Heel pain is one of the chief complaints among patients seeking medical help at Manhattan Footcare. Steve Menna, DPM, and George Pace, DPM, offer the latest diagnostic tools and treatments for heel pain at their offices with locations in Brooklyn and the Midtown Manhattan region of New York City. To get back on your feet again, book an appointment online or over the phone today.
At the heart of your heel is your heel bone. This tough bone is the anchor for the Achilles tendon in your ankle and your plantar fascia, which runs along the bottom of your foot. To help your heel withstand the impact of daily walking, it’s surrounded by tissues that provide crucial cushioning.
There are several conditions that can cause heel pain, with the following two being the most common.
Your plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to your toes. Your plantar fascia is extremely taut to provide support for your arches. If your plantar fascia develops tiny tears due to stresses, it can become inflamed and lead to plantar fasciitis. If your plantar fasciitis goes untreated, heel spurs can form, which can lead to more heel pain.
If you’ve developed tendinitis, which is inflammation caused by tiny tears in your Achilles tendon, the pain is often felt at the back of your heel.
Outside of the two conditions above, the following may also lead to heel pain:
This list is by no means comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of just how many conditions can lead to heel pain. The best way to find out for sure what’s causing your heel pain is to make an appointment with Manhattan Footcare for a complete analysis.
Dr. Menna and Dr. Pace have extensive experience bringing relief to their patients who suffer from heel pain. After sitting down with you to review your symptoms, your doctor will perform a physical exam. They may also order advanced diagnostic imaging to get a better look at what’s going on inside.
Once your doctor uncovers the source of your heel pain, they’ll come up with a treatment plan, which may include:
Often, these treatments, along with simply resting, are enough to remedy your heel pain. This is especially true if you’re very active. If you run, for example, you should take a break for a while to give your foot time to heal.
To learn more about the heel pain treatments at Manhattan Footcare, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment.