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Heel Pain Specialist

Bryon Butts, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Performance Footcare, PC

Bryon Butts, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Heel pain is one of the most frequent causes of foot disability, most often due to a condition called plantar fasciitis, but potentially because of other problems such as fractures or tendinitis. If you have heel pain, Bryon Butts, DPM, of Performance Footcare PC in Midtown West Manhattan in New York can help. Dr. Butts and his team provide a range of effective, noninvasive therapies for heel pain. He is also a specialist in foot and ankle surgery should you require it. If your heels are hurting, call Performance Footcare today to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.

Heel Pain Q & A

How common is heel pain?

Heel pain is the most common problem Dr. Butts sees at Performance Footcare. Pain in the heel is widespread, affecting both active and inactive people. Some of the conditions that cause heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stress fracture of the heel
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bone spurs
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel pad bruise
  • Fat pad atrophy
  • Haglund's syndrome
  • Heel bursitis
  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

Heel pain is thought to affect over 2 million Americans each year and accounts for more visits to the doctor than any other foot condition.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can develop because of a variety of different factors ranging from simple mechanical issues to complex diseases, but the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tough band of fibrous tissue called the plantar fascia that runs from your heel to your toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot, so people who have problems such as flat feet or high arches are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.

Wearing unsupportive footwear when standing and walking on hard, flat surfaces puts excess strain on your plantar fascia and can also cause plantar fasciitis. 

This is often a problem for people whose job requires them to spend many hours on their feet. Obesity is also a factor in causing plantar fasciitis and delaying recovery.

How do I treat my heel pain?

Finding the precise cause of your heel pain is vital so that Dr. Butts can treat the problem effectively. Although heel pain is most often due to plantar fasciitis, there are other potential causes that require different treatment approaches. For this reason, it’s important to have an expert foot and ankle surgeon like Dr. Butts diagnose the exact cause.

Once he knows why you have heel pain, Dr. Butts can create a suitable treatment plan for you, which could include:

  • Rest
  • Use of ice packs
  • Taping the foot
  • Exercises
  • Physical therapies
  • Splints
  • Heel wedges or shoe orthotics
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Cortisone injections

Dr. Butts can also perform a minimally invasive form of surgery called Tenex for some causes of heel pain. The Tenex machine uses ultrasonic micro-cutting technology that removes scar tissue using ultrasound guidance to minimize damage to healthy soft tissues. The machine also extracts the tissue as it breaks down.  

Find out what’s causing your heel pain before it becomes a serious problem by calling Performance Footcare today, or book an appointment online.

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