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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Causes of Bone Spurs on the Heel

Heel bone spurs, medically known as osteophytes, are abnormal growths that can result in pain and restricted movement. Often unnoticed until visible on an X-ray, heel bone spurs are associated with degenerative joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis, where the breakdown of joint cartilage prompts the body to form new bone as a reparative measure. This process leads to the development of bone spurs along the edges of affected joints, particularly in the heel region. Besides aging, various factors contribute to heel bone spurs, including injuries and overuse, common among runners and dancers. Other factors are hereditary predisposition, obesity, and congenital bone issues. Many people may have heel bone spurs without symptoms, but others can experience pain and loss of joint mobility if the spur rubs against bones or presses on a nerve. If you suspect you have a heel bone spur or are experiencing unexplained heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation and the appropriate treatment plan.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Diagnosis and Management of Flat Feet

Pes planus, commonly known as flat foot, is a condition where the arch of the foot is lower or in contact with the ground when compared to the typical foot structure. It is important to note that infants are born with flexible flat feet. Arch development usually begins at approximately 3 years of age, and reaches adult levels in arch height between 7 and 10 years old. Flexible flat feet can be developmental in infants and toddlers but may be considered true flat feet by age 8 to 10. On the other hand, rigid flat feet are associated with underlying pathology and lack the longitudinal arches both in heel elevation and weight bearing. Acquired flat feet can develop from various factors, particularly diabetes, which can affect the structure and functionality of the feet. Additionally, foot and ankle injuries can lead to the development of flat feet. Certain medical conditions, including arthritis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and muscular dystrophy, are also associated with acquired pes planus. Interestingly, pregnancy can be a factor in the development of flat feet due to the changes that occur in the body during this period. Regardless of the reason for your flat feet, if they are causing you problems, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to find relief.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Occupational Hazards of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is prevalent in manufacturing environments, with several factors influencing its occurrence. These can include forefoot pronation during physical examination, high metatarsal pressure in gait assessments, and prolonged standing on hard surfaces. The rotation of footwear during the workweek appears to reduce the likelihood of developing plantar fasciitis. Using shoe orthoses with medial longitudinal arch and metatarsal pads can serve as a preventive or treatment approach. Implementing workstations that reduce the time spent walking or standing on hard surfaces, such as offering cushioning mats or alternating sitting and standing postures, may help lower the risk of plantar fasciitis. If you work in manufacturing and have developed heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis, treatment, and additional preventative advice.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Foot Stretches for Graceful Toe Point

Achieving a beautifully pointed toe is a hallmark of grace in ballet, and dedicated foot stretches can significantly contribute to this desired aesthetic. Begin by sitting with your legs extended and gently flex and point your toes, emphasizing the extension of each digit. A towel stretch proves effective, which is done by looping a towel around the ball of your foot and gently pulling it towards you, feeling the stretch along the arch and toes. Rolling a tennis ball beneath the arches and toes massages and improves flexibility. Additionally, the seated toe stretch involves sitting back on your heels, elongating the toes, and fostering a deep stretch. Practicing these stretches regularly enhances the flexibility and strength of the foot's intrinsic muscles, contributing to a more refined toe point. Incorporating these targeted stretches into your ballet warm-up or cool-down routine can cultivate the suppleness necessary for achieving that coveted, elegant toe point on stage. If you would like additional information about effective foot and toe stretches, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Constant care and regular evaluation are important for a foot or ankle fracture. If left untreated, foot or ankle fractures can worsen over time and create more serious problems.

Don't wait to be examined if you believe you've experienced a foot or ankle fracture.

Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

A Comprehensive Overview of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, unfolds as an uncomfortable and often itchy condition affecting the feet. This ailment thrives in warm and damp environments, making sweaty socks and tight shoes an ideal breeding ground for the fungus trichophyton. The infection typically begins between the toes, presenting as redness, itching, and a burning sensation. As it progresses, athlete's foot can lead to the development of blisters and the peeling of the skin. Beyond the discomfort, this contagious infection can spread to other parts of the body or to others through contact. Prevention involves keeping feet dry, wearing breathable footwear, and practicing good hygiene. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose this condition and prescribe medication, if warranted.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care.  Our practitioner will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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