My heel hurts! Heel pain can be a huge bummer when every step you take is painful. Heel pain is not normal, and you should not have to live with it!
Causes of Heel Pain (There are many possibilities!)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Heel spur
- Achilles tendonitis
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Bone fracture
- Stress fracture
- Bone cyst
Drs. Goldfine are excellent at narrowing down diagnosis differentials and determining the cause of heel pain. It is important to know the pathology (the cause) of the pain before you attempt treatment. While we have a specialized state-of-the-art foot and ankle x-ray machine in the office, sometimes advanced imaging (MRI or CT) is required. If x-rays are taken, Drs. Goldfine make sure to review the radiographs with their patients.
Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spur Pain
Heel Spurs that are visible on x-ray indicate that there is extra pulling of the plantar fascia on the heel bone (calcaneus). There are a variety of conservative treatment modalities that our Podiatrists use to alleviate heel pain. Most of the time, conservative treatment works for plantar fasciitis. Drs. Goldfine have extensive biomechanics training, and design personalized custom orthotics for our patients (sometimes covered by insurance). If surgery is necessary, they are trained in non-invasive and minimally invasive (Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (use of a scope)) plantar fasciitis surgical intervention.
More information on Plantar Fasciitis
A sore Achilles tendon is not fun! Achilles tendon pain is a common culprit of heel pain. Our foot doctors are well versed in a variety of conservative and surgical treatment options. If conservative treatments do not work, Drs. Goldfine are trained in many non-invasive, minimally invasive, and open incision surgical techniques.
Heel Pain Treatment
As there are many different causes of pain, treatment varies depending on what is causing your pain.
Please reach out to us for heel pain relief!