By Parkway Podiatry
January 28, 2019
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can be persistent and even debilitating. How does it happen, and what relieves it?

If you suffer from sore, painful heels, turn to Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn. They have the diagnostic skills and treatments to make your feet comfortable and functional.


Your heels hurt...

And, no wonder they do. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, your heels take quite a pounding to the tune of 60 pounds of pressure per foot per mile you walk. The results are wear and tear and inflammatory conditions which can disable and discourage you.

At Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudkowsky carefully examine and image feet experiencing heel pain. Dr. Rudkowsky is an expert in heel tendon pathology, too, so you know your podiatric health is in capable hands!


Heel pain conditions

One of the most frequent causes of heel pain is an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue extending from the heel bone, or calcaneus, to the base of the five toes. Overuse through running, jumping, standing for long periods of time, and carrying excess body weight, all contribute to the soreness, stiffness, and heel pain of plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs, small bony projections off the heel bone, often accompany plantar fasciitis, as well

Another source of heel pain is Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the large tendon which connects the back of the heel to the calf muscle. Sufferers of plantar fasciitis frequently find that the tendon is sore and stiff particularly in the morning after getting out of bed. Sudden and excessive athletic activity also often instigates this frequent problem, particularly for middle-aged athletes and people who neglect to stretch and warm-up before a workout or game.

Finally, Haglund's deformity, or pump bump as it's nicknamed, causes swelling, tenderness, and redness at the back of the heel, typically where the shoe rubs on the foot. This bony bump can become quite large and affect the patient's gait and shoe fit.


Common treatments for heel pain

As the saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." As such, Dr. Saphire and Dr. Rudkowsky offer several preventive measures that you can use to avoid and limit heel pain. They are:

  • Losing excess body weight
  • Stretching before working out or running
  • Resting your sore heel, applying ice as needed, and elevating it
  • Physical therapy
  • Over the counter analgesics and anti-inflammatories
  • Customized shoe orthotics to balance gait issues
  • Wearing quality footwear

In addition, Parkway Podiatry offers innovative Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, a minimally invasive application of sound wave energy. ESWT stimulates healing and reduces swelling and soreness in the heel.

Come see us

Treat your feet well. If your heels hurt, don't wait—see the experts at Parkway Podiatry for an evaluation and treatment options. Call (718) 236-5253 for an appointment. See improvement fast!