Arthritis in the Feet
Arthritic joint pain, which is usually caused by an inflammatory reaction, is most commonly felt in the big toe, ankle, and the middle part of the foot. There are many different types of arthritis conditions that could affect the feet, including psoriatic, reactive, and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form—it is caused by the bones rubbing together, making the joints feel stiff and painful. Patients who are overweight are more likely to struggle with arthritic feet, as are seniors. Some people have had arthritis since childhood (juvenile arthritis or JA), making them more likely to develop foot deformities like bunions and struggle with swollen joints.

Arthritis Treatments
Though arthritis isn’t a curable condition, the symptoms can be eased with treatment so that you can continue to walk, jog, exercise, and work without debilitating pain. These are some of the ways your podiatrist may treat arthritis in the feet:

  • An X-ray or other imaging test to examine the condition of the joints.
  • Physical therapy exercises to make the joints more flexible.
  • Orthotic device or shoe for better foot support.
  • Joint injections (corticosteroids).
  • NSAID drugs (anti-inflammatories).
  • Surgery to remove inflamed tissue around the joints (Arthroscopic debridement) or fuse the bones (arthrodesis).

Caring for Your Feet
Seeing a foot doctor is an important part of caring for arthritic feet. But there are also some actions you can take at home to keep your feet and joints in good condition:

  • Get rid of shoes that put too much pressure on your joints, like high heels or sneakers that don’t support the ankles.
  • Soak your feet in warm water with Epsom salt and massage your feet when relaxing.
  • Commit to doing the toe and foot exercises suggested by your podiatrist.

Treating Arthritic Feet
Arthritic feet shouldn't prevent you from carrying on with normal life and physical activities. Get help from a podiatrist as soon as you start to experience symptoms and take extra steps to care for your feet.