What is Heel Pain?

Heel pain is considered one of the most common foot problems that are commonly found among patients seen by NYC podiatrists. If you are experiencing heel pain, the pain is generally felt beneath your heel. The common reason the bottom of the heel becomes painful is because of its attachment to a group of tough tissues, called the plantar fascia. This band of tissue starts from your heel and runs to the bottom of your forefoot providing arch support.

Plantar fasciitis is the condition when you experience inflammation in this connective tissue. All symptoms need to be evaluated through a thorough consultation and examination by experienced podiatrists like Dr. Solomon. Do you want to learn more about the treatment provided here for heel pain? Contact us.

Heel Pain and its Treatment

A thorough evaluation of the problem is required for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. This will help in excluding any underlying serious condition. The other common heel problems are created by the Achilles tendon. This usually causes pain in the back of the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is the main tendon connecting your lower leg to the back of your heel. It can cause inflammation or create bone spurs if it becomes tight and painful.

  • Both conservative and surgical treatments are available for treating heel pains.

  • Surgical treatment may not be the initial recommendation. It only comes when conservative treatments fail.

  • Dr. Solomon performs the surgeries keeping your foot aesthetics in mind.

  • You enjoy a fast recovery and get back to your normal lifestyle.

Causes and Symptoms of Heel Pain

If not diagnosed and treated properly by a leading foot doctor in NYC, heel pain can turn out to be disabling. Dr. Solomon warns that if you try to live with heel pain, this may end up causing you other foot and joint problems. This tends to happen because when we have heel pain, we alter the way we walk. And that causes strain on other areas of the body. The heel bone (called the calcaneus) is the largest among the 26 bones in your foot. The function of the heel is to give support to the weight of your body. Your heel absorbs the impact of the foot coming into contact with the ground When you run, walk or jump.

Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that your heel is healthy and pain-free all the time. Just like surgical treatments, there are various conservative treatments too. NYC podiatrists recommend that if you cannot make it to a foot doctor, you should follow certain things not to make it worse. Do you have any queries about the heel pain treatments we provide here? Get in touch with us.

If you want to follow the conservative treatments, for now, rest, wrap the ice pack, choose the right footwear, and use supports. Avoid standing for a prolonged time. Also, avoid walking or running on hard surfaces. Put a wrapped ice pack or on your heel for about 15 minutes. Only wear footwear that has a proper fitting and that comes with good arch support. Also, don’t forget to use foot and arch supports, as well as heel cups and wedges, for better pain relief.