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By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
April 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Dealing with daily heel pain can make walking, climbing stairs, standing, and other related activities painful and difficult. There are different heel paintypes of heel pain, each caused by different factors. You do not need to continue suffering from heel pain as treatments are available. A podiatrist can prescribe an appropriate treatment for your heel pain and help you resume normal activities free of pain and discomfort. At NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates, Dr. Barry Finkelstein is your Bronx, NY, podiatrist for treatment of heel pain.

Types of Heel Pain

Foot injuries and repeated stress on the feet are two causes of heel pain. Foot injuries initially lead to acute heel pain, but can also lead to chronic pain if the injuries do not properly heal. The daily stress of activities such as walking, running, or standing for long periods at a time can cause heel pain, as well. The heels and feet undergo repeated stress from the impact of the feet hitting the ground while performing these daily activities. Over time, the constant impact and repeated stress can aggravate the heels and result in the development of heel pain.

There are several different types of heel pain. Two of the most common types are Achilles tendinosis and plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendinosis is also referred to as tendonitis and is associated with pain at the back of the heel in the area of the Achilles tendon. Plantar fasciitis is associated with pain on the bottom of the heel and can also be associated with heel spurs. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that develop on the bottom of the heel bone and can cause increased pain whenever you step down on the heel.

Treatment for Heel Pain

A variety of options exist for treating heel pain and alleviating the associated discomfort. Your Bronx podiatrist can recommend the right treatment option(s) for your specific heel pain. Treatment options for heel pain include the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Prescription medications (corticosteroids)
  • Therapeutic stretches
  • Orthotic foot supports and shoe inserts
  • Supportive footwear
  • Resting the feet
  • Foot surgery

You do not have to continue dealing with heel pain. Treatments are available that can help. A podiatrist can recommend the right one for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Finkelstein, your Bronx, NY, podiatrist, call NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates at (718) 881-7990.

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
September 14, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Walking, standing and running, activities most of us take for granted, become anything but routine when heel pain strikes. Dr. Barry heel painFinkelstein, your Bronx, NY podiatrist at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates, discusses a few heel pain causes and explains how a foot doctor can help you.

Overuse injuries

Heel pain can occur if you increase the intensity of a workout or suddenly start a new, vigorous exercise routine. Overuse injuries typically affect runners and people who play sports on hard surfaces.

Poorly fitting shoes

Wearing shoes that don't fit well can irritate your foot and heel, causing pain. Switching to another pair of shoes usually stops the problem.

Stone bruise

A stone bruise occurs when you injure the fat pad at the bottom of your heel. The injury can occur when you step on a hard object, participate in activity that involves frequent jumping, or are a runner. You're more likely to develop a stone bruise if you run with a heel strike instead of a forefoot landing.

Retrocalcaneal bursitis

The retrocalcaneal bursa, a fluid-filled sac, is found in the spot where your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel. If it becomes inflamed, you'll feel pain in your heel. It's a common overuse injury that can also occur if you don't use the proper form when exercising.

Plantar fasciitis

Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. If the tissue becomes inflamed, you'll develop heel pain. You're more likely to develop this common condition if you stand for long periods of time, are a long distance runner, wear shoes without adequate arch support or are between the ages of 40 to 70.

How can my Bronx podiatrist help me?

In many cases, heel pain will get better if you stay off your heel as much as possible, apply ice packs and take pain relievers. If the pain doesn't improve or worsens, your foot doctor will perform a thorough examination and find the source of the problem. Treatment depends on the cause of the problem, but your podiatrist may recommend stretches, physical therapy, night splints, heel pad inserts or prescription medication. Although surgery usually isn't needed for heel pain, it may be recommended in some instances.

Are you tired of living with heel pain? Call Dr. Finkelstein, your Bronx, NY podiatrist at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates, at (718) 881-7990 to schedule an appointment.

By NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates
November 30, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain doesn't have to limit your lifestyle. Learn how it's treated at your Bronx podiatrist's office.

Pain in your heels can be a frustrating problem, especially if you spend a lot of time on your feet at your job. Fortunately, the podiatry staff at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates in Bronx, New York, have the experience and training necessary to determine the cause of your heel pain and develop a treatment plan that will get you back on your feet and enjoying life. heel pain

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain is a common problem seen by your Bronx podiatrist. Plantar fasciitis is often the culprit. This condition, hallmarked by sharp or stabbing pain in the bottom of the heels after periods of rest, is caused by inflammation of the ligament that runs between your heel bone and your toes. Sometimes a heel spur - an outgrowth of bone - accompanies plantar fasciitis. It is often diagnosed in long-distance runners and those whose jobs require long periods of standing.

Achilles tendinitis can also be responsible for heel pain. Overuse of the Achilles tendon, which is located at the back of the foot and ankle, from too much exercise can create inflammation in this area, resulting in stiffness and pain behind the heels after activity.

How is heel pain treated?

Your Bronx podiatrist begins by thoroughly evaluating your health history and the condition of your heels. This may include X-rays or other diagnostic imaging to pinpoint where the pain is originating. Once the cause of your heel pain has been determined, your Bronx podiatrist will offer some treatment options, many of which can be done at home. Physical therapy and light exercise is often the only treatment needed to relieve people of heel pain. Altering your exercise routine to something with less impact - like swimming or biking - can also give your heels a much-needed break. Making sure you're wearing the proper footwear and adding cushioned inserts to your shoes can also make a huge difference.

Some people with chronic heel pain respond better to radiofrequency therapy at NYNJ Foot and Ankle Associates. In severe cases, surgery may be the best option.

To schedule an evaluation with one of our podiatrists, located in Bronx, New York, contact our office today!