Inflammation and irritation of the tough band of fibrous tissue on the bottoms of your feet (plantar fasciitis) is a common cause of heel pain. This structure (plantar fascia) supports your arch, connects your heel to your toes, and helps your foot function. It generally affects only one foot at a time but can occur in both.
Other causes of heel pain include tendon tears and arthritis, as well as:
Correctly diagnosing your heel pain requires a complete podiatric physical examination and careful review of your symptoms. This detailed evaluation may include diagnostic studies, such as X-rays, to analyze the bony structures of your foot.
Dr. Young also observes your gait and stance to determine if your heel pain is affected by or causing misalignment of your hips, knees, and ankles. She investigates your exercises habits, the type of shoes you wear, and medical conditions that may be contributing to your heel pain.
The right treatment for heel pain depends on the cause and is often related to how long you’ve experienced symptoms. Many treatment methods bring faster relief when the problem is new.
Dr. Young may recommend:
She may also suggest injections to relieve inflammation. Persistent issues may require surgical correction such as tarsal nerve release.
One minimally invasive surgical technique using the Koby Isogard® system takes 10 minutes to perform and requires only two stitches to close a very small surgical incision. It’s proven extremely effective in treating plantar fasciitis and certain tendon injuries.
Regardless of the nature of your heel issues, many effective treatments exist to relieve your symptoms. There’s no need to “live with” discomfort when Dr. Young can provide care that restores function as it resolves your pain.
We accept only PPO insurance plans. Below is a short-list of just some of the plans we accept. We also have a reasonable self pay option for services not covered by insurance. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed below.
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