Heel Pain Cramping Your Lifestyle? Let Us Explain Why… And HOW To Feel Better!
If you have heel pain, you know how every step can cause throbbing and sharp sensations. Just the thought of getting up and moving to the next room can make you wince with anticipation. You may have even gotten help before, but found your pain returning – or worse, the help you got never really improved things at all. Don’t give up, Dr. Ross can help you. Before you call, consider the following:
Why It Takes An Experienced Foot Doctor To Determine The Cause Of Your Heel Pain
Here at The Podiatry Center located in Bethesda, MD, and Springfield, VA, we frequently encounter patients with painful heels. Unfortunately, they sometimes tell us that a less expert podiatrist has misidentified the underlying problem, wasting their time and money. Even worse, he or she has created more foot problems than they initially came in with. Dr. Ross’s years of experience have taught him to distinguish between the many causes of pain that can mimic one another, leading to confusion in less experienced podiatrists. Read the following list of common causes to understand why it’s so important to find the right foot doctor to treat your pain:
The ligaments running along the bottom of your foot that connect to your heel bone can’t endure repeated stress or strain without your body forming a protective bony growth we call a heel spur. These can cause tremendous pain that does not go away on its own.
This condition frequently occurs for the same reasons, but painful inflammation results when the ligaments begin to stretch and tear. Patients often encounter plantar fasciitis together with heel spurs. That’s why you should consult an expert Bethesda, MD, Podiatrist or Springfield, VA, Podiatrist who can tell the difference.
Complicating diagnoses still further, a soft tissue growth sometimes forms on the heel. We call this bursitis. Frequently a sac of fluid, or neuroma, constitutes the growth. Inexperienced podiatrists can mistake this for a heel spur.
If you have flat arches, then most likely your ankles sag. This affects your gait to the point of ligament strain in the foot. This causes painful inflammation and tenderness.
This condition creates pain at the back of the heel, rather than its underside, as a result of tearing the tendon. No wonder the pain is so sharp!
Striking something hard with your heel, such as furniture, a rock or a child’s toy, can bruise the heel bone and really ruin your next few weeks or months.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gout
Both of these conditions can cause pain in the heel and big toe, making them difficult to distinguish to an inexperienced podiatrist.
Getting The Right Help When You Need It Most
Nothing matters to us more at The Podiatry Center than stopping your pain as quick as possible! If your goal is to feel significant and lasting improvements from your suffering, you can count on Podiatrist Dr. Ross. He will listen very carefully when you explain the symptoms that have brought you to the office. He’ll use his expertise to distinguish between the many factors that your specific condition involves in order to make a correct diagnosis. He’ll explain the diagnostic tools he uses, the specifics of your problem, and your available treatment options. Taking your opinion into account, he’ll guide you to the very best solution to relieve your heel pain.
We are committed to earning the trust of our patients, profession and community. If you would like to know more, Podiatrist Dr. Paul Ross can start helping you in a few ways: