Akerman Carol A DPM

Podiatric Medicine and Podiatric Surgeon

If your heel pain continues, limit your daily activities and seek care with us. We will examine the area and perform diagnostic X-rays. Treatment is available such as oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medication, stretching, exercises and foot supports. Physical therapy and surgery may be needed.

Heel Spurs

One of the main causes of heel pain is a heel spur.  It is a bony growth on the underside of the heel bone. They result from strain on your muscles and ligaments of the foot by stretching of the long band of fibrous connective tissue, the plantar fascia.

 

It is visible by X-ray and appears as a protrusion that can extend forward as much as half an inch.  The condition is often called “heel spur syndrome”.

Heel pain and heel spurs are associated with an inflammation (plantar fasciitis) of the band of fibrous connective tissue.

Surgery is also available. Make an appointment or call for more information at:

Foot massage

It is generally the result of faulty biomechanics that place stress on the heel bone and soft tissues that are attached. It can also occur from injury that occurs while walking, running or jumping on hard surfaces, poor foot wear or being overweight.

internal shot of  the foot showing the bones

Plantar Fasciitis

Medical Care

Prevention

• Wear shoes that fit well with

  shock absorbent soles, rigid

  shanks and supportive heel  

  counters.

• Avoid shoes with excessive

  wear on heels

• Warm up and stretch before    exercising

• Lose weight if obese

Heel Pain?

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