Podiatrist - Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Mt. Dora, Orlando, and Sandlake-area.
A common complaint that I frequently hear from my patients is that of heel pain. Also referred to as a bone bruise, bone spur, or plantar fasciitis. The more accurate description is that of plantar fasciitis. This can occur in men, women, people of any age - and any size. The condition does not discriminate. Heel pain is noted by most folks in the morning when getting up and out of bed, or after sitting for a while. The first few steps tend to be quite painful. The reason for the pain is the ligament called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a very thick band of tissue that runs on the bottom of the foot from the level of the heel through the arch to the ball of the foot. Any part of the plantar fascia can become inflamed and sore; however, the most common area is the heel. Thus, the heel pain.
Watch our Blog next week for causes and treatments.
Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida is pleased to announce that Joanne Balkaran, DPM has been appointed to the Florida Hospital Waterman Healthcare System Board of Directors. Florida Hospital Waterman is an acute care facility located in Tavares, Florida. Physicians work with the Hospital toward the purpose of delivering health care services, promoting quality care, and improving the health of the populations they serve. Dr. Balkaran is committed to working along with the FHWHS Provider Network to provide superior, cost-effective outcomes in an amosphere that is personally satisfying to patients.
Last week, I blogged about spider veins, and mentioned that many women develop them as they grow older. Spider veins are the very small blood vessels near the surface of the skin that become dilated, no longer carry blood efficiently, and become visible. They may look like a single thread, or a cluster - like a "spiderweb". Causes are mostly hereditary, though long hours of sitting or standing can aggravate the condition.
Various procedures are available - with most spider veins treated by laser or injections. You may experience a slight burning sensation during treatment, but no significant pain. You will be required to wear a support stocking for a few days after the procedure. If your spider veins cover a large area, it may take several sessions to remove all of the veins.
Costs for treatments vary - but fall into the $200.-$500. range per session. Treatment is usually not covered by insurance, but the cosmetic results can be tremendously satisfying!
Many women develop spider veins as they age. Some are even embarrassed by these veins and have a tendency to "hide" their legs. But there is hope. There are several treatment options available. Next week I will talk about some of your options.
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