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April 11, 2019
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  
Your left heel is so sore that you can't wait to get off your feet. What's happening? At New England Heel-PainPodiatry in Boston, MA, your team of five podiatrists see case upon case of heel pain. Most often, it's an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar what? Don't worry. The medical term may sound scary, but the cure usually is simple! Find out more by reading below.
Causes of heel pain
While sometimes a wart or stone bruise causes discomfort in the heel, the most common cause of heel pain remains plantar fasciitis. Entailing an overstretching of the ligament which extends from the heel bone to the base of the toes, plantar fasciitis precipitates persistent heel pain and swelling.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says 2 million people in the US annually receive medical treatment for heel pain traced to plantar fasciitis, making it one of the most common podiatric conditions affecting American adults. How does this condition develop? Causes vary and include:
  • Obesity
  • Overuse (running, tennis and other athletic activities)
  • Overpronation, a gait problem involving an inward rotation of the foot
  • Flat arches
  • Poorly constructed shoes, particularly in the area of the arch
  • Rigid calf muscles
Even though symptoms seem activity-related, many people suffer the most just after rising from bed in the morning or after sitting in the car for long periods of time.
What can help
At New England Podiatry, your foot doctor diagnoses plantar fasciitis with a hands-on examination, X-ray screening, and specialized imaging such as MRI. While they do offer endoscopic fasciotomy to relieve the pressure and inflammation of heel pain, most patients do well without surgery of any kind.
Your foot doctor will put together a treatment plant to address how heel pain affects you personally and to give you lasting relief. Interventions may include:
  • Custom-crafted shoe inserts (orthotics) to correct gait problems and provide adequate support
  • Stretching exercises, particularly for the feet and calves
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen
  • Weight loss
  • A change in footwear
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Elevation
  • Splints (typically worn at night)
  • Cortisone injections
  • Shockwave treatment
  • Endoscopic surgery
 ​​​​Need relief? Give one of our Boston offices a call!
You can start to live pain-free when the staff at New England Podiatry help you with your plantar fasciitis. For an in-person consultation on your heel pain, call one of our two Boston-area offices for an appointment. For the Chestnut-Hill office, phone (617) 232-1752, or for the Newton-Wellesley location, call (617) 630-8280.
June 19, 2017
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain affects many people at one time or another in their lives. Heel pain can make daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs,Heel Pain painful and difficult. The good news is there are treatments for alleviating the pain and discomfort of heel pain. In the Boston, MA area, the podiatrists at New England Podiatry will diagnose the cause of your heel pain and develop an individualized treatment plan to minimize pain and heal your injury.

Causes and Types of Heel Pain

Heel pain often develops over time rather than suddenly following an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain. The development of heel pain is a gradual process resulting from repeated stress to the heel of the foot. Stress can be caused by an activity as simple as walking or one more strenuous, such as running, kickboxing and other high-impact movements.

Two of the most common types of heel pain are Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis, also called tendonitis, is associated with pain behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis is associated with pain on the bottom of the heel and can also lead to the development of heel spurs. A heel spur is the build up of calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel.

Treating Heel Pain

Different treatment methods are available for treating heel pain. The treatment your podiatrist recommends will depend on the cause of your heel pain. Treatment options include resting the heel, stretching, using orthotic foot supports, wearing supportive footwear, physical therapy or medications, such as corticosteroids or anti-inflammatory drugs. For those that don't respond to the previous treatments, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) may be prescribed. This procedure directs sounds waves at the affected area and stimulates a healing response. In some cases, foot surgery might be needed. For treatment of heel pain in the Boston area, visit New England Podiatry.

No matter what caused your heel pain, there are treatments that can provide relief. The podiatrists at New England Podiatry in the Boston, MA area can treat your heel pain at either of their two convenient locations. To schedule an appointment at the Chestnut Hill office, call (617) 232-1752 or call (617) 630-8280 for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital location.