Heel pain doctor in Miami
There are few professionals who understand the complexities of the feet and ankles as well as Dr. Merrick L. Horn. With over 40 years as a leading Miami podiatrist, Dr. Horn is a skilled specialist and heel pain doctor in Miami. In addition to his medical knowledge and anatomical fluency, this board certified podiatrist is also an athlete with a subspecialty in sports injuries related to the lower leg, ankle and foot. He uses his knowledge of being a former athlete in serving his patients in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injures. Dr. Horn was an accomplished NCAA gymnast, and was a member of the gold medal winning 1981 USA Gymnastic team. He also served as a personal trainer specializing in lower extremity rehabilitation. As a specialist in comprehensive lower leg, ankle, foot, and toenail problems, Dr. Horn utilizes the latest technology available to serve the needs of his patients.
There are several causes for heel pain, but two common conditions are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis. The heel pain doctor in Miami will examine your feet to determine what condition you have and the best way to treat it. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament located on the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when this ligament becomes irritated resulting in stiffness and pain in the heel area. The irritation that causes the condition of plantar fasciitis occurs for many reasons such as long periods of standing, long periods of bed rest, ill-fitting shoes, over use in sports training, weight gain and lack of flexibility. The Achilles tendon is a cord that runs from the calf muscle to the heel. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed due to small tears, resulting in heel pain and discomfort. This painful condition is called tendonosis. The symptoms and treatments for tendonosis are similar to those for plantar fasciitis. Pain and stiffening occurs in the heel area and is most noticeable after inactive periods such as when you first get off your bed in the morning or after long drives and at the start of a long walk or jog.
In most cases plantar fasciitis is a controllable condition and there are treatments to help ease the pain and discomfort. The most common suggestion is to wear better shoes and inner soles that will provide firmer support to the area. Relief can also be accomplished by stretching the calf and arch and by massaging the area and applying ice for ten minutes at a time, two times a day. If the symptoms persist, additional treatments include custom made orthotics, steroid injections, physical therapy, night splints, and cast boots. A new treatment used by the heel pain doctor in Miami that has proven to be very successful is Orthotripsy or ultra-sonic shockwave therapy. This is a non surgical, non invasive treatment that targets the affected area with shock waves that produces a pain relieving affect at the site and stimulates healing factors such as the formation of new blood vessels and tissue regeneration. The best way to begin treatment of tendonosis is to rest the foot, use heel cushions for elevation, stretching the Achilles tendon and icing the foot. Call us today and take the first step to eliminating your heel pain.
Do you suffer from bunions and need to see a foot doctor in Miami Beach? Give the office of Dr. Merrick Horn a call, where you can receive the finest podiatric care in a respectful, kind, and family-friendly environment that’s been operating in North Miami Beach since 1993!
Our team of dedicated and seasoned staff members takes pride in offering the best possible foot care to our fellow members of the Miami Beach community by combining state-of-the-art technology with advanced training in the most cutting edge podiatric techniques in our field. Our foot doctor in Miami Beach uses the least invasive methods possible to bring you relief from your ailments. We offer a wide variety of services including in-office surgical procedures, in-office digital x-rays, pediatric foot care, lower extremity vascular evaluations, diabetic foot care, routine foot care services, non-surgical treatment of athletic injuries, diabetic shoes, foot surgery, diabetic wound care, geriatric foot care and sports medicine. These treatments can bring relief to patients suffering from bunions, burning/neuropathic pain, corns and calluses, flat feet/arch pain, fungal/thick nails, hammertoes, heel spurs and heel pain, infections and ulcerations, ingrown toenails, neuromas, pediatric foot disorders, plantar warts, sports injuries, sprains/fractures, tendon and joint pain, and trauma and athletic injuries. Wondering what kind of foot care our office can offer you in terms of treating your pesky bunions? Bunions are a progressive problem during which the metatarsal bone spreads outward and the big toe moves inward, causing a deformation.
For all of your podiatry needs, we encourage you to call our foot doctor in Miami Beach, Dr. Horn, today!
Aventura flat feet
At the offices of Merrick L. Horn, we diagnose and treat Aventura flat feet in children that need foot care. Our podiatrist handles all aspects of heel pain, and flat feet can be found in both infants and toddlers when the foot’s arch does not grow properly. Children may suffer from foot pain, ankle pain or pain in the lower leg.
We may prescribe custom made shoe inserts for Aventura flat feet. Shoe inserts are a non-prescription foot support designed to be worn inside the shoe. They may be custom made and can also be found in store. But the prescription made custom shoe inserts are only designed by a doctor and crafted for each individual foot, called a custom orthotic device. Shoe inserts help ease flat feet and can support the foot arches but cannot correct some problems. Arch supports can help those with high arches, people with flat feet, and those with low arches. They bump up the shoe and support the foot’s natural arch and are very comfortable. We also provide patients with insoles, heel liners and foot cushions.
Insoles go inside the shoe and provide extra support. Made of foam, gel or plastic, insoles can really help support the foot and keep the extremely comfortable. Heel liners provide extra cushion as well, and help patients who have problems when their feet rub up on their shoes. If you or your child suffer from Aventura flat feet, call our offices today to schedule an appointment today. We can diagnose your child’s flat feet before getting them into either an orthotic shoe or a customized treatment plan to help them get their feet feeling good and back to normal. You can even try on your custom made shoes to see how they feel on your feet before going home with them.