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Heel Pain Specialist

Ideal Foot Care

Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Astoria, NY

Heel pain is among the most common foot problems, affecting nearly two million Americans. There are a host of reasons why you might have heel pain, which is why it’s important to see Albert Samandarov, DPM, of Ideal Foot Care in Queens, New York. The practice diagnoses your condition and provides advanced treatment options, including platelet-rich plasma and shock wave therapy. Call the Astoria office today, or schedule a consultation online.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Since every mile you walk puts 60 tons of stress on each foot, it’s no surprise heel pain is extremely common. Heel pain is generally caused by placing undue stress on your heel, either with repetitive motion over time or a one-time injury.

You may experience pain underneath your heel, in your heel, or behind your heel. Pain underneath your heel is usually due to plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation in the tissue connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes. The condition causes aching, burning, or stabbing pain in the heel of the foot.

Heel spurs

Heel spurs are bony overgrowths that form on the underside of the heel bone after repeated wear and tear. These overgrowths are common in runners, among others.

Pain behind your heel is typically due to Achilles tendonitis, an inflammation of the tendon running behind your ankle, or heel bursitis, a fluid-filled growth.

How do I know what is causing my heel pain?

When you visit Ideal Foot Care, you’ll want to tell your doctor the exact source of your pain, when it happens, and what conditions make it worse. Here are some questions your doctor may ask:

  • Is the pain worse when you rest or stand up?
  • Does the pain intensify when you run or workout?
  • Has the pain gradually worsened over a period of months?

Your doctor at Ideal Foot Care conducts a physical examination of your foot and often recommends X-rays to determine the cause of your heel pain. Based on your diagnosis, they recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

How is heel pain treated?

Your treatment plan is tailored to the severity of your condition, and may include:

  • Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP): uses regenerative factors in your blood, which are treated and injected into your heel for a rapid healing response in 1-2 weeks
  • Anti-inflammatory medications: manage pain and inflammation
  • Corticosteroids: applied as a topical cream or injected directly into the inflammation
  • Physical therapy: stretches and strengthens the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon
  • Splints: worn overnight to hold your heel in an appropriate position
  • Orthotics: insoles and assistive devices to cushion and cradle the arch of your foot during the healing process
  • Shock wave therapy: uses concentrated sound waves to promote healing

If all other forms of treatment haven’t relieved your pain, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to help restore your quality of life. The most common surgery for heel pain involves detaching the plantar fascia from your heel bone.