If chronic heel pain is interfering with your ability to stay active, don’t delay an evaluation at Flatlands Foot Care in the Flatlands area of Brooklyn. Board-certified podiatrist Talia Shwer, DPM, offers in-office diagnostic evaluations to uncover the root cause of your heel pain. Dr. Shwer specializes in conservative treatments, including cortisone injections to ease pain and improve your mobility. She can also surgically treat painful heel spurs and complex fractures. Learn about your options for treating chronic heel pain by scheduling an evaluation at the New York City office online or by phone today. These are only some of the services we offer; we do MUCH more. Please contact our office for details.
There are several reasons why you may have persistent heel pain, including direct trauma to the heel during a fall or while being physically active in exercise or sports.
One of the most common causes of chronic heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This condition involves the plantar fascia, the thick ligament that travels between your toes and the bottom of your heel and absorbs the shock of your movements.
When this ligament is stretched too far, it weakens and may develop small tears. These tears cause persistent irritation and inflammation in the ligament that lead to ongoing pain.
If you’re prone to having tight calf muscles or flat feet, a condition where you lack arches in your feet, you may also be at greater risk for developing heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.
Heel spurs are another common factor that contributes to chronic heel pain. These overgrowths of bone become irritated by the shoes you wear or if you’re physically active.
To determine the underlying cause of your heel pain, Dr. Shwer takes the time to review your medical history and the activities you do daily, such as high-impact exercise and sports.
During a physical exam, Dr. Shwer checks the heel and surrounding area for tenderness, inflammation, and redness.
To further evaluate the structure of your heel, Dr. Shwer may order X-rays or other imaging tests. Diagnostic testing can identify fractures, bone spurs, and tears in the plantar fascia to confirm your diagnosis.
When your heel pain is the result of overly tight calf muscles that contribute to heel pain or have existing tears in your plantar fascia, Dr. Shwer may start you on exercises to lengthen and strengthen your muscles to naturally relieve pain.
You can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers to keep you comfortable. If these medications don’t control your pain, Dr. Shwer offers in-office injection therapies of cortisone that deliver anti-inflammatory medicines directly into the heel.
You may need to wear a stabilizing splint that limits movement in your foot and heel. Orthotic inserts in your shoes can also alleviate pressure on the heel and improve your mobility.
If you have heel spurs or a moderate to severe fracture, Dr. Shwer may recommend surgery to remove the spur or repair areas of a fractured bone. During such a procedure, she may also opt to repair tears in the plantar fascia or detach the ligament from your heel bone.
Learn more about available treatments for heel pain by scheduling a consultation at Flatlands Foot Care today by using the online booking feature or by calling the office.