Posts for: July, 2018
The onset of heel pain is often gradual, slowly building up until you just can’t ignore it any longer. That’s when it’s imperative that you see a foot doctor for treatment. The solution could be as simple as changing your footwear or getting a custom orthotic device. Have your foot examined by a podiatrist at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ, to get a better understanding of what is causing your heel pain.
Reasons for Heel Pain
Many patients assume that a pain in the heel is caused by some type of direct stress or pressure on the heel. But in many cases, heel pain is caused by a ligament in the foot called the plantar fascia. It connects the toe to the heel. When the ligament is inflamed or damaged, the pain is felt at the base of the heel where it is attached. Over time, a tiny growth called a heel spur may develop, which could also become painful. In most cases, heel pain and plantar fasciitis are caused by wearing poorly designed shoes, like flip-flops or stiletto heels. Your Montvale and Hackensack podiatrist can help you pinpoint the reason for your discomfort.
Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It
Heel pain is a sign of a larger problem that could become more difficult to repair the longer you avoid treatment. For instance, if your heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis you may be at risk of developing flat feet. If a heel spur forms, it may have to be removed with a surgical procedure. Heel pain could also change the way that you walk because you avoid stepping on the painful area, putting more pressure on other parts of the feet.
Heel Pain Solutions
Traditional treatments for heel pain include ice and heat therapy, physical therapy, and foot exercises. Orthotic arch supports protect and control the feet as they heal. Anti-inflammatories help with pain. Two modern treatments called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) and Radial Shockwave Therapy (RSWT) are also helping patients. They deliver waves of energy to the painful areas, causing the tissue to heal and regenerate.
Help for Your Heels
When your heels start to hurt, there are immediate actions you and your foot doctor can take to stop the pain. Call 201-488-3668 today to see a podiatrist at Podiatry Foot and Ankle Institute in Montvale and Hackensack, NJ.