Heel Pain Specialist

Nippon Medical Office

Medical Center located in Midtown East, New York, NY & Hartsdale, NY

If you’ve got terrible heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis. The heel pain can grow so serious that it makes walking or standing nearly impossible if you don’t get help. Fortunately, Innjea Park, DPM, and James Tachibana, DPM, are highly experienced New York podiatrists who are ready to help those in the East Midtown Manhattan and Hartsdale, New York, areas. At Nippon Medical Office, they use highly advanced technology to relieve even the most severe heel pain for good. Book an appointment online now or call the office to schedule a visit.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Plantar fasciitis is the leading reason for heel pain. This condition happens when you have damaged connective tissues in your foot. 

The big piece of the ligament that connects your heel and toes, the plantar fascia, gets highly inflamed and sustains many microtears. This can cause severe pain and may render you nearly unable to walk at times.

Other possible reasons for heel pain include heel spurs, small calcium deposits on the bottom of your heel, and Achilles tendinitis when you have an inflamed Achilles tendon.

What are the symptoms of heel pain?

The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is shooting or stabbing heel pain. Some patients also have a burning sensation in the heel. Many plantar fasciitis sufferers have the worst pain when taking their first steps of the day. 

Heel spurs don’t always cause pain, but if they do, you might experience sharp pain on the bottom of your heel. With Achilles tendinitis, the pain is often confined to the very back of the heel, where your Achilles tendon runs down into your foot.

What are the risk factors for heel pain?

While heel pain doesn't always have an obvious cause, most patients who develop this problem fall into one or more of the following risk groups: 

Age

Most patients who develop heel pain from plantar fasciitis are between 40 and 60. 

Athletics

If you're an athlete, you're more prone to plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis, especially if you run or do another exercise that puts stress on your heels.

Irregular foot construction

If you have flat feet or a high arch, your plantar fascia gets extra stress just because of your foot construction. This can lead to plantar fasciitis, especially if you have other risk factors as well.

Extra weight

Any extra weight increases your risk for plantar fasciitis. Obese patients have an especially high risk of developing this condition. 

Occupation-related foot strain

If your job requires standing for long periods, particularly if you're on hard surfaces, your risk for plantar fasciitis increases. 

Many patients who develop heel pain are in more than one risk group.

What is the treatment for heel pain?

As an expert podiatrist, Dr. Park and Dr. Tachibana know how to help with your heel pain. They perform ultrasounds to check for any abnormality or tear. 

If your ultrasound reveals that you don’t have plantar fasciitis, Dr. Park or Dr. Tachibana can give you corticosteroid injections for symptom relief. 

If you have plantar fasciitis, a heel spur, Achilles tendinitis, or another condition that causes heel pain, treatment options can include: 

  • Temporary arch pads followed by custom orthotics 
  • Cortisone shot for pain relief
  • Lifestyle adjustments, such as less standing, avoiding over-exercising, and weight loss
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to promote healing (Grand Central location)
  • Laser therapy to encourage natural plantar fascia regeneration (Grand Central location)
  • Therapeutic ultrasound to encourage healing starting from the first visit
  • Surgery for severe plantar fasciitis pain

You may need just one of these treatments, but many patients benefit from a combination approach. 

If you have terrible plantar fasciitis or other heel pain, get help now. Use online booking or call for an appointment today.