What’s Causing My Heel Pain?

Dr. Corey Fox
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Director of Massapequa Podiatry Associates

Causes of Heal PainChances are, if you’ve been struggling with pain in your heels—anything from a constant dull ache to episodes of sharp, stabbing sensations—you’re less interested in finding out what’s causing it and more interested in fixing it. That’s understandable! It’s our job to do the fixing, and we do it well.

That said, heel pain is a symptom that could be caused by a variety of different conditions or factors, and finding out exactly what structures have been damaged—and why—is an essential first step in getting you the best, quickest solution to your problem.

The most common heel pain conditions include plantar fasciitis (which usually flares up just underneath and toward the front of the heel), Achilles tendinitis (back of the heel), and bursitis (often mistaken for Achilles tendinitis), though that’s just the tip of the iceberg. And although many of these conditions tend to emerge as a result of physical overuse—running, jumping, standing, repetitive motions, etc.—causing damage to soft tissue structures like tendons and ligaments, others may involve cracks in bone (stress fractures, for example), pinched nerves (as with tarsal tunnel syndrome), or other problems.

Sometimes we can make a diagnosis from a simple physical examination and a discussion with you about your symptoms—plantar fasciitis, for example, tends to come with sharp pain that’s most intense in the early morning or after a long sit—but our office also offers imaging tests and other diagnostic technologies that can be used if necessary. We want to be 100% sure about what’s causing your heel pain.

With a positive diagnosis, the next step is to discuss treatment options. Often times there will be more than one possible course that can be effective, and while we may have a particular recommendation that we think will work best, the ultimate choice must be made by the patient after considering factors like time, money, and lifestyle. The great news for you is that our office has invested in the latest heel pain treatment technologies and cutting-edge research, so modalities such as shockwave therapy, platelet-rich-plasma therapy, amniotic tissue treatment using stem cells, custom orthotics, and more are at our disposal. This ensures that no matter what the ultimate cause of your heel pain, you can find a selection of the most effective current countermeasures available at Massapequa Podiatry Associates.

Let us help you identify the cause of, and fix, your heel pain. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fox, please give us a call at 516-541-9000. You can also request an appointment online.

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