Heel pain has a way of hijacking your life, making every step a teeth-gritting endeavor. To regain the freedom of pain-free movement, Karyn Goldberg, DPM, at Goldberg Podiatry Center, LLC, offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of the many conditions that can lead to heel pain. If you’re in Livingston, New Jersey, and you’re suffering from heel pain, take the first step toward relief by calling to scheduling an appointment.
There are many causes of heel pain, but most cases are due to:
Of this list, plantar fasciitis is the most common culprit behind heel pain.
When you see Dr. Goldberg, she first asks you about your symptoms, which can reveal a wealth of information about the cause of your heel pain. For example, the location of your heel pain (underneath or at the back) narrows the possibilities considerably.
The nature of your pain is also key to identifying the source of your problem. With plantar fasciitis, for example, the hallmark of the condition is searing pain in your heel when you take your first steps in the morning or after a period of inactivity. This telltale symptom guides Dr. Goldberg toward a definitive diagnosis.
To confirm her diagnosis, she performs a physical examination. Dr. Goldberg may order some advanced imaging, such as X-rays or MRIs, to get a closer look at what’s going on inside your heel.
This is a difficult question to answer since it depends upon your diagnosis. Dr. Goldberg’s first goal is to relieve your pain, which can usually be accomplished through anti-inflammatory medications, as well as corticosteroid injections if necessary.
From there, she goes on to mitigate the source of your heel pain for a longer-term solution. Dr. Goldberg may recommend padding or orthotics to help take the pressure off of your heel, as well as some simple therapeutic exercises to gently stretch your soft tissue.
These remedies are for degenerative or stress conditions such as plantar fasciitis, but for trauma or fractures, Dr. Goldberg may recommend a walking boot to allow time for your hard tissue to heal.
In less common cases, you may need a surgical solution to repair a tendon or remove a particularly problematic bone spur. However, most heel pain can be treated without surgery.
If you’re suffering from heel pain, contact Goldberg Podiatry Center, LLC to get on the road to relief by calling the office to set up an appointment.