If you live around New York, odds are you’re using your feet quite a bit. And if every morning your heels howl out in pain as soon as you set them on the floor, that’s not great for your walking situation.
When you dread getting your heels out of bed in the morning, or starting to move around after a long period of inactivity, you might just have plantar fasciitis.
The good news is that plantar fasciitis can often be treated easily without a need for surgery. The key is in determining the factors contributing to your heel pain.
Treating Your Heel Pain
Treating the heel pain itself is one thing, but not addressing the root of the damage will make it more likely to come back. If you have tried one or two store-bought remedies only to not have them work, this is likely the reason.
Whenever you have heel pain that lasts for more than a few days, it’s time to give Brook Valley Podiatry a call. We will provide expert diagnosis and suggest the right treatments to fit your specific needs.
If the cause is plantar fasciitis, treatment suggestions might include one or more of the following:
- A change in shoes, or a prescription of custom orthotics to provide proper distribution of weight and pressure across the feet.
- A stretching program to reduce tension on the plantar fascia.
- Night braces to keep the plantar fascia flexed at night, resulting in less pain in the morning.
- Advanced treatments such as ultrasound or laser therapy to reduce pain and encourage accelerated healing.
Only in very rare cases might surgery be considered, and only if conservative methods don’t work.
Help for Your Heel Pain
At Brook Valley Podiatry, Dr. Stuart Birnbaum treats many patients with morning heel pain. If your heel hurts, we invite you to schedule an appointment at our Spring Valley office by dialing (845) 352-0757. If you prefer, our online contact form can also be used to reach out to us.