Heel pain is one of the most common podiatry complaints. There are a few potential causes for heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, a stress fracture, or arthritis. Temporary heel pain may resolve on its own, but persistent heel pain may be a sign of an injury. Dr. Frank Campo, a podiatrist at North End Foot Center in Boston, MA, offers treatment for heel pain.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Boston, MA
Heel pain usually occurs on the bottom side of the heel, or above the heel, which may be a sign of a common condition like Achilles tendinitis. Conservative treatments like rest, medication for pain and inflammation, supportive inserts or orthotics, and physical therapy are often enough to treat some instances of heel pain, depending on the cause. Other potential causes of heel pain include:
- Heel or bone spurs
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
Signs and Symptoms of a Heel Injury
- Pain in the morning right after waking up or after long periods of sitting
- Persistent pain that lasts for more than a week or two
- Pain following trauma or a sports injury
For mild to moderate heel pain, conservative treatments and self-care are usually enough to manage and relieve heel pain. Your podiatrist may also recommend making a few lifestyle modifications to avoid repetitive strain injuries; a healthy diet and an appropriate exercise plan to maintain a healthy weight, and investing in supportive shoes and sneakers that are a good fit for your activity levels and foot type. People with flat feet or low arches can be more susceptible to issues like plantar fasciitis in some cases.
Find a Podiatrist in Boston, MA
For more information about the causes and treatment options for heel pain and other foot and ankle injuries and conditions, contact North End Foot Center by calling (617) 248-8682 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Campo today.
Ingrown toenails, also known as onychocryptosis, can be annoying and painful. This common condition occurs when the surrounding skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edges of the nail, or when the nail itself penetrates the skin. As the nail digs into the skin, redness, swelling, and pain are often the result.
People develop ingrown toenails for various reasons. Poor nail-trimming is the most common cause, as this encourages the skin to fold over the nail. Other causes include trauma, such as stubbing a toe, or skin conditions, such as fungal infections or nails that are simply too large. In some cases, the condition may even be inherited. Poor fitting shoes generally aggravate the condition, making it worse.
Many cases of ingrown toenails may be prevented by:
- Wearing well-fitted shoes and socks
- Protecting feet from trauma when possible
- Trimming toenails straight across and avoiding repeated trimming of the nail borders
- Keeping feet clean and dry to prevent infection
If an infection is not suspected of your ingrown, it can usually be safely treated from home by soaking your foot in warm water. Avoid "bathroom surgery" and repeated cutting of the nail as this will only make the condition worse.
When attempts to reduce your symptoms from home fail, or when pain, inflammation, swelling or discharge accompany your ingrown, the toenail is most likely infected and should be treated by a podiatrist at our office. People with diabetes, nerve damage or poor circulation should always seek care immediately if an ingrown nail is detected, regardless of the severity.
A podiatrist can examine the affected toe and determine the best treatment for your condition. For an infection, an antibiotic may be prescribed. Other treatments may involve trimming or removing the infected nail with a minor in-office surgical procedure.
Ingrown toenails may be annoying, but rest assured that they can easily be prevented and treated with the help of your podiatrist. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, visit our practice for quick and easy treatment.
Welcome to the Blog of North End Foot Center
Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Boston, MA area, we’re excited you are here. With the podiatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.
As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote good foot health as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including podiatry news, advancements in podiatric treatments, practical foot and ankle health advice and updates from our practice.
We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best foot and ankle health
As always, feel free to contact North End Foot Center with any questions or concerns.
-- The Podiatry Team at North End Foot Center
This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.