Heel Pain

Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Lee, NJ, Queens, Forest Hills, NY, Gramercy, New York, NY, & Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Heel pain can make it painful to exercise or even to perform everyday activities. The skilled orthopedic surgeons and podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC can find the cause of your heel pain and provide you with the best treatment. The team provides outstanding care of heel pain at their offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Forest Hills, New York, Gramercy, New York, New York, & East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York. To schedule an evaluation, call your nearest office or make an appointment online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Most of the time, ongoing pain in your heel is caused by an imbalance in the way you walk or run. When you have a gait imbalance — an unstable way of walking — your weight isn’t distributed evenly across your foot, leading to heel pain. For example, excessive pronation causes your foot to roll inward as you walk, putting excessive pressure on your heel. A gait imbalance can also create an overuse syndrome or injury, which also contributes to heel pain.

Some of the most common conditions associated with heel pain include:

Plantar fasciitis

This is an inflammation of the tendon that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to just behind your toes. Plantar fasciitis can often cause heel spurs to develop.

Heel spurs

A heel spur is a bony protrusion on the bottom of the heel bone.

Achilles tendinitis

This condition is an inflammation of the thick tendon that connects the back of your heel to the calf muscle.

Running, jogging, and wearing shoes that don’t fit can contribute to a gait imbalance and make your heel pain worse. Heel pain can also be caused by arthritis, nerve damage, or diabetes.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

The experts at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC do a thorough foot evaluation to discover the cause of your foot pain. This includes a physical exam, a review of your health history, and X-rays. When your assessment is finished, your caring podiatrist will discuss the results with you and create a customized treatment plan to address the root cause of your pain.

How is heel pain treated?

The team at the Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC typically begins with conservative therapies to ease or eliminate your pain and address the cause of your condition. Your treatment plan can include:

  • Rest, elevation, and ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Exercises and stretches
  • Custom orthotics
  • Laser therapy

Most of the time, heel pain can be eliminated by this type of approach, but sometimes surgery is the best option. The surgical team at the Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC has the training and expertise to offer permanent relief from heel pain should your condition require surgery.

If you’re seeking help for ongoing heel pain, don’t hesitate to call the nearest Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC or schedule an appointment online today.