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.
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!