Have Heel Pain? We Can Help
By Arthur Kaplan, D.P.M.
January 16, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

If you are experiencing heel pain, you are not alone. It is one of the most common podiatric issues facing patients today, and it can occur heel painas a result of something as mundane as walking around all day in uncomfortable shoes or from something serious enough to be diagnosed, such as arthritis or a bone fracture. Dr. Arthur Kaplan, a podiatrist at NY Sports Podiatry in Port Washington, NY, offers a number of diagnostic and treatment options for heel pain and other common foot and ankle problems.

Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment

There are a number of possible causes for heel pain, and sometimes it's as simple as the fact that you have been wearing shoes that are uncomfortable or lack adequate support. However, the most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is the result of micro-tearing to the large band of tissue that spans the length of the foot from the back of the heel to the base of the toes. Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but it is especially common in runners. Being obese or overweight can also put additional pressure on the heels and joints and increase the risk of strain and injuries to the feet and ankles.

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp, stabbing pain in the affected heel usually first thing in the morning during your first steps, or after long periods of sitting or resting. The pain is usually not consistent and can be worse after exercise, even if you don't feel any pain while working out or moving. Other potential causes of heel pain include:

  • Bursitis
  • Fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Sprains/strains
  • Bone spurs

Most cases of heel pain can typically be treated with conservative options like rest, supportive inserts, custom shoes, or physical therapy. However, it is important to seek medical attention for persistent and ongoing pain to get adequate treatment and prevent making the problem worse.

Find a Podiatrist in Port Washington, NY

To learn more about your heel pain prevention and treatment options, contact NY Sports Podiatry's Port Washington office by calling (516) 883-8313 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaplan today!

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