Heel pain is a great imposter. Of all the bones in the body, the heel bone has one of the largest blood supplies. With that heavy flow comes a higher risk of infection, and other muscular problems. Our research at Advanced Podiatry has found that many of people with plantar heel pain have a plantar fascia tear. This diagnosis can be confirmed with MRI, or our diagnostic ultrasound. If you have a high arch, you are more prone to this problem since your place more force on the heel when you walk or run. Overuse can also up your risk.
You will experience plantar fasciitis like pain, but you may also limp, notice swelling near the ankle, feel a pop in your foot with each step, or see bruising on the heel. The discomfort can last all day. Avoid stretching which can worsen a tear. Our expert podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Manhasset, Huntington, Plainview, and Maspeth recommend a Walking Boot for shock absorption, Custom Foot Orthotics for support, or EPAT (Extracorporal Pulse Activation Technology) Shockwave treatment to improve circulation and speed healing.
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