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Heel pain doesn't have to disrupt your life. Here at the Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, offices of Dr. Daniel Roche, your foot doctor offers treatments that may relieve your pain and make standing, walking, and running much more comfortable.
When rest doesn't help
Staying off your feet is an excellent strategy when you have heel pain. Unfortunately, sometimes pain lingers even if you've stayed off your foot as much as possible. If your heel isn't getting better despite rest, your pain is severe or worsening, or walking is difficult, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Woodbridge and Edison podiatrist.
How treatment can ease your pain
Heel pain treatment varies depending on the cause of your pain, but they may include:
- Orthotics: Orthotics are shoe inserts that are custom-designed for you by your foot doctor. The inserts cushion and support your foot and absorb shock. Full-length orthotics or heel cups may offer a simple way to ease your pain and can be helpful if your symptoms are caused by a stone bruise, arthritis, plantar fissure, heel spur, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, or other conditions.
- Physical Therapy: Therapy can be helpful for conditions ranging from plantar fasciitis to Achilles tendonitis to arthritis. Therapy sessions stretch and strengthen the muscles and tissues in your feet, easing your pain.
- Corticosteroid Injections: When over-the-counter or prescription pain medication cannot relieve your pain, your foot doctor may recommend a corticosteroid injection.
- Night Splints: Night splints may be recommended if you have plantar fasciitis, a condition that occurs due to inflammation in the tough band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. The splints stretch the fascia when you sleep and help reduce pain.
- Ultrasound or Shockwave Therapy: If other treatment methods aren't helpful, ultrasound or extracorporeal shock wave therapy may be recommended. These therapies improve blood flow to the heel and reduce pain and inflammation.
Need relief? Give us a call
Are you suffering from heel pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Roche by dialing (908) 753-0500 for the Edison office, or (732) 636-8500 for the Woodbridge office.
When it comes to foot pain, most patients complain of discomfort around the heels. The American Podiatric Medical Association confirms this by reporting that over half of foot pain cases are related to heel pain. Luckily, if you have been experiencing this condition, Dr. Daniel Roche at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, can help! Read below to learn more about the possible courses of treatment that can calm heel inflammation and put you back on your feet!
Heel Pain Hurts
Heel pain can start off as a nagging, pinching sensation around the heel before quickly escalating to full-on pain that radiates throughout the foot. In some cases, the problem causing heel pain is so advanced that your feet hurt even when you are not standing up or walking. At this stage, you should seek immediate treatment to avoid a debilitating foot condition.
The Reasons for Heel Pain
If you’re experiencing heel pain, there is a good chance that it is caused by your footwear. Poorly made shoes put undue stress on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the feet when worn for long periods of time. A condition called plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, and it occurs when the large ligament under the foot (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed and sore. Calluses that form on the heels from wearing tight shoes could also be the cause for your discomfort.
How to Resolve Heel Pain
Your heel pain might be resolved with simple, conservative foot care measures. These are some of the treatment options you can explore with your Edison or Woodbridge foot doctor:
- Foot massage therapy and stretching exercises.
- Customized orthotics or comfortable orthopedic shoes.
- Padding for the heels.
- Evaluation of foot biomechanics.
- Continued application of ice and/or heat to calm inflammation and stimulate the healing of tissues.
Schedule a Foot Checkup Today!
If you’re tired of struggling with heel pain every day, have your feet checked by a foot doctor at Roche Podiatry Group today! Call (908) 753-0500 for Edison or (732) 636-8500 for Woodbridge.
Have you stopped working out or doing the things you enjoy because of heel pain? Foot doctors offer effective treatment methods that relieve your pain and get you back on your feet again. Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Roche treats heel pain and helps you care for your feet and ankles.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain may be due to:
- Fissures: Painful cracks in your heels can develop if your skin is very dry or you wear sandals or shoes that allow your feet to slide around when you walk. Changing your footwear and using moisturizers can be helpful. It's a good idea to visit your Edison or Woodbridge podiatrist if your fissures are deep or if you have diabetes.
- Fractures: Falls, jumps and vehicular accidents are common causes of heel fractures. Call your podiatrist you have severe pain, can't put any pressure on your heel, or if pain doesn't improve after a week of rest. If you have a fracture, you may notice that your heel is swollen, bruised or deformed.
- Plantar Fasciitis: An inflammation of your plantar fascia is a common cause of heel pain. The fascia, a tough band of connective tissue located on the bottom of your foot, connects your heel to your toes. You may be more likely to develop the condition if you're between 40 and 60, stand for long periods frequently, carry a little extra weight, have flat feet or high arches, or participate in a form of exercise that stresses the heels.
- Heel Spurs: Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the back or bottom of your heel. They frequently occur in people who have plantar fasciitis. Other risk factors include worn out or poorly fitting shoes, arthritis and gait problems.
How can a visit to the podiatrist help?
Your foot doctor can offer a variety of effective treatments, depending on the cause of your pain. Prescription orthotics, heel cups, crutches and walking boots can relieve pressure on your feet and facilitate healing. Your foot doctor may also recommend treatments that decrease pain and inflammation, such as prescription medications, corticosteroid injections or ultrasound therapy.
Are you suffering from heel pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Roche by calling (908) 753-0500 for the Edison, NJ, office or (732) 636-8500 for the Woodbridge, NJ office.
It’s easy to eliminate your heel pain. Find out how!
You woke up and immediately noticed that something was wrong with your foot. There is a sharp, stabbing pain in your heel that didn’t seem to be there yesterday. Of course, you are finding it difficult to move around yet you don’t want to nix your daily workout. Should you just ignore it? Our Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Roche, has the answer.
Why you may be inclined to ignore your pain, we are here to tell you that you should heed the warning. After all, your body doesn’t just produce pain without a reason. Whether you are on your feet day in and day out for work or you are a serious athlete, there are many lifestyle factors that could leave you prone to heel pain.
One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the sole of the foot and supports the arches. Of course, there are other problems that could be causing your heel pain including:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Sprains or strains
- Stress fracture
- A bone spur
How will you know if you have plantar fasciitis or not? The best way to tell is by coming in so our Woodbridge and Edison foot doctor can examine your foot and make a proper diagnosis. Of course, we know that many of our patients like to do their own research before coming in. While we don’t recommend ignoring your pain in the hopes that it will go away, it is a good idea to know what to be on the lookout for if you think you might have plantar fasciitis.
The most obvious symptom is heel pain. You may also notice that the pain radiates to the arches. The pain may be more of a shooting or stabbing pain that gets worse in the morning or after standing on your feet for long periods of time. You may find that the pain goes away the more you move around during the day, but will come right back later on in the day. While plantar fasciitis can often be quelled with rest, you should come in to see us so that we can determine if your heel pain is truly the result of plantar fasciitis or something else.
If you are dealing with persistent or severe heel pain it’s time to call Roche Podiatry Group, located in Woodbridge and Edison, NJ, to help you manage your pain. Call our office today if you are suffering from heel pain that just won’t quit.