Heel Pain Specialist

Heel pain can have a significant effect on your comfort throughout your daily routine. Dr. Glass specializes in techniques to diagnose the cause of heel pain and identify the best treatment for patients in and around Midtown Manhattan, New York.

Heel Pain Q & A

by Andrew R. Glass, DPM

What causes heel pain?

Most heel pain and discomfort is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue that travels across the bottom of the foot, from the area just behind the toes all the way to the heel. This condition is called plantar fasciitis. Sometimes, pain can occur as a result of injury to the plantar fascia, but more commonly, it occurs as a result of the natural aging process, heel spurs, arthritis, obesity, gout or other local or systemic issues. Sometimes, foot positioning when walking can also contribute to plantar fascia pain. Pain tends to be more prevalent first thing in the morning, or after a prolonged period of sitting or lying down.

How is heel pain treated?

Like many chronic conditions, heel pain is first managed conservatively, typically with orthotic inserts or devices to help gently stretch the foot, combined with oral medications and cortisone injections as needed. If obesity is a contributing factor, weight loss is also recommended. Dr. Glass can help you change your gait or stride when a gait irregularity is causing excessive strain on the bottom of your foot. When these conservative approaches fail to achieve meaningful relief, surgery may be required to release a portion of the plantar fascia, so inflammation is relieved, or to remove bone spurs when they're determined to be a contributing cause.

What can I do to prevent heel pain?

There are several steps you can take to avoid heel pain, including:

  • Do exercises to stretch the Achilles tendon at the back of your heel to prevent tightening that can strain the plantar fascia.
  • Wear shoes with adequate arch support.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Use a cushioning mat when required to stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Avoid slippers or going barefoot.

Major Insurances Plans Accepted

At New York Podiatric Medicine & Surgery P.C., we accept most insurance plans as full or partial payment. Patients are responsible for deductibles and coinsurances. Please contact our office if your insurance plan is not listed.

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Testimonials

Words from our patients

  • "Dr.Glass knew what he was talking about; and was willing to listen; answer questions and explain procedures. Not every Doctor will do that."

    Nina H.
  • " I returned to him recently for treatment again because my toes were jammed as a result of running the NYC marathon this year. Again, I found him to be excellent..."

    Sovanni B.
  • "Dr. Glass and staff are awesome. He took the time to show me my sons X-rays and explained every detail. Highly recommended."

    Tashana M.
  • 'Dr. Glass was very thorough in his examination of both my feet and the explanation of the surgical procedures he would use to correct my problems."

    Karen G.
  • "The pain I had for so many years is gone just after a few weeks of recovery from surgery. I would recommend anyone who is experiencing foot pain to schedule."

    Inez
  • "The experience in Dr. Glass's office is unmatched. . These guys are superb.. had a free cab to send me back home after surgery. . I'm just so grateful I found him."

    Anonymous
Location
NY Podiatric Medicine & Surgery P.C.
315 Madison Ave, #2301
Midtown Manhattan

New York, NY 10017
Phone: 646-844-2275
Fax: (212) 867-3845
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