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When you are suffering from heel pain in Needham, MA, you can count on Dr. Michael Mitry, a board-certified podiatrist and member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and Dr. Christopher Karter of Advanced Podiatry of Needham. His full service practice is equipped to treat a variety of conditions from the simplest to the most complex surgeries.
Heel pain in Needham, MA can be caused by more than one condition. All of them, however, are treatable. You just need to get in to see a podiatrist for a diagnosis. For most people, the pain starts small and gets increasingly severe. In 2/3 of cases, it is only in one heel.
Plantar fasciitis regularly causes heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thin ligament that supports the arch of the foot. This ligament runs along the bottom of the foot. It takes a lot of stress from running or just walking and when it becomes irritated it can cause severe pain. This condition affects more than 2 million people every year and is often caused by an increase in normal activity or repetitious activities. Most people can recover from this without surgery by resting, changing their activities, doing stretch exercises, getting physical therapy, using ice and getting custom orthotics. For 10%, this won't be enough and surgery will be required.
A heel spur is a bony growth of calcium that accumulates on the bottom of the heel. The spurs are often pointy and headed toward the arch of the foot and the plantar fascia. Your podiatrist may want to take an x-ray to make sure exactly what is going on in your heel. Pain in the heel may be caused by a heel spur, but some people don't have any pain from them. Being overweight, female and aging are some of the common reasons for developing them. To help with the pain, use ice, rest, take anti-inflammatory medication, receive steroid shots and custom orthotics. If nothing helps, surgery may be the only option.
The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle with the back of the heel bone. The inflammation is usually caused by over use and can be very painful. The tendonitis responds to ice, rest, stretching exercises, NSAIDs, cortisone shots and custom orthotics. It is a more serious condition if the tendon ruptures.
Contact Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham when you are suffering from heel pain in Needham, MA. You can reach us on the phone at (781) 444-4044 or use the form on our website. Don't suffer another day. Let us help you have a pain-free heel.
Is your heel so painful in the morning you hesitate to take a step? You may have plantar fasciitis, a common inflammatory condition related to overuse, improper gait and other factors. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, your foot doctors, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, analyze heel pain and suggest ways to eliminate it.
It may be plantar fasciitis
Your Needham foot doctors see many adult patients with plantar fasciitis and its related heel spur syndrome. Plantar fasciitis comes from inflammation of the connective tissue located between the heel and the toes. A heel spur, or small calcified bump, may project from the front of the heel bone itself.
The plantar fascia spans the arch of the foot, and when overstretched due to sports (running), standing for prolonged periods of time or rolling the foot inward (overpronation), it becomes inflamed and very tender. After you sleep or sit, the pain is worse, but with gentle activity, it diminishes, only to return hours later.
See your podiatrist
For persistent heel pain, contact Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter for an in-office foot exam. They'll want to look at your foot, how you place it when you walk and at your strength, range of motion and reflexes. Digital imaging will show any bone spurs and rules out problems such as stress fractures.
To treat plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may advise some of the following:
- Simple rest or modification of your training program if you are an athlete
- Well-constructed footwear with low heels and support in the arches
- Ibuprofen for pain
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy
- Shoe inserts to balance your gait
- Night splints to support the foot or a walking cast during the day
Few people require surgery for plantar fasciitis, but if your symptoms persist beyond six to eight weeks, your podiatrist may consider it.
Other reasons for heel pain
Stone bruises may cause heel pain as can arthritis and bursitis. Simply carrying too much bodyweight may flatten your arches excessively and inflame the connective tissue or even lead to stress fractures. So, keeping a healthy weight is important to your overall and podiatric health.
Stay on your feet
You can manage heel pain. So, don't suffer. Call Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, your foot doctors in Needham, MA. You'll receive the best in patient-centered care. Phone Advanced Podiatry of Needham at (781) 444-4044.
How your podiatrists in Needham, MA, can help with heel pain
Heel pain isn’t just annoying—it can also temporarily disable you and prevent you from enjoying your life. If you are suffering from heel pain, chances are that you are wondering what is causing it and what you can do to treat it. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham offer heel pain treatments to get you on your feet again!
Possible heel pain causes
Heel pain can be caused by wearing unsupportive, narrow shoes. When you carry extra weight or are pregnant, it also puts more stress on your feet which can lead to increased heel pain. You may also be genetically predisposed to heel pain because of flat feet. Diabetes and certain other medical conditions can also lead to this common foot condition.
One of the most common reasons for heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Involving the thick band of tissue running across your heel is known as the plantar fascia, plantar fasciitis occurs when this body part becomes inflamed. While the above-listed factors can certainly contribute to plantar fasciitis, you are also at risk if you walk or stand on hard surfaces for extended lengths of time.
Heel pain treatment options
If you are suffering from heel pain, you can try:
- Icing your heel several times each day
- Elevating your feet to take the weight off of them
- Taking anti-inflammatory or pain medication like ibuprofen or Tylenol
For stubborn cases of heel pain, seek out the help of your podiatrist. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham your podiatrist may recommend:
- Night splints, inserts, or orthotics
- Stretching and physical therapy
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
- Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy (RSWT)
Give us a call!
Don’t suffer from heel pain—let your podiatrists help by calling Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham. Dial (781) 444-4044 today to set up an appointment!