Are your heels sore in the morning? Are you ready to feel better? At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville NC, podiatrist Dr. Daniel Waldman understands the source of heel pain, and he can treat it. Board-certified in foot surgery, your foot doctor has helped scores of patients just like you find the relief they deserve.
What is causing my heel pain?
Your Asheville podiatrist hears this question all the time, and he can deliver an answer through a hands-on foot exam, X-rays, a sonogram as needed, and of course, listening to your symptoms. Dr. Waldman's most frequent diagnosis for heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the fibrous tissue between the toes and the heel.
How does this chronic condition arise? Often it comes from simple overuse--standing on your feet too much at work or engaging in a sport, such as running or volleyball. Also, an improper gait can overstretch the plantar fascia, causing pain with every step.
Finally, carrying too much bodyweight places excessive pressure on the soles of the feet and heels. Over time, the heel pain worsens unless you lose weight and get a customized treatment plan from your Asheville Podiatrist.
Surgery called plantar fascia release is an option for severe and intractable heel pain. Fortunately, Dr. Waldman is an expert podiatric surgeon who teaches foot surgery both nationally and internationally and uses the latest in minimal incision techniques.
However, the majority of people with heel pain do not require surgery of any kind. If this describes your condition, your treatment plan may include:
- Ice to sore, swollen areas of the foot
- Elevation of the foot
- Stretching exercises, particularly first thing in the morning
- Over the counter ibuprofen for pain and inflammation
- Customized shoe inserts (orthotics)
- MLS laser pain relief
- Proper running shoes with arch supports
MedicineNet says most patients with the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis do very well. Early diagnosis and careful management of symptoms is key to pain reduction and recovery of function.
Get back into life
Dr. Daniel Waldman is your caring podiatrist with a treatment plan which can help you resolve your heel pain. Contact Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, at (828) 254-5371 for an in-office consultation, or consult our website, blueridgefoot.com, for more information.