“Heel pain is a great imposter,” says Rock Positano, DPM, a doctor of podiatry and director of the Non-Surgical Foot and Ankle Service at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Of all the bones in the body, the heel bone has one of the largest blood supplies. With that heavy flow comes a higher risk of infection and other muscular problems. Dr. Positano’s research found that the majority of people with plantar heel pain had a plantar fascia tear. If you have a high arch, you’re more prone to this problem since you’ll place more force on the heel when you walk or run, he explains. Overuse can also up your risk.
|Dr. Rock Positano
You’ll experience PF-like pain, but you may also limp, notice swelling near the ankle, feel a “pop” in your foot with each step, or see bruising on the heel. Discomfort can last all day. Avoid stretching, which can worsen the tear, Positano says. A podiatrist may recommend a walking boot for shock absorption, a foot orthosis for support, or physical therapy techniques like extracorporeal pulse activation technology (EPAT) to boost circulation and speed healing.
Source: Cassie Shortsleeve, Furthermore [1/16/19]
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
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