Plantar Fasciitis: Separating Fact from Fiction

Plantar FasciitisFICTION: The plantar fascia is a muscle on the bottom of the foot. FACT: It’s not a muscle – although it is, indeed, located on the bottom of the foot. It’s actually a ligament – a thick, fibrous band of tissue that supports and stabilizes your arch. FICTION: You get plantar fasciitis only if you have flat feet. FACT: People with flat feet may develop…

What To Do About Heel Pain

heel painIf you’ve got nagging heel pain, don’t wait to see our podiatrists. It could be plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain and a condition that will probably get worse unless you take some steps to rein it in. What is plantar fasciitis? It’s inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick ligament that runs from your heel bone to your toes.…

These 4 Hiking Basics Can Save You from Foot and Ankle Injuries

hikingWear the right shoes. Hiking boots offer the best protection for your feet and ankles. They should be sturdy but comfortable, with great arch support. Consider boots that provide above-ankle stability, especially if you’re planning to hike over rough terrain. Above all, don’t hit the trail in regular sneakers or, even worse, flip-flops. Don’t take your socks for granted. Wearing any old pair of socks…

4 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Woman Exercising In ParkIf you’re feeling zapped of energy, you’re not alone. We’ve been enduring the global pandemic for over a year now, and it’s tiring, both physically and mentally. And the recent switch to Daylight Savings Time might have thrown your biological clock out of whack. So, it seems a good time to talk about various ways to put a spring back in your step. First things…

What’s Causing Your Heel Pain?

29470486 Female LegSeveral conditions contribute to heel pain, plantar fasciitis being chief among them. Heel pain that’s strongest at the beginning of the day, eases up once you begin moving around, and comes back at the end of the day, is probably due to plantar fasciitis. But today, the expert podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland want to focus on other notable reasons for pain…

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

107212945 Woman's Leg Hurts, Pain In The Heel, Massage Of Female Feet At HomePlantar fasciitis is the number one cause of heel pain among our patients here at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the long, flat ligament that stretches across the bottom of your foot, becomes inflamed. There are several ways you can irritate your plantar fascia: Wearing unsupportive shoes. When you wear shoes that don’t have much in the…

Plantar Fasciitis Can Be a Big Deal

33033803 A Man Has Soreness In His Arch.Here’s what Dallas football player Amari Cooper had to say about his pre-season troubles with heel pain: “Yeah, so, plantar fasciitis, you just got to do a lot of stretching, a lot of treatment, but it’s not a big deal.” Not so fast, cowboy. Plantar fasciitis can be a big deal. Let’s take a closer look at this common type of heel pain. What is…

8 Ways to Treat Your Feet

47923217 Man's Hand Being Massaged A FootApril is Foot Health Awareness Month! So it’s a great time to “step” back and think about all the ways you can be nice to your feet. Here are 8 suggestions from all of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland. Get a pedicure. If you’ve never had one, we encourage both men and women to try it. A professional pedicure leaves your feet…

Many Ways to Treat Heel Pain

32745571 S Heel Pain Feet HandPatients walk into Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland (it’s true, sometimes they’re hobbling) with all sorts of foot problems. However, one of their most common complaints is heel pain. It can seem to come on suddenly and fiercely or it can feel like a dull ache that just won’t go away. By the time the person’s made it to our Cuyahoga County podiatry office,…

How to Deal With Achilles Tendon Pain

13973734 A Man Tends To His Sore AnkleThe Achilles tendon is the thickest, strongest tendon in the entire human body. This large band of tissue, which connects your heel bone to your calf, makes it possible for you to walk, run, and jump.  Such a responsibility comes with a price, though. Because we place such high demands on our Achilles tendon every day, injuries are pretty common. Here are two types of…