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, 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.