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Heel Pain Treatment in New Jersey

The human foot is anatomically complex, with 33 joints, 26 bones, and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Of all the bones in your feet, the heel bones are the largest and withstand a lot of pressure as you stand and move. Heel pain can be disabling and its causes vary. A qualified podiatrist is the best physician to diagnose persistent heel pain, as it could originate from any number of problems, like heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, or something else.

At Curalta Foot & Ankle, patients rely on our highly qualified New Jersey podiatrists to diagnose the cause of their heel pain so they can find a reliable course of treatment. Our experienced doctors will perform a complete diagnostic workup, starting with the initial full comprehensive evaluation with biomechanical and gait analysis and in-house X-rays. Your doctor will also ask you when you first noticed the symptoms, and what makes the symptoms worse, they will ask you to describe the pain, and you will be asked to provide a complete medical history.

If heel pain cannot be controlled with over-the-counter medications and rest, please consider reaching out to one of the Curalta Foot & Ankle offices by dialing 888-777-1430 to schedule an appointment with a heel pain specialist in New Jersey.

Potential Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain can stem from any variety of causes, but it is generally the result of faulty biomechanics or a musculoskeletal condition. What this means is that too much stress is placed on the heel bones as well as their attached soft tissues. Stress may also be caused by injuries, bruises, wearing poorly constructed footwear, or being overweight.

Common heel pain causes include:

  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Flat foot
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Inflamed bursa (bursitis)
  • Bone bruise or contusion

When to Visit a Podiatrist

You should consider seeing a podiatrist if you have sharp, intense pain in one or both heels, particularly with the first step you take in the morning or when you first stand up after a period of inactivity. These are indications that over-the-counter medication and rest likely will not be sufficient to address the problem and you will need the care of a specialist to get to the bottom of what is causing your heel pain so it can be addressed properly.

Treatment may include prescription medications, steroid injections, or recommendations for custom foot orthoses. Usually, symptoms improve with nonsurgical, conservative treatments such as these, but surgery may be recommended if these treatments fail, but only in rare circumstances.

Are you experiencing severe heel pain? Don’t let it bother you for one more step. Contact our heel pain podiatrists at Curalta Foot & Ankle by calling 888-777-1430 today to book an appointment.

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