Your heel is like a lightning rod for foot pain, because it takes the brunt of impact when you walk, run, jump, etc. Our foot doctor in Richmond Hill, Dr. Barry J. Rosen, will diagnose and treat your heel pain. Always get the help of our specialist for foot-related problems.
There are two major type of heel pain: plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. They can occur either separately or together. The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. It can become inflamed an develop small tears. Heel spurs, on the other hand, are the result of calcium deposits on the underside of your foot that causes protrusion of bony tissue. How can you prevent heel pain? The biggest risk factors are spending a lot of time on your feet, which is something you may not be able to help; and wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, which you can change. Flat feet, high arches, having diabetes, and being overweight are also things that contribute to potential heel pain. Certainly, it is a good idea to have comfortable and supportive footwear, and to achieve a more ideal body weight if that is applicable. Of course, once you actually do have heel pain, you need our foot doctor in Richmond Hill to address it. In mild to moderate cases, you can simply benefit from the use of orthotics (shoe inserts). Stretching exercises and physical therapy are sometimes necessary, and you may find that anti-inflammatory medication is helpful in reducing swelling and easing the level of pain. Surgery is a last resort, typically done only for cases that do not respond to the above methods or where there is chronic recurrence.
Come see our foot doctor in Richmond Hill and make heel pain a distant memory. Contact our office so that we can schedule an appointment for you to come in.