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Heel Pain Treatment NYC – Manhattan Footcare

Chronic heel pain is one of the most common complaints to podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons. The onset of heel pain can sometimes be a sudden discomfort, but many times is can be a steadily worsening ache. Heel pain is a more general term given to specific ailments that affect the foot, most commonly plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. If chronic heel pain is left untreated, conditions that affect the heel usually worsen and can adversely affect a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks. Fortunately, you can relieve and even treat most cases of heel pain yourself.

What Causes Chronic Heel Pain?

Heel pain can develop due to a number of factors. In most cases, it does not result from a single injury. Instead, heel pain usually occurs as a result of excessive or continuous stress or repetitive pounding on the heel. In addition to pain around the ball of the foot, swelling and bruising may also be present.

Who Are Likely to Suffer Chronic Heel Pain?

Athletes are especially prone to developing chronic heel pain conditions. Running and jumping can put constant strain on the heel and various muscles and ligaments throughout the foot, ankle, and calf, which can lead to considerable tissue damage. Furthermore, other factors of a person’s lifestyle, such as obesity and having a job that regularly requires heavy lifting can damage the heels of the feet and lead to serious pain.

Because of its various causes, the intensity of chronic heel pain can range from mild to severe. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. This condition develops when the plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed due to forceful pulling of the ligament from where it attaches to the heel bone, resulting in tears in the tissue. The plantar fascia ligament that runs the length of the foot could become irritated when too much stress is put on it. Factors that contribute to stress include unsupportive shoes, excessive running or other exercise, or sudden change in weight, such as during pregnancy where too much weight is suddenly placed on the ligament.

Treating Heel Pain

Although there are many different treatments available for chronic heel pain, a simple orthotic is often the best way to relieve heel pain since they are cost effective and provide the best results.

If you need treatment for your heel pain, Manhattan Footcare can provide you the services of a highly qualified podiatrist. Just dial 212-629-5090 to schedule an appointment.

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