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Do you have heel pain that comes and goes, but is now increasing every day? If so, Dr. Frank Campo of North End Foot Center in Boston, MA, is here to help. Read on to learn how our podiatrist can sort out your symptoms to help eliminate heel pain.
What causes heel pain?
At our Boston area practice, your podiatrist sees many people whose heel pain problems come from a number of sources, including gout, arthritis, nerve entrapment, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, stress fractures, and plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition of the bowstring-like tissue between the toes and heel bone. Extremely common in the United States, plantar fasciitis results from weight problems, improper gait, and the aging process.
Whatever the cause, heel pain typically worsens when left untreated. Accordingly, if you're suffering from a tender heel, contact North End Foot Center for a consultation with Dr. Campo. He will ask you about your symptoms, look at your feet, analyze your walking gait, and take digital X-rays and other imaging. With this information, he can properly diagnose and treat your heel pain.
Treating heel pain
Much depends on your podiatrist's diagnosis. In general, pain should lessen with:
- Rest from strenuous activities such as running and tennis
- Elevating the foot
- Ice to the heel and arch
- Anti-inflammatory medications and/or injections (cortisone)
- Orthotics (i.e. custom-made shoe inserts) that correct gait problems and provide proper arch support
- A change in shoes (better arch support, lower heels, more room in the toe boxes)
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Nighttime splints to keep the proper foot and ankle alignment
In some rare cases, surgical intervention is needed to remove a bone spur or release the tension on the Achilles tendon or plantar fascia. Dr. Campo will compose a care plan specific to your medical needs, lifestyle, and other factors.
Find out more
No one knows more about foot health than the podiatric team at North End Foot Center. Dr. Campo can eliminate or manage your heel pain so you feel great and enjoy great flexibility and mobility. Why wait? Call our Boston office for a consultation today: (617) 248-8682.
Heel pain is one of the most common podiatry complaints. There are a few potential causes for heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, a stress fracture, or arthritis. Temporary heel pain may resolve on its own, but persistent heel pain may be a sign of an injury. Dr. Frank Campo, a podiatrist at North End Foot Center in Boston, MA, offers treatment for heel pain.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Boston, MA
Heel pain usually occurs on the bottom side of the heel, or above the heel, which may be a sign of a common condition like Achilles tendinitis. Conservative treatments like rest, medication for pain and inflammation, supportive inserts or orthotics, and physical therapy are often enough to treat some instances of heel pain, depending on the cause. Other potential causes of heel pain include:
- Heel or bone spurs
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
Signs and Symptoms of a Heel Injury
- Pain in the morning right after waking up or after long periods of sitting
- Persistent pain that lasts for more than a week or two
- Pain following trauma or a sports injury
For mild to moderate heel pain, conservative treatments and self-care are usually enough to manage and relieve heel pain. Your podiatrist may also recommend making a few lifestyle modifications to avoid repetitive strain injuries; a healthy diet and an appropriate exercise plan to maintain a healthy weight, and investing in supportive shoes and sneakers that are a good fit for your activity levels and foot type. People with flat feet or low arches can be more susceptible to issues like plantar fasciitis in some cases.
Find a Podiatrist in Boston, MA
For more information about the causes and treatment options for heel pain and other foot and ankle injuries and conditions, contact North End Foot Center by calling (617) 248-8682 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Campo today.