You may assume that the only way to treat heel pain is with surgery. However, around 90% of men and women treated for heel spurs find relief with nonsurgical treatments like orthotics, physical therapy injections or shock wave (EPAT). Fortunately, for you, the medical team at Complete Foot and Ankle in Ridgewood and Newark, New Jersey has plenty of tools in their arsenal to heal your foot pain. Make an appointment to see Jacob Reinkraut, DPM, FACFAS; Michelle Suh, DPM, ABPM; and Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS, by calling the clinic or using the online scheduler.
Heel Pain Q & A
What’s a heel pain?
Heel Pain can be caused by many things. Most common is Achilles Tendonitis and Plantar Fasciitis. These are sometimes accompanied by a bone spur which can be seen on x-ray. Other less common things that can cause heel pain are stress fractures, different types of arthritis, referred nerve pain, fat pad atrophy, an Achilles tendon that is too tight or too loose… The list goes on. The good news is most heel pain is easily diagnosed and treated. This pain is often relieved with just one visit. Patients often leave wishing they came in sooner!
What are the risk factors for developing bone spurs?
Your likelihood of getting heel pain increases as you age. However, other factors contribute to your risk of developing heel pain. These include:
- Running or playing high-impact sports
- Occupations that keep you on your feet
- Performing activities on hard surfaces
- Excess weight
- Wearing improper, ill-fitting footwear without adequate arch support
- Flat feet or high arches
How do you diagnose heel pain?
When you visit the podiatrist with heel pain, they perform a physical exam to locate tender areas and examine the structure of your feet. They also ask questions about your health history and the intensity, location, and frequency of your pain to discover clues about your condition.
After the exam, your podiatrist often orders an X-ray to evaluate the bone. If high suspicion of tendon or ligament pathology or relief is not obtained quickly an MRI is ordered to evaluate the soft tissue and better evaluate for nondisplaced or stress fractures that can not be seen on an x-ray.
How do you treat heel pain?
Your podiatrist works with you to find the treatment plan that provides the most relief. The treatment objective is to relieve pain, stimulate healing and regain the flexibility of the tendon and fascia. Stretching and proper shoe gear is necessary to prevent this from reoccurring.
You may have heard of Cortisone or steroid injections for heel pain but the newer treatment includes REGENERATIVE options that help the body heal itself rather than just decreasing the inflammation. Here at Complete Foot and Ankle we have the most advanced and successful options. This includes EPAT PRP BMAC and Amniotic options. We would be happy to explain the specifics of each during out consultation. For cases that don’t resolve quickly with conservative treatment there are minimally invasive surgical options performed with tiny cameras (endoscope/arthroscope) or ultrasound. We would be happy to help you using the most up to date and successful treatment options available.
If you’re suffering from heel pain, contact Complete Foot and Ankle online or over the phone for an evaluation. Don’t let heel pain slow you down!