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Children and young teenagers who have heel pain may have a foot condition that is known as Sever’s disease. It can affect people in this age group who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. It can happen as a result of bones that grow faster than the muscles and tendons in the heel, and this can cause the calf muscles to tighten. Common symptoms that are often experienced with Sever’s disease include swelling, tenderness when the heel is touched, and the patient may walk on their toes due to the pain. Relief and treatment can begin with stopping the activity that caused the condition, followed by performing specific stretches that may ease the pain. A calf stretch is generally successful in improving flexibility in the feet and calves. This is done by standing on a step and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. The pain typically stops when the growth spurt has been completed, and may return if another growth spurt takes place. If your child has heel pain, please consult a podiatrist who can determine if it is Sever’s disease, and offer correct treatment options.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Sheldon D. Simon from Kentucky . Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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A broken ankle is easy to notice. It produces severe pain and discomfort after a fall has taken place, and it is often impossible to walk on. Additional symptoms include a numbness in the ankle and surrounding area, swelling, and bruising. To determine if the ankle is fractured, an X-ray is generally taken, and this is helpful in determining the exact location of the break. If the break is severe, an MRI or CT scan may be ordered that can show if there is tissue damage or other injuries. A broken ankle is often treated by wearing a cast or a boot for several weeks. This is beneficial in keeping the ankle stable as the healing process occurs. Additionally, when the ankle is elevated above the heart, the swelling is often reduced, and it may provide relief. If additional symptoms occur, such as warm and tender legs, or if your toenails start to turn gray or blue, immediate attention from a podiatrist is strongly advised. Please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat broken ankles.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Sheldon D. Simon from Kentucky . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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What Causes Heel Spurs?

Protecting and caring for your heels is a critical component of maintaining proper foot health. However, a heel spur is a troublesome condition that can negatively impact your heels’ vigor. Heel spurs, also referred to as calcaneal spurs, are essentially bony bulges that form on the heel bone either on the back of the heel or under the sole of the foot. Heel spurs usually develop in response to plantar fasciitis and especially when stress is exerted on the plantar fascia for an extended period of time. Individuals who are middle-aged or overweight may be at an increased risk of developing this unfortunate foot affliction. Although some cases of heel spurs are asymptomatic and do not produce pain, many individuals with heel spurs can experience heel pain when beginning to walk after a period of rest. If you have a case of heel spurs, a podiatrist can help you address the condition. If your heel spurs are related to plantar fasciitis, they might be treated with orthotics such as night splints, heel inserts, or special footwear. When it comes to caring for your heels, it is highly suggested you consult with a podiatrist instead of taking chances.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Sheldon D. Simon from Kentucky . Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

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The tibial nerve is an offshoot of the sciatic nerve at the back of the leg which travels down the leg and eventually passes through a narrow structure in the ankle (the tarsal tunnel). When there is an obstruction within or outside the tunnel that causes the tibial nerve to become pressurized or compressed, this is known as tarsal tunnel syndrome. The symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome may occur anywhere along the path of the tibial nerve, including the inside of the ankle and on the bottom of the foot. Symptoms may include tingling or numbness, shooting, sharp pains, burning, pins-and-needles sensations, or electric shocks. Any number of factors may cause the tibial nerve to become pinched, from benign growths within or outside the tarsal tunnel, inflammation from injuries or arthritis, diabetes, flat feet, and more. A podiatrist may treat tarsal tunnel syndrome with anti-inflammatory medications, steroid injections, custom shoes, orthotics, or even surgery in severe cases. It is important to seek treatment from a podiatrist for tarsal tunnel syndrome as failure to repair the nerve may result in permanent nerve damage.


 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Sheldon D. Simon of Kentucky . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Owensboro, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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