Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico
Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Albuquerque, NM, Rio Rancho, NM, South Valley, NM, Edgewood, NM & Grants, NM
Your foot absorbs 60 tons of stress with every mile you walk, so it’s no surprise that heel pain is a common problem. The team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico diagnoses and treats all types of heel pain at their five convenient locations in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, South Valley, Edgewood, and Grants, New Mexico. If heel pain bothers you, call the nearest office or schedule an appointment online today.
Heel Pain Q & A
What causes heel pain?
The type of heel pain you experience depends on the specific cause of the problem. Some people have heel pain at the back of their heel, where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone. Others feel pain at the bottom of the heel, where the plantar fascia ligament connects to the bone.
The team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico treats many problems that cause heel pain, including:
- Plantar fasciitis, the leading cause of pain beneath the heel
- Achilles tendinitis
- Sprains and strains
- Heel spurs
In addition to heel pain, these conditions may cause swelling, stiffness, redness, and difficulty walking.
When should I see a podiatrist for heel pain?
Heel pain may go away on its own. If you continue to experience heel pain for 2-3 weeks, the team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico can help.
You should seek immediate medical care for heel pain that is severe, begins suddenly, or follows an injury.
How is heel pain diagnosed?
First, the team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico asks about your heel pain, including when it started, where it hurts most, and what makes it better or worse. They examine your foot, checking for tenderness and swelling.
Imaging tests, such as X-rays or ultrasounds, can help your doctor determine the cause of your heel pain and develop a treatment plan. For your convenience, all Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico locations have on-site imaging facilities.
How is heel pain treated?
The team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico customizes treatment to your specific needs and always begins with the most conservative approach. Depending on the cause of your heel pain, treatment may include:
- Stretching exercises
- Icing the foot
- Physical therapy
- Medications to reduce pain and inflammation
- Modifying activities
- Changing footwear
- Custom orthotics
- Wearing a splint or walking boot
- Padding, taping, or strapping the foot
- Steroid injections
Surgery may be necessary if your condition is severe or if you continue to experience heel pain after several months of conservative treatment. The team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico specializes in foot and ankle reconstruction surgery.
To find relief from heel pain, call Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Mexico or book an appointment online today.
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