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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

During a woman’s pregnancy, she might notice that her feet fall asleep frequently. In other words, she might notice that her feet often experience numbness or a pins-and-needles feeling. This is actually not an uncommon symptom that results from pregnancy. In fact, many women can experience this feeling in the feet at night or immediately upon waking in the morning. The reason why pregnancy can cause numbness in the feet is due to the fact that pregnancy can lead to nerve compression in this area. If you are someone that is pregnant or planning to be, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today. This foot specialist will be able to help the pregnant woman navigate feelings of numbness in the feet.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00

A common cause of heel pain is a foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. This condition affects the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis can cause debilitating heel pain and may gradually worsen until medical attention is received. Intense heel pain can also be a result of Achilles tendinopathy, which is a heel and lower calf injury that happens from overuse. Some people who have peripheral neuropathy have a tingling or numbing sensation in their heel that can be uncomfortable. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause the cartilage to tear in the heel and surrounding area and may cause inflammation, stiffness, and reduced range of motion. If you are experiencing heel pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is and offer the correct treatment solutions.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM of Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

Heel pain can be common in children and young teenagers who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. It may indicate Sever’s disease, which is an inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. Sever's disease occurs due to overuse and increased body weight, and it generally happens in the early teenage years during a growth spurt. Parents may notice their child is limping or walking on their tiptoes, and the pain may be worse in the morning. A diagnosis consists of having a physical examination performed, and treatment can begin by learning how to manage the symptoms. It is beneficial to stop the activity that caused the condition. Some relief may be found when the foot is frequently elevated. There are specific stretches that can be performed to strengthen the affected foot. If your active child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that a podiatrist is contacted who can diagnose and treat Sever’s disease. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.


Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Saturday, 06 May 2023 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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