Heel pain is one of the most challenging types of foot pain because it can cause stabbing pain with every step you take. At Susz Podiatry & Wound Care, the compassionate heel pain experts led by John Susz, DPM, FACFAS, offer an array of effective pain relief solutions in three offices in Westfield and Lakewood, New York, and Russell, Pennsylvania. Call the office nearest you today.
Many cases of heel pain stem from plantar fasciitis. This condition develops when the flexible strip of tissue linking your heel bone and toes (the plantar fascia) becomes badly irritated.
Heel pain can develop due to other reasons, such as:
Bone spurs — hard deposits of calcium on a bone — can develop on the underside of the heel, where they’re called heel spurs. X-rays frequently show heel spurs in people with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fasciitis is the root cause of the pain, while the heel spurs are a byproduct of plantar fasciitis.
Heel pain can go away on its own sometimes. If your heel pain just started and is not too severe, simple methods like rest, ice packs, and over-the-counter pain medication might help.
The most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis, can go away on its own. The plantar fascia usually heals gradually, and 8 of 10 people recover within a year.
But, when you’re struggling with severe heel pain and are having trouble continuing normal activities, you need faster help. Susz Podiatry & Wound Care is here for you and can help you recover much faster than you would without expert treatment.
Fortunately, most cases of heel pain, especially those related to plantar fasciitis, are treatable with conservative nonsurgical care.
Determining your nonsurgical treatment options starts with a diagnosis. The team examines your foot and performs X-rays or other imaging tests like ultrasound to find the cause of your heel pain. This gives them the specific information they need to find the optimal nonsurgical heel pain approach for you.
The Susz Podiatry & Wound Care team offers customized treatment solutions such as:
The team tries every possible nonsurgical option, including the most up-to-date new methods, before they recommend surgery. But, in the rare event that you need surgery, you’ll typically have a minimally invasive procedure with a tiny incision.
Call Susz Podiatry & Wound Care to get help with your heel pain now.