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NYC, Welcome To Weil Poditary Of New York!

Heel PainI’m so glad to be  part of this group, an affilate of Weil Foot and Ankle USA under Dr. Lowell Scott Weil Jr.

Spring is upon us! New Yorkers are avid walkers as we walk blocks to our destinations and run up and down stairs to the subway and buses. As the weather has improved, we are out and about in our local parks , running the kids to and from their afterschool activities and enjoying all that NYC has to offer.

We are getting our bodies ready for summer. We are reducing our risk for diabetes and hypertension. We are at our local gyms taking Zumba, kickboxing and cross fit. We are beginning walking programs. We are running for local events.

Unfortunately, we are having pain in our heels. Ouch!!!!

Plantar Fasciitis is that annoying pain in the bottom of our feet, particularly in the heels, that grabs us when we get out of bed in the morning or get up from a rested or seated position.  Oh, it starts out slowly, and we think we just have a heel bruise that will go away, but a month or two later we realize not only has it not gone away, your heel pain has actually gotten slightly worse.  Now we are limping a bit in the morning and have cut back on exercise, which is annoying, because we know how important exercise is for our overall health.

But why do those things cause heel pain?  Heel pain/plantar fasciitis is most frequently caused from tight calf muscles and heel cords.  We get tight calf muscles for several reasons.  One reason is that as we get older, we inevitably get less flexible.  Another reason is that we rarely stretch regularly, even those of us who do yoga or pilates. The tight pull of the calf muscles and heel cords causes stress to the plantar fascia, a tissue on the bottom of the foot that connects to the heel bone.  This irritation to the plantar fascia may cause very small tears that result in pain and swelling. When our calf muscles are too tight and we increase our activities, this all results.  Soft surfaces such as grass or sand make heel pain/plantar fasciitis worse by causing our heels to sink downward and putting more stress on the tissues.  To some degree sandals, flip-flops, and bare feet do the same thing and do not provide much support.

So how do you get better?

There are some easy steps you can take to alleviate your heel pain and prevent it from worsening.

Wear shoes that give more support.  A running shoe will provide excellent support and slightly raise the heel to relax the calf muscle.  Wearing shoes with a slight heel can really help.  Look for something that has 1-1.5 inches of heel.

Avoid bare feet, slippers, sandals and flats…until your condition gets better.  There are some good sandals, here, that have support that you may want to try out. There are also arch supports (Orthoheel and Powerstep) that can be purchased on line that are better than what is offered in the pharmacy.

Increase your stretching. Start stretching your calf muscle 3-4 times a day.

Use conservative treatment to alleviate symptoms. Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines (Ibuprofen, Aleve, etc.) as directed on the bottle consistently for a week or so (if their are no medical reasons that your doctor has given you to avoid it).  Putting ice on the area for ten minutes at a time, once or twice a day, will also help.

So what happens if your heel pain persists?

If your pain does not subside within a week or two, you face the possibility of having a chronic problem.  That is where physicians from the Weil Foot & Ankle Institute come in.  Physicians at the Weil Podaitry of New York are renowned for their treatment of heel pain.  Weil Podiatry of New York physicians have pioneered non-invasive and minimally invasive treatments for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. (See treatment options here and here).  We can create a specialized treatment regimen to meet your daily needs and successfully rid you of heel pain.

Don’t let heel pain limit your activities. Don’t let heel pain prevent you from getting in better shape. Don’t let heel pain from wearing your sandals.

Walk strong!!!

Kordai I. DeCoteau, DPM, FACFAS

Weil Podiatry of New York

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