The Most Effective Way to Treat Nagging Heel Pain

Heel pain is a widely overlooked condition, as many only view it as a very mild condition that will not have any serious effects on your health. In reality, having heel pain may actually increase your risk of developing a variety of disorders such as back problems, joint problems, and it even can increase the risk for developing heart conditions. Having pain in the heel is a sign that something may be wrong elsewhere, as the heel is one of the key support areas of the entire body. While this is not always the case, getting your pain checked out by a trained professional can help you to have peace of mind knowing that you are not causing any damage to the rest of your body and that serious nerve damage is not developing.

Causes of Heel Pain

The most common causes of heel pain are other heel conditions such as plantar fasciitis that occur on the bottom of the heel. Achilles tendinitis, which occurs at the back of the heel, is also a common cause of associated heel pain. Diabetics are also at an increased risk of developing heel pain due to the sensitivity of their neurons. Over time, nerves in the heel can become damaged and irritated, another leading cause of heel pain.

Some key disorders that lead to consistent heel pain include:

  1. Achilles tendon rupture
  2. Bone tumor
  3. Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  4. Haglund’s deformity
  5. Heel spur
  6. Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
  7. Peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves in the feet)
  8. Plantar fasciitis
  9. Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)

If you are active and on your feet a lot, your chances of developing some kind of heel disorder increase. Athletes, dancers, runners, and more are all at risk for slight heel pain to possibly develop into something more painful and debilitating. If you are concerned about any of these symptoms do not hesitate, call our offices in Richardson and Plano today.

Symptoms of Heel Pain

Heel pain commonly can cause a misalignment of the spine and put uneven pressure on your knee joints. This can become especially apparent if you continuously ignore the pain and allow it to further develop. See your doctor or contact us immediately if you have experienced any of the following:

  • Severe pain and swelling near your heel
  • Inability to bend your foot downward, raise your toes, or walk normally without causing pain
  • Heel pain with warmth to the touch, numbness, or tingling
  • Severe heel pain immediately after an injury that does not subside with home treatment

Heel Pain Treatment

Modern pediatric clinics have found a novel treatment method for heel pain that addresses the root cause of heel pain disorders, nerve and tissue damage. It is called Radio Frequency Therapy, and it is now one of the most common and effective treatments for foot pain disorders. With a small needle, pediatric physicians are able to disrupt the nerves that are sending pain signals to the affected area by introducing radio waves. By inserting a small needle close to the targeted nerves, physicians use the RF to warm the nerve, effectively rebooting it and facilitating its normal function and healing. Radiofrequency therapy has been proven to be a very effective treatment with backing by physicians across the globe. Over 70% of those who undergo this revolutionary therapy experience lasting pain relief and improvement sensations in the affected area. Pain relief from RF can last anywhere from 7-12 months, with some patients reporting that the pain relief has never subsided.

If you are suffering from any type of heel pain, do not hesitate to contact our treatment centers in Garland, Plano, and Richardson. Our trained and friendly staff can help guide you through an individualized process that puts you, the patient, first. Don’t let your heel pain detract you from living your best life any longer.

Why Ingrown Toenails Are More Serious Than You Think

Ingrown toenails are a very common condition that can cause a significant amount of pain and even lead to infection if not cared for promptly. Having an ingrown toenail can make everything you enjoy doing difficult, as the nail digging into the skin makes it difficult to put any sort of pressure on the toe that is affected. If you have suffered from an ingrown toenail, you understand the pain and injury that results from the condition. Ingrown toenails can lead to infection, so it is important to treat them early on in development before bacteria can make its way into the wound.

Here at [Doctor]’s office in Garland, we understand the need for early diagnosis of ingrown toenail, and encourage you to contact one of our friendly associates to schedule an appointment if you are concerned about the development of ingrown toenail at any stage. In order to best understand what to look for, it is important to know what ingrown toenail is and what causes it.

What is an Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails are a common condition in which the side edge of the toenail grows into the soft tissue of the toe. The result is pain, redness, swelling, and sometimes infection if it is left unattended to. Ingrown toenails usually affect your big toe, as the constant pressure can affect how the nail grows. The most common cause of an ingrown toenail is either injury or not cutting your toenails properly. If these injuries are left untreated, they can easily become infected due to the amount of bacteria your feet are exposed to on a daily basis. These infections can lead to much more serious conditions, making it best to always get checked if you are concerned you are developing ingrown toenail.

If you have diabetes or another condition that causes poor blood flow to your feet, you’re at greater risk of complications of ingrown toenails as well.

How Are Ingrown Toenails Treated?

Initially, it is best to try home remedies such as cutting your toenails properly. This consists of cutting them straight across and not bending around the corners of the toe. Over 80% of cases of ingrown toenail are thought to be caused by this, making it an easy way to drastically reduce your chances of getting this condition.

In addition, cleaning and sterilizing the area thought to be afflicted can also help to alleviate pain and reduce the chance of infection.

If home remedies haven’t helped your ingrown toenail, your doctor may recommend:

  • Lifting the nail. For a slightly ingrown nail (redness and pain without white pus), your doctor may carefully lift the ingrown nail edge and place cotton or a splint under it. This separates the nail from the overlying skin and helps the nail grow above the skin edge. At home, you’ll need to soak the toe and replace the material daily until it is fully healed.
  • Partially removing the nail. For a more severe ingrown toenail (redness, pain and signs of infection), your doctor may trim or remove the ingrown portion of the nail. Before this is done, your doctor may temporarily numb the toe by injecting it with a numbing agent.
  • Removing the nail and tissue that is damaged. If you have the problem repeatedly on the same toe, your doctor may suggest removing a portion of the nail along with the underlying tissue and nail bed associated. This procedure may prevent that part of your nail from growing back.

Your doctor may also recommend using topical or oral antibiotics, especially if the toe is infected or at risk of becoming infected.

Overall, it is important to watch out for your toe health and to ensure you are cutting your nails properly. If you notice any pain or signs of your toenail digging into the side of any of your toes, consider getting it checked out by a professional. Doing this early can make curing it a much faster and pain-free task. Contact us today for help solving any of your ingrown toenail related questions.

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