Your heel really hurts. More than soreness, you feel a sharp pain that radiates across the bottom of your foot. Most commonly, heel pain stems from plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the connective tissue which stretches from the heel bone to the toes. At New England Podiatry in Chestnut Hill and Newton-Wellesley, MA, and serving patients in Boston, Metro West and North and South Shores, your team of highly-skilled podiatrists have heel pain treatment options that will get you some relief.
The origins of heel pain
Some heel pain does come from a fracture of the calcaneus, or heel bone. Alternatively, it could stem from a plantar wart on the heel or even from Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon at the back of the leg.
Heel pain symptoms can come from inflammatory plantar fasciitis. Due to overuse (from sports or work), flat arches, poor support from shoes or flat feet, plantar fasciitis can be debilitating. Pain is at worst in the morning and can continue all day. Additionally, people with plantar fasciitis may have a small bony projection, called a heel spur, off the front of the calcaneus.
Heel pain treatment in Chestnut Hill, Newton-Wellesley, and the Boston area
You have options, with the help of the foot doctors at New England Podiatry. A simple physical examination of your foot and digital X-rays tells the podiatrist the nature of your problem.
Your podiatrist normally recommends prudent lifestyle strategies to control the inflammation and discomfort from this condition.
These interventions include:
- Losing weight
- Wearing quality shoes with good arch support
- Over-the-counter analgesics
- Stretching exercises, to be performed particularly in the morning
- Custom-made shoe orthotics
- Posterior night splints worn while you sleep to support the Achilles tendon
- Cortisone injections to reduce inflammation
- Physical therapy
Over time, most patients find relief from their heel pain. In resistant cases, non-invasive Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy and surgery may be considered.
What about your heel pain?
Don't suffer from persistent heel pain. Have it correctly diagnosed and treated at New England Podiatry. We have two offices in the Boston area to serve all your lower extremity needs. In Chestnut Hill, phone (617) 232-1752, or for the Newton-Wellesley Hospital office, call (617) 630-8280.