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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM
April 09, 2019
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Rarely a day goes by in my office when a patient doesn't ask me about why their heel hurts and what can be done about it. After an exam to locate the area of the foot that is most painful, I often take  x-rays right in my office to rule out serious conditions such as fractures or structural deformities. Once those have been ruled out, I find that the most common type of heel pain results from inflammation of the plantar fascia which is the ligament that supports the arch of your foot and runs from your toes to your heel. Patient's with this condition, referred to as plantar fasciitis, often tell me that the pain is worst first thing in the morning as they go to take that first step out of bed or after sitting for a period of time and then starting to walk  again. The good news is that this condition almost always responds to conservative treatment and surgery is rarely needed. Conservative treatment includes stretching the plantar fascia ligament, wearing proper fitting shoes that are supportive and sometimes adding orthotics to the patient's shoes to keep the foot aligned in the correct position. Sometimes a steroid injection to the most painful area relieves pain and often anti-inflammatory medications also help. More information on each of these conservative treatments coming soon.

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