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What’s Age Got To Do With It – Heel Pain Increases As We Age

Aging and its Relation to Heel Pain

Did you know that the sole of the foot, or the fat pad, thins as your body ages? After so many years of wear and tear over the years from walking, running, pressure from working while standing all day, etc., it’s no wonder that many people experience foot discomfort. Given that the average American has walked over 75,000 miles by age 50 alone, it’s not uncommon for heel pain to occur as you age. This condition is common among the elderly and is referred to by medical professionals as plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs when the fascia, a part of the bottom of the foot which is made up of a connective band of tissue that runs from toes to heel, becomes inflamed.  The Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, a specialty center of American Foot and Leg Specialists serving Atlanta and areas south of Atlanta, can help you deal with this condition and log another 35,000 miles.

Causes of Heel Pain Due to Aging

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You Don’t Have To Live With Heel Pain As You Age

Nearly 14 percent of American adults, about 31 million people, suffer from heel pain. The common conditions specific to the elderly involve discomfort in the heels when waking up or when starting physical activity after being inactive for a long period of time. Some people also experience foot pain that recurs in the evening after it has subsided during the day.

It’s important to realize that the structure of the foot changes with age, but that it’s easy to accommodate if you listen to your body. Specific factors contributing to escalating pain due to plantar fasciitis in the elderly include: Uncomfortable, poorly-fitted shoe; years of continuous walking in high heels; walking on hard or tile floors in bare feet can lead to heel pain in the elderly.

Ways to Ease Pain

Adding padding to shoes, such as Dr. Scholl’s inserts, and considering orthopedic shoes, such as the line provided by Dr. Comfort, which is carried at American Foot and Leg Specialists, are recommended choices for aging feet.  Cushioned support, such as slippers or casual easy-to-slip-on shoes should be considered when walking on tile or other hard surfaces, including around pools, in the bathroom, or just around the house. As well, certain simple stretches can also alleviate the discomfort, but if the problem persists, a doctor should be consulted. The root of the problem could be related to diabetes or arthritis and may be a result of heel spurs, which are bony growths.

You don’t have to suffer any of these heel pain conditions as you age and The Heel Pain Center of Atlanta is a great source of information and medical treatment for any of your mobility concerns associated with aging. With four different locations serving Atlanta and areas south of Atlanta, and one convenient phone number, this specialty center of American Foot and Leg Specialists can offer the individualized care you may need. There are many other patients with similar conditions who have had positive experiences with Heel Pain Center of Atlanta. View our Testimonials page  to see what they have to say, and then make your appointment for a consultation.

Your Aching Heel! Some Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

Basketball Player | Atlanta PodiatryPlantar fasciitis is a an injury that occurs most often in sports that involve lots of running and jumping, like basketball. The plantar fascia is a tissue that runs from the heel and divides to attach to the base of the toes. It supports the arch. When this tissue is put under continuous stress, it can become inflamed. More than this, the condition is often accompanied by a bit of bone called a heel spur that grows over the heelbone, or the calcaneus, which leads to even more discomfort.

The Symptoms

The symptoms of this injury are pain on the underside of the heel which is often at its worst in the morning. Interestingly, the pain can stop during exercise or sports activity but then resume when the exercise stops or after a long rest. If a heel spur accompanies the inflammation, the sufferer might also feel a grinding or a clicking sensation. Our doctors at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta can diagnose both the inflammation and the heel spur if there is one using X-rays. If left untreated, plantar faciitis will only worsen and can make it difficult for a person to walk.

Treatment

Plantar fasciitis can be eased by applying ice to the area to reduce the swelling and inflammation. Then, a heat compress can be applied to stimulate the blood flow. To ease further pain, our doctors at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta can also prescribe pain medication and recommend supports like heel cups, tape, walking casts and night splints that can lessen the stress on the heel and promote healing. If the pain doesn’t respond to oral painkillers, the physician might give the patient an injection of corticosteroids. Surgery is a last resort and is used only after the pain has persisted for six months to a year. Whether or not surgery is needed, the patient might be referred to a physical therapist.

Among the methods a physical therapist might use to ease plantar fasciitis are:

  • Electrotherapy
  • Soft tissue massage, including use of a golf ball that’s used under the arch of the foot to strengthen it.
  • Deep water pool running if the patient is athletic.

Residents of the Atlanta area who suspect that the pain in their heel might be due to plantar fasciitis should get in touch with the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, a specialty center of American Foot and Leg Specialists, for a consultation.