Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

Park East Podiatry

Neil S. Zwiebel, DPM

Podiatrist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Heel pain can be excruciating, prevent you from walking properly, and impair your mobility. When your heel hurts, you can get relief fast from Dr. Neil Zwiebel at Park East Podiatry in New York, New York. If you’re a resident of or work in the New York City area, contact Dr. Zwiebel by calling his friendly team or booking an appointment online.

Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Why does my heel hurt?

Pain in your heel can be caused by a number of factors, but the most common cause is plantar fasciitis, with or without a heel spur. Some other common causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Stress fracture
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)

How does plantar fasciitis cause heel pain?

The plantar fascia is thick, connective tissue that covers the sole of your feet between the toes and heels. The plantar fascia supports your foot’s natural arch, and tightens when your foot bears weight.

Overuse or excessive stress on the fascia may irritate, inflame, and even tear the tissue. Plantar fasciitis pain feels like you’re being stabbed in the heel. The pain is often most excruciating in the morning, when you’re taking your first steps. You may also feel pain in the arch of your foot.

How do heel spurs cause heel pain?

Heel spurs are bony protrusions on the underside of your heel bone that are caused by excess calcium deposits. Often, heel spurs occur in tandem with plantar fasciitis.

Sometimes you may feel like you have a bony protrusion in your heel, but nothing is visible on X-ray. An invisible heel spur is referred to as heel-spur syndrome.

What are the risk factors for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs?

Tension and stress on the feet are the main culprits for both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. You may be more at risk if you are:

  • Overweight or obese
  • An athlete or a runner
  • Diabetic
  • Older
  • Wear ill-fitting shoes or sneakers
  • On your feet most of the day

You’re also at risk if you have:

  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Walking abnormalities
  • Frequent, short episodes of high physical activity

What’s the best treatment for heel pain?

The best first treatment for any foot pain is rest, ice, and using anti-inflammatory or corticosteroids to control pain and swelling. Dr. Zwiebel may design custom orthotics or splints to support your arch and foot. He also recommends physical therapy and at-home exercises to stretch and strengthen your foot.

If conservative remedies fail, Dr. Zwiebel may recommend:

  • Extracorporeal pulse-activated therapy (EPAT®) to reduce thickness of plantar fascia and decrease pain
  • Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections that stimulate healing and remodeling of tissue
  • Laser therapy to reduce pain and stimulate healing
  • Tenex Health® therapy that uses ultrasound energy and MicroTip scalpels to target and remove scar tissue
  • AmnioFix® injections of micronized amniotic tissue to reduce pain and inflammation

Heal your heel pain by contacting Dr. Zwiebel for a consultation and therapy. You can call Park East Podiatry or book an appointment online.