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Heel Pain

Most heel pain can be prevented by correcting any imbalances you have in your gait and wearing the right shoes for your activities. But sometimes, even when you do everything right, your foot gets injured, a tendon becomes inflamed or spurs develop in your heels. As a result, you end up with debilitating heel pain. By visiting your New Jersey podiatry practice at the first sign of heel pain, you can alleviate most major issues and keep up with your regular activities. So don’t hesitate to visit Premier Podiatry; you’ll save yourself from continuing pain and even potential disability.

Heel pain doesn’t usually signal that you have a serious medical condition, but pain in the back of your heel or at the bottom of your heel puts a real damper on your quality of life. Walking, running and any kind of exercise becomes much more difficult. If your shoes don’t fit right, every time you step on your foot, you exacerbate the discomfort.

You don’t have to live with foot pain of any kind when a foot doctor New Jersey Dr. Velimir Petkov is a well-respected podiatrist with extensive training and experience treating heel and foot pain. While you may just need a home care regimen to find some heel pain relief, Dr. Petkov’s clear diagnosis and professional advice give you peace of mind as he ensures you get the best heel pain treatment.

Major Causes of Heel Pain

The most common condition that causes the bottom of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. In this ailment, the major fasciitis ligament on the bottom of your foot is damaged. Pain in the back of your heel typically results from Achilles tendonitis that occurs when the Achilles tendon that runs from your heel up through the back of your ankle becomes inflamed or ruptured.

Because your feet are made up of so many intertwined, delicate elements that work hard every day to keep you mobile, diagnosis before treatment is vital for receiving the most appropriate care. When one area of your foot is injured or stressed, pain tends to run through the rest of your foot, including your heel. Other foot conditions that lead to pain in the heel of a foot include:


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Associated Risks

If you walk with a faulty gait or if you wear shoes that are ill-fitting or provide inadequate support, your heel pain conditions can worsen. Ineffective support from wearing the wrong shoes for specific activities can cause eventual heel pain. Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Poor posture
  • Years of pounding on your feet while playing sports
  • Working at a job that requires you to stand on a hard surface all day

The bone in your heel is the largest of all the bones in your feet and takes the brunt of the stress. And when the pain is severe or chronic, heel pain can be disabling. You shouldn’t wait until you can’t walk to seek heel pain treatment. At the first signs of sensitivity, swelling or redness on the sides, backs or bottoms of your heels, call your experienced foot doctor Clifton for a firm diagnosis and effective treatment.

Heel Pain Treatment

Once Dr. Petkov rules out any bone issues, tumors or stress fractures, he usually begins treatment conservatively with at-home suggestions, such as:

  • Wearing shoe inserts
  • Exercising to strengthen your lower leg muscles
  • Taking over-the-counter or prescribed anti-inflammatory medication
  • Wrapping or taping your foot
  • Using prescription orthotics to correct biomechanical issues
  • Participating in physical therapy
  • EPAT shockwave therapy

It’s rare that heel pain forces the issue, but minimally invasive surgery may be required to deliver heel pain relief. When surgery is recommended as the best heel pain treatment, the options depend on your specific heel pain. The types of surgery include:

You increase your chances of a full recovery when you seek heel pain treatment early. And with the expertise of Dr. Petkov at work for you, your chances improve even more. Don’t wait. Contact Premier Podiatry today to schedule your initial consultation.

Heel Pain Q & A

Why do I have heel pain?

Of the 26 bones in each of your feet, your heel bone is the largest. Since it’s the primary shock-absorbing and weight-bearing bone in your foot, it’s certainly prone to injury and degenerative conditions. Your heel pain may be caused by:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Excessive pronation
  • Bone bruise

While most cases of heel pain aren’t anything serious, if left untreated, your condition — and thus your pain — can certainly get worse.

When should I see a doctor for heel pain?

Ideally, you’d visit with Dr. Petkov at Premier Podiatry as soon as your heel pain starts, just so he can find out what’s going on and treat the underlying issue. But if you’ve been suffering from heel pain for a while, it’s particularly important to schedule an evaluation right away if:

  • Your pain is getting worse
  • You notice swelling or inflammation
  • Your skin is red or warm to the touch

Plan on coming in to the clinic if your heel pain is keeping you from doing the things you enjoy, or is inhibiting your job functions. Dr. Petkov can gather essential diagnostic X-ray or ultrasound imaging on the spot, so you can usually get a thorough diagnosis and start treatment the same day as your appointment.

How is heel pain treated?

As with most foot and ankle conditions, your heel pain treatment depends on what’s causing it and your own individual needs. Dr. Petkov tailors your treatment plan to both relieve pain and inflammation as quickly as possible and to prevent further damage. Heel pain treatments can include:

  • Prescription custom orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections
  • K-Laser
  • Physical therapy and stretches

As a less-common treatment and last resort, Dr. Petkov might suggest foot surgery to repair damaged tissues or bones, or to remove inflamed tissue. With his expertise in advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, you can expect a full recovery with a short downtime period after foot surgery.

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