Diagnosing Heel Pain Conditions

Dr. Corey Fox
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Director of Massapequa Podiatry Associates

How to diagnose heel pain Heel pain is, far and away, the No. 1 painful foot condition we see at our office—that’s why we call ourselves Long Island Heel Pain.

But that doesn’t mean we can get complacent, or that it gets boring! The truth is that every foot is different, and there are myriad factors—external pressures, internal structures, medical conditions, and more—that can contribute to painful heels. The symptoms may be similar, but getting to the bottom of the case and making the right diagnosis is the key to getting you the relief you need.

Part of that process is a physical examination. We’ll check your heel and the surrounding area for signs of tenderness, bruising, swelling, and other problems, noting the severity and location of each. We may also ask you to perform some simple exercises and physical tests, like standing on one foot. If we deem necessary, further diagnostic technology may be implemented: an X-ray to look for any breaks or cracks in bone, for example, or an ultrasound to assess the health of soft tissue structures.

We’ll also ask you a series of questions to try to build a “profile” of sorts for your painful heel. Where, exactly, is your pain located? How long have you had it? Is it worst in the early morning, during activity, or after activity? Do you play any sports or have any active hobbies? What types of shoes do you normally wear? These sorts of questions help us really get a sense of what contributing factors may be the most significant in your case—and help us emphasize which treatment and prevention strategies will likely be most effective.

The great news is that, regardless of your ultimate diagnosis, you’re in good hands with Dr. Corey Fox. Heel pain is our specialty, and we work hard to bring you the widest possible range of treatment options, including state-of-the-art research, techniques, and technology—all the way from good old-fashioned conservative home care to shockwave therapy, platelet-rich plasma therapy, amniotic tissue treatments, minimally invasive surgical techniques, and other advanced, modern approaches.

Got a bad case of heel pain? Don’t address it with just a wince and a shrug! Let our team help you give that heel pain a name—and then help you fix it. To set up an appointment with Dr. Fox at our Massapequa office, please fill out an online contact form or give us a call at 516-541-9000.

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