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February 28, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Low dye taping is a good taping technique for anyone with arch or heel pain including conditions like plantar fasciitis or posterior tibial tendinitis. Low dye taping can provide you with arch support during activities when it is hard to wear orthotics such as in ski or snowboarding boots, cycling shoes, cleats or rock climbing shoes. Low dye taping can be helpful during barefoot activities too such as dancing, martial arts, yoga, or volley ball.

What you'll need: 1 and 2 inch athletic tape. Spray adhesive for skin can help athletic tape stick better and longer. 

Watch our video below to see Dr. Bowlby demonstrate one version of the low dye taping technique. 

 

 
 

 

February 26, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

First step in the morning heel pain is a classic sign of plantar fasciitis. 

It is the most common cause of heel pain a localized inflammation of the plantar fascia. Patients with plantar fasciitis describe an ache localized to the inside part of the heel. Other descriptions are tugging, pulling and burning. The pain can range from mild to severe and can interfere with activities. 

It can be cause from overuse, minor mechanical issues with the foot/arch structure, or wearing unsupportive shoes.

Supportive shoes, over-the counter anti-inflammatories (if tolerated), and gentle calf stretching can often ease the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. 

If the condition persists more involved conservative treatment is recommended. 

By Ankle & Foot Clinic
September 03, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain is one of the leading problems that sends patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.

Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Our practice will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.

Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches, are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Bottom of the heel pain
  • Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
  • Pain that worsens over a period of months

Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications, and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort.  Always seek care from our office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.