Posts for tag: Heel Pain

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!

By Parkway Podiatry
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Let’s get to the bottom of your heel pain and figure out what to do about it.heel pain

You want to go for that jog but as you get out of bed a shooting pain runs through your heel. Ouch! What could that be? Heel pain is an all too common issue and our Brooklyn, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky, are here to tell you more about what could be going on and what you can do to get rid of your heel pain.

What could be causing my heel pain?

There are many reasons why you could be dealing with heel pain. The common culprits include:

  • Plantar fasciitis (the most common)
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Sprains
  • Fractures
  • Bursitis

Even though plantar fasciitis is the most common cause this doesn’t necessarily mean that this inflammatory condition is what’s going on for you. This is why it’s important to visit our Brooklyn foot doctors if:

  • The pain is severe
  • You can’t put weight on the foot
  • The pain appears suddenly
  • The pain is accompanied by swelling
  • The pain doesn’t improve within a couple of days

How can I treat my heel pain?

Usually, the first course of action is to treat the pain and other symptoms from home. These more conservative options include avoiding certain activities that could make the pain worse and resting your foot as much as possible.

Besides making sure you are wearing footwear that not only fits properly but also offers your feet the support they need, you may also benefit from bracing or splinting the foot or wearing custom orthotics for additional support, stability and shock absorption.

If these measures do not work then we will need to employ more aggressive measures such as steroid injections (for severe swelling or pain), shockwave therapy (which can be effective for severe or chronic cases of plantar fasciitis) or surgery (often the last resort when no other treatment options have worked).

If heel pain is dragging you down and these solutions aren’t helping then it’s time you turned to the foot experts at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY. Call us to schedule an appointment right away so you can get back to what truly matters.

By Parkway Podiatry
September 21, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Our feet have dozens of tiny bones and moving parts. Due to their location, this complex part of the body is, unfortunately, prone to injury heel painand overuse. Heel pain is a common condition which can develop due to many different situations. Luckily, your Brooklyn, NY podiatrist can diagnose and help you overcome your heel pain. Find out more about heel pain treatments with Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky at Parkway Podiatry.

What causes heel pain? 
From injury to underlying issues, heel pain can come from a myriad of things. However, some causes of heel pain are more common than others, including:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • stress fracture
  • bursitis
  • trauma to the foot
  • overuse

If you experience heel pain which is severe, lasts longer than a week, or has begun to affect your daily life, you should see your podiatrist for an examination. If you experience severe swelling, the inability to move or bend your foot, or heel pain accompanied by fever or numbness, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Diagnosing Heel Pain 
Your podiatrist uses several techniques to get to the bottom of your heel pain. A physical examination allows your doctor to spot abnormalities visually. X-rays or MRIs help your doctor dig deeper to see your foot’s tissues, muscles, ligaments, and bones. These techniques coupled with your medical and family history and information about your lifestyle help your doctor determine the root cause of your heel pain.

Heel Pain Treatment in Brooklyn, NY 
Heel pain treatment varies depending on your condition and its severity. Treatment often begins conservatively with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Over-the-counter pain medications help relieve pain and swelling. If these conservative treatments fail, your doctor may prescribe a brace or orthotic to stabilize the foot and help align its tissues and bones. Though rare, some severe cases of heel pain require surgery. Your doctor is your best resource for information on diagnosing and treating your heel pain.

For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Gary Saphire and Dr. Asher Rudowsky at Parkway Podiatry in Brooklyn, NY. Call (718) 236-5253 to schedule an appointment with your podiatrist today!

By Dr. Saphire & Dr. Rudowsjky
March 08, 2016
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can be very uncomfortable; in some cases, you may be unable to put weight on the affected foot. The pain can be due to a variety of causes - plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, or fractures. Once you've visited Parkway Podiatry and your Brooklyn podiatrist, Dr. Gary Saphire or Dr. Asher Rudowsky, has diagnosed the source of your heel pain, it's time to start treatment to get you back on your feet. Heel PainHere's how:

Conservative treatments

If your heel pain is due to inflammation from plantar fasciitis or a bone spur, your Brooklyn podiatrist will usually try some traditional treatment methods first. This can include rest and propping the foot up, icing the area to reduce the swelling and pain, and taking analgesics like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. During your visit to Parkway Podiatry, your Brooklyn podiatrist may show you various flexing and stretching techniques that can gently exercise the area. Often, simple treatments like these are enough to allow for healing of most heel pain causes.

Moderate treatments

If heel pain continues even after the above measures have been taken, your Brooklyn podiatrist may inject the area with cortisone, a hormone with anti-inflammatory properties. Shock wave therapy may also be effective, especially for those who have heel pain associated with exercise.

Surgical treatments

If all other methods fail to bring relief from heel pain, your Brooklyn podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove the source of pain. Surgery may be the first line of treatment for those with serious heel fractures.

As you can see, the treatment of your heel pain depends largely on the cause behind it and the extent of the damage. If you've been dealing with heel pain and you live in the Brooklyn, New York area, don't hesitate to call Parkway Podiatry to receive a thorough evaluation from one of our skilled podiatrists.

By Parkway Podiatry
March 13, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

 

Although the source of discomfort in your heels may be something internal, such as a bone spur or plantar fasciitis, certain habits can cause heel pain. What you wear, how you move, or even what you're eating may contribute to the uncomfortable feelings in your Heel Pain.

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Footwear

People who spend a lot of time standing, like those in the retail and service industries, may notice their heels are extremely sore at the end of the day. Wearing properly fitted, supportive shoes provide a more comfortable, cushioned foundation for those who need to be on their feet for long periods of time. Women who wear high-heeled shoes frequently can also experience a wide variety of foot problems, including heel pain. Although cushioned inserts can help, it's best to alternate wearing high-heeled shoes with flats to give your feet a break.

Obesity

Being obese (defined as having an excessive amount of body fat) is a systemic issue, affecting all of the organs and their functions. It also puts extra strain on the feet and ankles, as they are not designed to support a disproportionate amount of weight. This can cause pain and difficulty walking or standing. Maintaining a balanced diet and introducing a moderate amount of exercise into your daily routine will help alleviate many of the problems caused by obesity.

Activity

While exercise is beneficial to the entire body, certain repetitive activities tend to put too much stress on the feet. Frequent running or jogging can result in stress fractures of the foot bones, especially if the person is exercising on hard surfaces. The overuse of these bones can cause tiny fissures to develop on the bones' surfaces. Depending on where the fracture is located, heel pain may be present during activity and taper off with rest. Your Brooklyn podiatrist will be able to determine the location and extent of a stress fracture with an x-ray or bone scan.

You don't have to live with heel pain. Call Parkway Podiatry today to discuss your problem and find a solution.




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