Walking or even standing can be difficult when you are experiencing heel pain. It can interfere with your ability to work and to go about your normal daily life. Here at Albany Podiatrist, you will be diagnosed, evaluated, and treated using the most effective, safe, and quick methods available.
The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. When the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes becomes strained, this is the condition called plantar fasciitis. In addition to the strain, small tears can appear. Being on your feet too much, poor-fitting shoes, flat fee, high arches, being overweight, and feet that roll inward when you walk are the major risk factors. Heel spurs are deposits of calcium. They form on the underside of your heel bone as the result of muscle or ligament strain. The causes are virtually identical as those for plantar fasciitis, although diabetes can also be associated with heel spurs. Our Albany podiatrist will do a through examination and may also order x-rays. This will allow for a definitive diagnosis. Some of the symptoms related to heel pain include swelling, irritation, and inflammation. Treatments from our Albany podiatrist vary depending on severity and whether the issue is plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or both. Switching to more comfortable shoes and/or wearing orthotics (shoe inserts) are two very popular and efficient ways to address heel pain. Stretching exercises and physical therapy may also by helpful. Surgery is not typically required, unless the heel pain persists and non-invasive methods are not producing the desired results. If necessary, you can depend on surgery being done with the utmost of expertise and experience as you would expect from a foot specialist.
Call our office to schedule an appointment so that our Albany podiatrist can do a checkup and help you with your heel pain.