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Have you ever gotten up from a chair or out of bed in the morning and upon taking that first step, feel like your heel has stepped on a tack? Heel pain is a debilitating condition that affects day to day activities. Many of the symptoms of heel pain include pain when you first get up in the morning, burning, numbness, and increased symptoms by the end of the day. Running and walking both causes stress on the heel because the heel is the part of the foot that hits the ground first. This means that the heel is taking on your entire weight. Heel pain can also be brought on by trauma, overexertion, ill-fitting shoes, or poor foot alignment. Diagnosis and treatments for heel pain can be easily found through our office. Make an appointment by calling (516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online.

Causes of Heel Pain:

Plantar Fasciitis

One of the main causes of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that extends along the bottom of the foot, from the toe to the bottom of the heel. Foot pain can be caused by the tightening of the plantar fascia ligament. The plantar fascia ligament supports the arch and when you are resting, the ligament contracts. As you start to walk, the ligament pulls and may tear slightly and cause pain. We initially treat plantar fasciitis conservatively with icing, stretching, strapping, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, night splints, and possibly an injection.

Proper foot support is one of the most important treatments we recommend. The purpose of foot support is to stop the ligament from tearing, thereby getting at the cause of the problem. We often dispense orthotics for the best possible foot support. Orthotics are inserts that fit into your shoes which are custom molded specifically to your foot to correct a faulty foot alignment and bring your foot into a more neutral position. We find that most about patients respond to conservative treatment with favorable outcomes. People who do not wear proper fitting shoes are often at risk of developing problems such as plantar fasciitis. Unnecessary stress from ill-fitting shoes, weight change, excessive running, and wearing non-supportive shoes on hard surfaces are all causes of plantar fasciitis. For more information, watch our orthotics video.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Similar to plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause heel pain due to stress fractures and muscle tearing. A lack of flexibility of the ankle and heel is an indicator of Achilles tendonitis. If left untreated, this condition can lead to plantar fasciitis and cause even more pain on your heel.

Heel Spur

A third cause of heel pain is a heel spur. A heel spur occurs when the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, leading to a separation of the ligament from the heel bone entirely. This results in a pointed fragment of bone on the ball of the foot, known as a heel spur.

If you are suffering from heel pain, come in for an evaluation and treatment. Make an appointment with our office by calling
(516) 825-3860 or book an appointment online.