In order to keep you going to where you want to go you have to care for your feet. Your feet carry a heavy load with every step you take and take a real pounding whenever you run, jump or engage in any physical activity. All this movement can cause foot problems that end up painful. Our Whitestone podiatrist Dr. Gary B. Feldman, DPM has been helping patients calm their painful aching feet. The most common complaint concerning the feet and ankles is heel pain.
Most heel pain starts off as mild or moderate and will heal with rest but many people ignore those signs of heel problems and continue doing their daily activities no matter how strenuous on the feet making the problem more severe. There are two basic categories of heel pain, pain beneath the heel and pain behind the heel. Pain beneath the heel is often a stone bruise (from stepping on something hard), plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel bone and the toes) or a heel spur. The most common form of pain behind the heel is inflammation of the Achilles tendon. There are many other causes and conditions that can also result in heel pain. Our Whitestone podiatrist stresses the need for early podiatric intervention in order to keep these painful conditions from getting more severe and requiring more invasive treatment including surgery if the case gets too severe.
Our Whitestone podiatrist treats heel pain using several different approaches depending on his diagnosis of the underlying problem. The most conservative treatments include as much rest as possible, ice and changes in foot wear to cushion the heel. Our doctor may also fit the patient for orthotics to take the pressure off the heel and the affected areas while standing and walking. Often the use of over-the-counter NSAID anti-inflammatory medication can temporarily relieve the pain or our doctor may prescribe corticosteroid medications. Night splints can be used to keep the Achilles tendon and plantar fasciitis stretch while the patient sleeps. If you have heel pain don’t wait, call our office for an appointment.