If you are experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, there are a number of symptoms you should be aware of. You may be suffering from Achilles tendonitis, Tarsal tunnel syndrome, or even Heel spurs. There are also several treatments you can use to cure these common conditions.
Achilles tendonitis is a condition that affects the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel. When the tendon becomes inflamed, it may feel warm, swollen, or even painful.
The pain usually comes on suddenly, but can occur slowly over several weeks or months. It is more intense during the initial weight-bearing stages.
If your Achilles tendonitis is chronic, it can take six months or longer to heal. This is because the Achilles tendon can degenerate and lose elasticity over time.
You can reduce the risk of developing Achilles tendonitis by changing your activity level. You can also try reducing stress on the tendon. You can do this by switching to low impact exercises.
If your symptoms don’t get better, it’s a good idea to seek help from your healthcare provider. Your doctor will be able to recommend ways to reduce inflammation. You may be prescribed non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). These can be effective at reducing swelling and pain. However, they can cause stomach upsets. NSAIDs should not be taken more than 10 days in a row.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia. This is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, from the heel to the toes. It helps to spread weight evenly through the foot. It also acts as a shock absorber.
It is the most common cause of heel pain. It usually develops gradually. People with this condition often have stabbing pain when they use the affected foot, such as when standing. It can also be worse after resting.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has guides to help people deal with plantar fasciitis. They also offer videos about various muscle problems. They also have a database of physicians.
There are many factors that can cause this condition. It can be caused by overuse. It can be caused by wearing shoes that do not support your feet properly. It can be triggered by different types of arthritis. It can also be related to bone spurs in the heel.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS) is a painful condition that affects the ankle, foot, and heel. TTS can cause a burning or tingling sensation, numbness, or pins and needles in the foot and heel. TTS symptoms usually improve with rest.
TTS can occur as a result of anatomic and biomechanical abnormalities. The most common cause of TTS is overpronation. Overpronation causes pressure on the tibial nerve. The tibial nerve travels from the inside of the ankle bone to the arch of the foot. It also passes beneath the medial malleolus, a bony bit on the inside of the ankle.
In some cases, a mass in the foot may entrap the tibial nerve, causing pain. A mass can be an acute injury, such as a broken ankle, or a chronic overuse of the foot and ankle.
TTS is typically diagnosed by a physical examination. Your healthcare provider may look for injuries, as well as anatomic and biomechanical problems. They will also review your medical history. If a mass is present, an MRI may be ordered. An MRI can evaluate the health of the nerve, determine if it has been damaged, and rule out other structures.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the ligament in your foot (plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. It is most commonly caused by overuse. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the toes. The inflammation of this tissue leads to pain and stiffness.
The inflammation may also result in heel spurs. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that grow on the heel bone. They are the body’s response to stress. They are found in about 15% of the population. However, most people are not aware that they have a heel spur.
Heel spurs do not usually cause any pain. It is a common misconception that a person with a heel spur has plantar fasciitis. This is because the two conditions often occur together. If you have both, your healthcare provider will examine you to determine the exact location of the pain.
It is important to treat your heel pain. You can prevent the pain from reoccurring by changing your daily activities. If you have to be active, you should wear shoes that support the arch of your foot. You should also use soft soles when possible.