Heel Pain is most often caused by Plantar Fasciitis, a condition that is also referred to as a heel spur. This is an inflammation of the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that extends from your heel to your toes. Our heels take on a great deal of pressure while we walk or stand throughout the day and as we age it becomes more prevalent.
What are the common symptoms?
- Tenderness and inflammation along the heel.
- Pain in the back of the heel or under the heel.
- High level of pain upon waking in the morning and after your first few steps out of bed.
- Difficulty putting pressure on your heel without excess weight or strain.
- Pain from walking on hard surfaces like tile, concrete or hard wood.
What are the causes?
- Occupations that require you to be on your feet for hours, like nurses, waitresses, factory workers or construction workers.
- It becomes more common as we age, with wear and tear on the tissues that support the foot
- Being pregnant can be a result of excess weight gain or other pregnancy related issues.
- Obesity or having gained weight quickly will put unwanted stress on your feet.
- If you are a diabetic, in which case you will need to report any changes to your podiatrist and general practitioner.
- If you participate in continuous sports activities that put pressure on your feet like, volleyball, tennis, aerobics or climbing.
How are they treated or healed?
- Anti-inflammatory medication ~ consult your podiatrist before using over the counter medicine
- Orthotic devices or inserts, like splints or braces that will gently stretch the plantar fascia
- Stretching exercises to reduce inflammation and make the tissue more flexible
- Lifestyle changes such as losing excess weight or improving posture to take pressure off your feet
- Have a podiatrist evaluate the pain to ensure proper treatment for you as an individual
- Injections of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and assist with pain management
New York Foot Experts has three locations in New York City; 7th Avenue (Mid-Town), Broadway (Financial District – Wall Street), 125th Street (Upper West Side – Harlem). Call us at 212-385-0801 and make an appointment to see Daniel Drapacz, DPM, our specialist, and let him diagnose your heel pain today. Pain is our body’s way of telling us that something is wrong and ignoring it can only ensure one thing, the potential for more problems!