By Podiatry Solutions of WNY
March 27, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  

When it comes to chronic heel pain, one of the most common culprits is plantar fasciitis. This type of injury is accompanied by stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot near the heel area due to how it affects the plantar fascia tissue that is found from the heel bone to the toes. With this condition, the tissue becomes deformed, resulting in inflammation and irritation aside from pain.

Dr. Jason White, your foot doctor here at Podiatry Solutions of WNY, can determine the extent of your condition and recommend proper treatment for it during a consultation at either one of our offices in Lockport or Williamsville, NY.

Other Causes of Pain in The Heel

Heel pain treatments can vary depending on the findings and may not necessitate surgery. Aside from plantar fascia, pain can result from spurs that develop in the inner side of the heel bone. Excessive foot pronation is another common cause of heel pain. This abnormal condition exists when the arch of your foot collapses and flattens out. When the arch collapses, it pulls the tissue around the heel bone and creates a localized inflammation. The end results in chronic heel pain.

Other potential sources of heel pain that require adequate treatment includes:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflamed bursa
  • Haglund’s deformity
  • Bone bruise or contusion

Heel pain can also be addressed with conservative treatments using arch supports or customized orthotics. In case these preliminary solutions do not solve the problem, the next step would be to resort to cortisone injections.

Heel Pain Prevention

When you consult with our foot doctor in our Williamsville or Lockport, NY, office, you’ll also learn about preventive measures to help you avoid heel pain. These can be as simple as:

  • Choosing proper-fitting shoes
  • Avoiding shoes with excessively high heels
  • Doing warm-ups and stretching before exercising
  • Prepping yourself when joining athletic events
  • Getting adequate rest and proper nutrition
  • Maintaining the right body weight

You may also need to limit your normal daily activities if there is excessive pain or inflammation.

What to Expect During Your Podiatrist Consultation

When you go to a podiatrist for heel pain treatments, an examination of the affected area is the first step. This can involve diagnostic x-rays to ensure that the right cause is determined. If detected early on, treatments may be limited to anti-inflammatory medicines, proper shoe recommendations, orthotic devices, or simply exercise. Foot supports may also be recommended to lessen the stress on the tendons and muscles of the foot. In more advanced stages, physical therapy is often needed.

In addition, attachments to the heel bone can relieve heel and arch pain so that surgery can be avoided. In cases when surgery is needed, the plantar fascia may be released or other forms of corrective surgery may be considered based on the actual cause of the heel pain.

Got Heel Pain? Let Us Help You

Book your appointment date with our foot doctor, Dr. Jason White of Podiatry Solutions of WNY. Reach our Williamsville, NY, office at (716) 634-5993, and our Lockport, NY, office at (716) 434-6601.

By Podiatry Solutions of WNY
October 14, 2019
Category: None
Tags: Untagged

Dealing with heel pain? Isn’t it time you found out more about what’s causing your discomfort?

Heel pain is nothing to scoff at. While it might not seem like a big deal when you first notice it, over time it can become a downright nuisance. Heel pain can make it more difficult to move around and it can even limit your day-to-day activities. If you have no idea what might be going on, your Williamsville and Lockport, NY podiatrist might be able to answer your burning questions.Heel Pain

What is causing my heel pain?

There are many reasons why you could be experiencing heel pain, which is why it’s so important to visit your foot doctor at the first sign of an issue. Only then can we really determine the root cause. Of course, one of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of ligaments that connect your toes to your heel bone. When they become inflamed, this causes heel pain, stiffness and a host of other issues.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

If this condition is truly the cause of your heel pain, then you’ll more than likely notice a stabbing pain at the bottom of your foot that may be worse in the morning when you take your first couple steps. You may also notice that the pain subsides a bit during physical activity but immediately comes back full force right after. You may also experience stiffness or limited mobility as a result of the plantar fasciitis.

How can I treat my heel pain?

Most heel pain can easily be treated with more conservative measures including:

  • Rest
  • Avoiding high-impact activities
  • Elevating the foot
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Splinting
  • Icing

Most causes of heel pain like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinitis will go away with these simple at-home measures. However, for those with more persistent or severe cases, you may need to talk to your foot doctor about other options including extracorporeal shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections to reduce pain and swelling and to help speed up the healing process.

Contact your Williamsville and Lockport, NY Podiatrist

Heel pain doesn’t have to take over your life. Turn to your Williamsville and Lockport, NY foot doctor for the help and care your feet need to stay healthy.

By Podiatry Solutions of WNY
October 14, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
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Welcome to the Blog of Podiatry Solutions of WNY

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Williamsville and Lockport, NY area, we’re excited you are here. With the podiatric industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote good foot health as a vital part of your healthy lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including podiatry news, advancements in podiatric treatments, practical foot and ankle health advice and updates from our practice. 

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure your best foot and ankle health

As always, feel free to contact Podiatry Solutions of WNY located in Williamsville and Lockport, NY with any questions or concerns.

-- The Podiatry Team at Podiatry Solutions of WNY





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