Why choose Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM? Here are just a few critical reasons: Dr. Auger has been a stand out podiatrist in Salt Lake City for over two decades. She is an athlete who understands, recognizes and treats injuries which may occur from taking part in the area’s many outdoor activities. As an advocate of holistic whole body care, Dr. Auger specializes in preventative care when resolving heel pain in Sandy, and utilizes conservative methods when surgical treatments are necessary.
Do my symptoms point to Plantar Fasciitis?
When you put your foot on the floor in the morning, is it excruciatingly painful to stand and take your first few steps? Are there stabbing pains in the bottom of foot (under your heel) which seem to be triggered whenever you rise and walk after sitting for prolonged periods? Is climbing stairs virtually impossible without using the rail to pull yourself up? Are swelling and overall significant discomfort impairing your mobility?
Then chances are, you have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Treating patients with heel pain in Sandy is something Dr. Auger is quite familiar with. Many don’t realize their discomfort is just increasing until a few agonizing weeks have passed.
What exactly does Plantar Fasciitis mean?
Essentially, when the ligament connecting our heels to our toes (the plantar fascia) becomes strained, it can cause tiny ligament tears. This strain may be caused when tight calf muscles cause our arches to drop or over pronate (flat feet). Other arch problems, such as high arches, can lead to this condition as well.
How might I have contributed to my heel pain?
With all the hiking and mountain climbing activities plantar fasciitis in Sandy is more common than you think, so it’s necessary to take some cautionary steps. Wearing ill-fitting shoes or spending long periods of time on your feet (waitressing, bartending). Your achilles tendon (which connects your heel to your calf) can stiffen from lack of flexible movements and stretching.
Once you are aware of a foot, heel or achilles condition, changing some habits and choosing shoes with the support you need can decrease discomfort and offset further developments.
How can Dr. Auger alleviate my Plantar Fasciitis?
First, a full examination is necessary, possibly with x-rays, to determine what exactly is causing your pain. Once you are diagnosed, a relevant and appropriate treatment plan will be created. Conservative methods will begin with rest, ice packs and pain medication. Dr. Auger will also teach you certain stretches which reduce heel pain when you have plantar fasciitis in Sandy, and advise you on footwear changes or inserts to help alleviate painful walking as well. If more aggressive treatment is needed, then splints or surgery may be suggested.
If you’re suffering from heel pain in Sandy Utah, please contact us right away. Let’s get you out of pain and back on your feet!
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We are in the Canyons Medical Center building (which used to be a bank), across the street from Sandy Senior Citizen Center and just south of Dairy Queen.