Spring 2012

Danforth Foot Clinic Newsletter
May is National Foot Health Month

416-461-3273 “Put Your Feet in the Right Hands” Spring 2012

 

Heel pain
Heel pain in a common musculoskeletal symptom that affects most of us at some point in our life.  The heel bone, known as the calcaneus is the largest bone in the foot and must endure a great amount of stress throughout the day. There are a number of conditions that can cause heel pain, however the three most common conditions include (but are not limited to) plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis and bursitis.

 

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the thick fibrous plantar fascia.  This condition is characterized by pain on the bottom of the foot. Pain is often worst when weight bearing after prolonged periods of rest or sleep.

 

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an inflammatory injury of the achilles tendon due to traumatic injury or overuse.  This tough cord like tendon attaches the muscles in the calf to the heel bone.  Symptoms include pain when walking, running or jumping and often present in conjunction with swelling, heat and local tenderness.

 

Bursitis

Bursitis is inflammation of a fluid filled sac located between a tendon and a bone.  Retrocalcaneal bursitis is the result of inflammation of a bursa that lies between the Achilles tendon and the heel bone.  Bursitis can also be caused by a shoe rubbing over a bony prominence of the foot.

Treatment for Heel Pain
The most common conservative treatments for heel pain include:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Heat therapy
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Stretching
  • Custom-made Orthotics
  • Supportive/Orthopaedic Footwear
  • Laser Therapy

 

The Danforth Foot Clinic is proud to offer the MedX Laser and Phototherapy rehabilitation system.

Phototherapy is a proven and highly effective treatment which increases local microcirculation, accelerates tissue repair, reduces pain, decreases inflammation and edema, and enhances immune response and angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth).

 

Phototherapy has been used successfully to treat athletic injuries, acute and chronic conditions, repetitive strain disorders, tissue healing and many other conditions. By providing the extra energy required for healing, the tissue is able to heal itself naturally. This innovative therapeutic alternative may also eliminate the need for painful, debilitating surgeries and drug therapies so often accompanied by harmful side effects (MedXhealth.com).

 

To learn more about the many benefits of Laser and Phototherapy please call us at 416-461-3273, or ask at your next visit.

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