Heel & Foot Pain

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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome: Its Various Causes tarsal tunnel syndrome

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome compresses the Tibial nerve as it travels along the inner leg. This foot condition causes pain and tingling in the ankles, pain radiating up the leg and into the foot, swelling of the heel, electric-like shocks, hot and cold sensations, and even a burning sensation starting at the bottom of the foot and going upward.

Naturally, this condition is most unpleasant and strange. Often patients will feel like their feet don’t have enough padding but they don’t know why. TTS can be caused by a variety of issues (including benign cysts, varicose veins or tendon sheath Inflammation), but it’s important for you to come in to Ottawa Foot Clinic and have the problem properly diagnosed and treated. Don’t delay!


Children’s Heel Pain

Sever’s Disease: Causes and Treatments

Sever’s disease, or calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain among active children between 10 to 13 years old. This spontaneous heel pain results from injury to the heel bone’s growth plate which is caused by overuse rather than specific injury or trauma. The condition is common among athletic children, particularly those active in soccer, football, and baseball.

Children are at a higher risk of developing Sever’s disease when they are in the early stages of a growth spurt. During times of growth, muscles and tendons become extremely tight. Movements during athletic activities like soccer, tennis, and gymnastics can put added force on the growth plate in the heel, which is pulled tight by the Achilles tendon. Over time, the growth plate becomes inflamed and painful.

There are several factors that increase a child’s risk of developing Sever’s disease, including:

  • Excessive pronation.  hyperpronation
  • Flat or high arches.
  • Short Achilles tendon.
  • Weight gain (which results in more force on the feet).

Sever’s Disease Symptoms

The pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt along the back of the heel and becomes worse when running or walking. In some children, the pain is so severe they may limp when walking. One of the diagnostic tests for Sever’s disease is the “squeeze test”. Squeezing both sides of the heel together will produce immediate discomfort. Many children feel pain immediately upon waking and may have calf muscle stiffness in the morning.

Treatment of Sever’s disease

Parents can assist with the treatment of Sever’s disease by making sure their children reduce physical activity until pain subsides. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine may recommend flexibility exercises, custom orthotics and anti-inflammatory laser treatments. In severe cases, a splint or soft cast may be necessary to immobilize the foot and give it a chance to heal. Most cases of Sever’s disease will resolve by the age of 16, when growing subsides. But severe  and permanent damages with the tendon and its bony insertion may happen if the inflammation is not treated fast enough. Call Ottawa Foot Clinic now to have your child’s heel pain condition assessed and treated to avoid permanent damages!


Causes Of Arthritis

The Real Pain of Arthritis


Canada Day will be here before you know it, with fun and activities galore! From dancing to music and walking around taking in exhibits, to standing at attention for the annual fireworks display, changing of the guards, and flag raising ceremony—with all the events going on, we can hardly wait! If you have arthritis in your feet or ankles, though, dancing and walking and standing aren’t all that exciting—in fact they can be downright painful! So why do some people suffer from this condition? foot-xray

The causes of arthritis depend on the type, and while there are a wide variety, there are three common kinds that affect your feet and ankles. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear over time. As you age the cartilage between your joints breaks down and leads to pain and inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which your body produces cells that attack your joints resulting in swelling, pain, and stiffness. Post traumatic arthritis affects joints that have been damaged by injury.

Partner with Us to Manage your Arthritis Pain

No matter the causes of joint pain, the good news is that you can manage your condition and live a full and active life—so you can look forward to things like Canada Day celebrations! Pain laser treatments, anti-inflammatory medications or injections, synovial fluid replacement using sodium hyaluronate solutions (Synvisc or Neovisc), compressive socks, ankle and foot supports and orthotics are all ways to minimize symptoms. Wearing shoes that match the shape of your foot, and that are supportive yet flexible, will go a long way toward alleviating discomfort. Stretches and low-impact exercise will help to keep you moving which, believe it or not, relieves pain and stiffness. If all else fails, surgery is an option as well.

If you have questions about the causes of arthritis, or would like more tips on how you can manage your condition, call our foot specialists at (613) 595-9700, or visit Ottawa Foot Practice in Ottawa, ON, Canada today. That way you’ll be ready to enjoy all that Canada Day has to offer!


Exerciese for Arthritis

Step Out of your Arthritis Pain

We all know the benefits of regular exercise: weight control, better sleep, stronger muscles, more energy, and less pain. Wait. Less pain? It’s true, especially if you have arthritis. It may not seem to make sense that moving those sore joints could help them hurt less, but that is exactly what happens if exercises for arthritis are done the right way. man-jogging

Arthritis pain is often tied to stress on the joints. Increasing the strength of the muscles that hold them in place lessens that stress. It also keeps the tissues from getting stiff, which can help reduce pain. The trick is to start slowly and listen to your body’s limits while using the following routine.

You might want to take a warm bath or shower beforehand to get the joint fluids flowing. Start with a gentle warmup—a 5-minute walk or session on the stationary bike. Then reach toward the ceiling with your arms, and bend over and let them hang down toward the floor.

Stretching for Muscle Groups to Relieve Arthritis Pain

There are many different stretches for various muscle groups. Here are a few:

  • With hands on hips, bend sideways from the waist on one side, then the other.
  • Raise and lower your shoulders several times.
  • Hold your arms out to the sides and swing them in gentle circles, forwards and backwards
  • Stand with your feet lined up with your shoulders, toes out slightly for balance. Put hands on hips and gently twist left, then right.

If you have some hand weights or access to a gym, you can try doing bicep curls, triceps extensions, raising the weights from your sides out and up to shoulder height, or performing wall pushups (great if you can’t get down on the floor for the regular kind).

Cardio or aerobic exercise is also important, so if you are not able to walk briskly or do elliptical machines, try an arm cycle, swimming, or other low impact method to get your heart going. Start with 5 or 10 minutes a day, and try to build up to 30 minutes at least 4 times a week.

For more exercises or information about arthritis and your feet, contact Ottawa Foot Practice by calling (613) 595-9700 or communicating through ourcontact page. Our staff is passionately dedicated to helping you achieve the most optimal foot health you can have in spite of your arthritis.


Healing Pain Relief and Treatments

Painful Heels Can Change your Life painful-heels

Another Change The World campaign—the effort to get high school kids to volunteer in their community—has drawn to a close. Ottawa teens turned in their volunteer hours in support of a host of special events and ongoing projects. Changing the world is a big and worthy concept, but even a small thing like painful heels can change your world, too—for the worse. Although it may not compare to treating cancer or finding a cure for MS, we offer heel pain treatments that can help you heal, so you can go on to help others.  Such a worthy goal, don’t you think!

Sore heels can result from a variety of issues. Heel pain causes include:

  • Plantar fasciitis– inflammation of the ligament under your arch
  • Achilles tendonitis – inflammation of the tendon behind your ankle
  • Overpronation – excessive rolling of your foot to the inside as you take a step, which contributes to pain in your heel
  • Heel spurs – bony growths under or at the back of the heel that can irritate surrounding tissues
  • Arthritis, an inflamed bursa, or a bruise in the soft tissue next to the heel bone

Pain Relief is Essential

No matter where it comes from, you are looking for a change: relief from the pain so you can function normally again. The good news is we can usually help you with conservative, non-surgical treatments.

Remedies such as better types of shoes, taping and strapping methods, or custom orthotics designed by us to address your faulty foot movements can be surprisingly effective. We can always prescribe pain and anti-inflammatory medications (oral or injected) that help you over the hump until your tissues heal. Physical therapy using certain stretches and exercises can also be beneficial.

In a few cases, you may not find enough relief from these treatments. That is when surgical procedures may be a final option. A torn Achilles can be repaired surgically so it heals better, and an inflamed bursa or heel spur can be removed if needed.

Find the expert foot care you desire at Ottawa Foot Practice in Ontario. You can call us at (613) 595-9700 or set up an appointment through our website. We want to change your painful heels to healthy ones, so you can go out and change the world.