Dr. Gary B. Feldman, DPM has reputation of treating patients like family. He has provided exceptional podiatric care for over 30 years at three convenient locations. In addition, he makes house calls if needed. This foot specialist provides services that cover a wide range of conditions. These include gentle routine and diabetic foot care, foot injury care, orthotic therapy, hospital or office based foot treatment, heel pain treatment in Bayside, and laser treatments for toenail fungus. He uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. We know that many people may feel anxious about coming to the doctor, so it is our goal to make your visit with us as pain and anxiety free as possible. From the moment you walk into our office, you will receive a warm and friendly greeting from our staff.
There are several causes for heel pain, but two common conditions are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis. Dr. Feldman will examine your feet to determine what condition you have and the best heel pain treatment in Bayside. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament located on the bottom of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when this ligament becomes irritated resulting in stiffness and pain in the heel area. The irritation that causes the condition of plantar fasciitis occurs for many reasons such as long periods of standing, long periods of bed rest, ill-fitting shoes, over use in sports training, weight gain and lack of flexibility. The Achilles tendon is a cord that runs from the calf muscle to the heel. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed due to small tears, resulting in heel pain and discomfort. This painful condition is called tendonosis. The symptoms and treatments for tendonosis are similar to those for plantar fasciitis. Pain and stiffening occurs in the heel area and is most noticeable after inactive periods such as when you first get off your bed in the morning or after long drives and at the start of a long walk or jog.
In most cases, plantar fasciitis is a controllable condition and there are treatments to help ease the pain and discomfort. The most common suggestion is to wear better shoes and inner soles that will provide firmer support to the area. Relief can also be accomplished by stretching the calf and arch and by massaging the area and applying ice for ten minutes at a time, two times a day. If the symptoms persist, additional treatments include custom made orthotics, steroid injections, physical therapy, night splints, and cast boots. A new heel pain treatment in Bayside that has proven to be very successful is ultra-sonic shockwave therapy. This is a non surgical, non invasive treatment that targets the affected area with shock waves that produces a
pain relieving effect at the site. The best way to begin treatment of tendonosis is to rest the foot, use heel cushions for elevation, stretch the Achilles tendon, and ice the foot. Call Dr. Feldman today and take the first step to eliminating your heel pain.