When taking a step means dealing with disabling pain, it can become a challenge
to walk even the length of a room. Heel discomfort is a common problem
that can stem from many conditions. However, it is also a treatable issue.
If you suffer from heel pain, don’t wait another day to contact a
foot doctor. A podiatrist can identify the cause of your discomfort and determine
the appropriate course of action to treat it. Here’s a brief overview
of some of the common causes of heel pain.
Are you an athlete? Whether you compete at a professional or amateur level,
your athletic endeavors may be the
source of your heel pain. High-impact sports, including running, basketball, and football, can
put hundreds of pounds of pressure on your feet. When you perform at a
high level over an extended period of time, you may incur stress fractures
in your heel. Though small, these fractures can cause significant pain
and impede your athletic activities.
Arthritis is generally caused by a breakdown of the bone and cartilage
in the joints. However, it can also result from an accumulation of uric
acid. Uric acid has an inflammatory effect on the joints, and if it collects
in the lower foot area, it can cause heel pain. This condition, known
as gout, often results from the body trying to process meat products.
One of the most prevalent causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The
plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs the length of the foot. It
is responsible for the creation of the foot arch. Like other tissues,
though, the plantar fascia can develop inflammation. When it experiences
overuse from athletic activities, the plantar fascia can become swollen
and tender, which may result in heel pain.
Family Foot Center offers comprehensive foot and ankle pain relief for
those residing in the Whitestone, Queens, Bayside, and Flushing communities.
Dr. Stanley J. Zawada is a podiatrist with more than two decades of professional
experience who can help you move and walk again without pain.
For more information on our services, call (718) 878-4134.