Say Goodbye to Heel Pain

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            Is heel pain slowing you down? Sure, some discomfort in the feet is to be expected after a long day on the job or a long work out, but chronic and prolonged heel pain is a serious problem that should be addressed as soon as possible by your foot doctor. Heel pain, which is also known as plantar fasciitis, is an inflammation of the tendons that connect the ball of your foot to your heel. Failure to treat this condition will only slow you down further. Read the following symptoms and treatments of plantar fasciitis and talk to your podiatrist as soon as possible. 

How Will I Know It’s Heel Pain?

            There is a difference between experiencing heel pain and experiencing plantar fasciitis. As a good rule of thumb, remember that plantar fasciitis always involves heel pain, but heel pain does not always involve plantar fasciitis. You might be experiencing plantar fasciitis if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Foot tingling or burning – especially first thing in the morning

  • Extra pain after extended rest or prolonged activity

  • Unable to support weight on heel for multiple days in a row

How Can I Treat Heel Pain?

            The good news about plantar fasciitis is that it’s very easily treated, especially when you consult your podiatrist as soon as possible. The goal in treating heel pain is to relieve your feet of whatever is causing extra strain on your plantar fascia tendon. Some treatments may include:

  • Custom orthotics – these shoe inserts will be designed for your unique foot shape and will correct any abnormal gait that causes extra strain

  • Anti-inflammatory medicine – medications like Advil or ibuprofen will reduce the swelling

  • Surgery – in extreme cases, surgery is sometimes necessary, although most patients usually respond adequately to more conservative treatments

The most important thing to remember when treating heel pain is to see your podiatrist right away. He or she will be able to collaborate with you on the best treatment plan for your lifestyle. Our board-certified podiatrist Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, DPM is ready to work with you today. Make an appointment online or call (718) 266-1986 to make an appointment at Bay Podiatry Associates in Brooklyn, New York today.