Posts for tag: Heel Pain

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.