It’s important to address heel pain at the source. Often, heel pain is the result of overuse, and the best way to prevent it from getting worse is to change your habits. At Precision Footcare in Midtown East, New York City, board-certified podiatrist John Jurcisin, DPM, ABPS, FACFAS, diagnoses and treats heel pain, including conditions such as plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis. Schedule an appointment at the Midtown office online or over the phone.
There are many conditions that cause heel pain. Though the specific conditions vary, the underlying cause is often overuse, which means you put more pressure or stress on your heel than it can handle. You usually feel heel pain in the bottom or back of your heel.
Common conditions that cause heel pain include:
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that connects your heels to your toes. It’s common among runners and people who work on their feet.
Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury to your Achilles tendon, which connects your calf to your heel bone. It’s common among runners and “weekend warriors”—people who only play sports on weekends.
Heel spurs are bony deposits that stick out underneath your heel. Heel spurs may occur by themselves or alongside other conditions, including plantar fasciitis.
Stress fractures are tiny cracks in the bone that are caused by repetitive force. They can affect your heels, along with many of the bones in your foot.
Heel pain usually isn’t the result of an injury. In many cases, heel pain starts out as mild and gets worse over time. If you have heel pain, it’s best to have Dr. Jurcisin take a look as soon as possible.
When you have heel pain, Dr. Jurcisin performs a thorough examination that may include:
Dr. Jurcisin determines a course of treatment depending on the cause.
Treatment for heel pain varies case by case and depends on the underlying cause. Thankfully, most cases resolve within a few months using conservative treatment. To treat inflammatory conditions like plantar fasciitis, it’s important to relieve pressure on your heel so the pain doesn’t get worse.
Dr. Jurcisin may recommend one or more of the following treatment approaches:
An important part of treating heel pain is preventing it from coming back. Dr. Jurcisin gives you advice on avoiding overuse injuries, such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. For example, if you’re a distance runner, he may recommend varied workouts that include low-impact exercise, like swimming or cycling.
Get treatment for heel pain before it gets worse. Schedule an appointment at Precision Footcare online or over the phone.