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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
December 26, 2018
Category: Fractures

There are a variety of reasons that may cause pain in your heel. Whether it’s a stress fracture, injury, or poor circulation, determining the exact cause of heel pain can be quite challenging.

Here are the 3 common causes of heel pain:

  1. Plantar fasciitis—perhaps the most common cause of heel pain. This occurs when the plantar fascia (long band of connective tissue that runs along the heel to the toes) becomes overly-stretched, causing partial or complete tears. The damaged tissue can cause stabbing pain which disturbs your movement if it is not treated promptly.
  2. Achilles tendonitis—this occurs when the Achilles tendon is exposed to repetitive or intense strain. This weakens the tendon, making it more vulnerable to injury. This can cause severe pain and stiffness.
  3. Wrong footwear—ill-fitted shoes can lead to many foot and ankle problems including heel pain. They can create crowding of your toes and increase your risk of injury. Wear good shoes that provide the best fit, support, and comfort to your feet.

Tracking down the source of heel pain, especially in the early stages, can often resolve the pain and get you moving. However, if you are unsure of the cause of your pain, you should seek advice from your podiatrist.

If you have heel pain that persists more than two weeks or have trouble diagnosing the exact cause of your pain, call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, NY. Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Joseph Stuto diagnoses and treats a range of foot and ankle conditions such as toe deformities, diabetic foot, fungal infections, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Joseph Stuto provides the highest-quality podiatric medical care while staying abreast of all the newest trends in podiatry. For more information, you can browse through our extensive patient library online. Contact our offices conveniently located in Brooklyn: (718) 567-1403 (Brooklyn), or (718) 624-7537 (Brooklyn Heights).

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 02, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: Heel Pain   podiatrist   properly fitting   sports   heels  

As we age, the everyday wear and tear on our feet begins to build up and cause pain and injury. Some of this pain is relatively minor and can be cured with the use of over-the-counter medication. Not all pain is so easily dealt with though. Some pain hurts so much that it can cause a relatively healthy person to become immobile.  When this occurs, it is important to visit a podiatrist right away because the heel pain may be due to an underlying condition. While waiting for your next appointment, consider using some of these tips and tricks to help prevent the heel pain from flaring up even more severely.

•When it comes to heel pain, the right pair of properly fitting shoes can make a giant difference in your life. Shoes that fit well should have cushion, arch support and shock absorption capabilities and should not fit too tightly or too loosely. Sneakers tend to meet most of these requirements and can be a rather affordable way to help prevent your heel pain.

•Shoes get tired over time. Just like your favorite pair of jeans, your shoes also get old and worn out. Shoes should be replaced at least every 6 months if you use them on a regular basis. As they wear out, they are no longer able to provide you with the comfort and support you need to prevent heel pain.

•Prep and prime before you hit the gym or partake in sports. This should be done before and after exercise to be sure that your muscles are ready for the onslaught of activity.

•When you’re out on the field in your element, it can be easy to get carried away in the moment. Sometimes even professional athletes push themselves too hard and end up injured. Save yourself the heel pain and take it things in stride while you are out on the field.

•Your heels are constantly taking the brunt of your weight as you walk. If you are overweight, that means you are putting more strain on your heels. Consider dropping a few pounds to help your heels carry you farther without suffering from painful consequences.

Although there are many ways to prevent heel pain, sometimes it can still sneak up and get the better of you. If this happens it is time to see a podiatrist. Heel pain has many causes and only a trained podiatrist and his or her staff can help get to the bottom of the problem. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can educate you on heel pain and its many causes. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Suffering from heel pain? Heel pain can interfere with your day-to-day activities, particularly exercise. If treated quickly and properly, your heel painfoot will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Dr. Joseph Stuto in Brooklyn-Heights and Brooklyn, NY, offers state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn about the causes of heel pain. 

1. Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of pain on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the heel of the foot. Wearing shoes with poor arch support can result in plantar fasciitis as well. Common treatments for plantar fasciitis include night splints, stretching exercises, medications, walking casts and orthotic devices.

2. Achilles Tendinitis
Achilles tendinitis is the injury of the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. Symptoms include swelling, or pain, in the back of your heel. Walking or excessive exercise commonly causes this condition. If you think you may have Achilles tendinitis, you should visit a podiatrist in Brooklyn or Brooklyn-Heights. If your foot condition gets worse, your tendon can tear, so you may need medication, or surgery, to relieve the pain.

3. Heel Spur
Heel spurs are pointed bony outgrowths on the heel bone. Although heel spurs are often painless, they can cause heel discomfort. This can make it difficult to stand, walk, or run. Heel spurs are common among athletes and fitness enthusiasts whose activities include running and jumping. Common treatments for heel spurs include shoe recommendations, stretching exercises, physical therapy and orthotic devices.

4. Bursitis
Bursitis is inflammation of fluid sacs between your joints. Bursitis symptoms include pain and swelling. Overuse or injury to the joint can increase your risk of bursitis. Examples of high-risk activities include painting, skiing, gardening, carpentry, golf, raking, pitching, throwing, tennis and shoveling. Common treatments for this condition include resting the injured area, icing the area and taking anti-inflammatory medicines.

5. Stress Fractures
A stress fracture is severe bruising within a bone or a small crack in a bone. Most stress fractures are caused by repetitive activity and overuse. Stress fractures are common in runners and athletes who participate in running sports. The symptoms of stress fractures include pain and swelling. Its treatment includes wearing a brace or using crutches. Surgery, however, is sometimes necessary to ensure complete healing of some types of stress fractures. 

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By Joseph Stuto, DPM
September 16, 2016
Category: Podiatry Health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Many people suffer with heel pain at one time or another, but do not necessarily know how to deal with it. When you have heel pain, heel paindaily activities like walking can become difficult. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help. If you are in the Brooklyn, NY area and suffer with heel pain, Dr. Joseph Stuto, can diagnose the problem and develop a treatment plan for you.

Causes and Types of Heel Pain

Heel pain typically develops over time. It doesn’t usually occur suddenly like some other types of foot injuries, such as sprained ankles. Instead, heel pain develops gradually from repeated stress on the heel area of the foot. Stress can be caused from different types of exercise that involve a lot of pounding on the heel, like running or kickboxing. Even walking can strain the heel over time and lead to heel pain.

Two common types of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonosis, also called tendonitis. With plantar fasciitis, pain is felt on the bottom of the heel, whereas with achilles tendinitis, it is felt behind the heel. Plantar fasciitis can also lead to heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that build up on the bottom of the heel. If you have are experiencing any of these types of heel pain, your Brooklyn podiatrist can help.

Treating Heel Pain

There are a variety of treatment methods for dealing with heel pain, whether due to plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonosis or some other cause. According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, when you are experiencing heel pain it is often best to take break from the activities that lead to your injury. For instance, if you have developed pain in the back of your heel after running regularly, you might need to stop running for a while until your heel injury heals.

In addition to resting the heel, other treatment options can include icing the affected area, performing specific stretches, the use of orthotic foot supports or shoe inserts, and wearing properly fitted shoes with adequate support. Depending on the extent of the heel injury, physical therapy might be appropriate, as well. Your podiatrist might also prescribe medications to treat heel pain, such as anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids. Finally, in severe cases of heel injury, surgery is a possibility.

Whatever the cause, you do not have to continue suffering with heel pain. In the Brooklyn, NY area, call (718) 624-7537 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stuto and experience relief from your heel pain.

By Joseph Stuto, DPM
March 10, 2016
Category: Foot Injuries

If you've been dealing with ongoing heel pain, and methods like medication, exercise and shoe inserts have failed to bring relief, you foot painmay be a candidate for extracorporeal shockwave therapy at your Brookyln podiatrist's office. Here, you'll learn how Dr. Joseph Stuto uses this non-invasive treatment to treat patients with chronic heel pain at his Brooklyn, New York podiatry practice.

What is shockwave therapy?

Although the name might sound a bit threatening, this procedure is actually very safe and has few side effects associated with it. The shockwave therapy you receive from your Brooklyn podiatrist involves a period of focusing ultrasonic waves onto the heel, which helps improve blood flow and healing of the damaged inner tissues. This procedure is especially appealing to both podiatrists and patients because, unlike surgery, it requires no incisions or downtime.

What happens during shockwave therapy?

During a shockwave therapy session, which can last between 30 and 45 minutes, your Brooklyn podiatrist positions a hand-held instrument on the affected heel, which will be numbed with a local anesthetic first. The instrument emits high-pressure ultrasonic waves to both the soft tissue and bone, stimulating the healing process and strengthening the area. This is an in-office procedure and many patients report immediate pain relief.

How do I know if I need shockwave therapy?

Patients who have heel pain that lasts longer than six months without a response to conservative treatments are excellent candidates for shockwave therapy. This heel pain, described as a burning or aching sensation, is often worse in the morning or after a period of sitting and often sidelines runners and other athletes due to the discomfort. However, only your Brooklyn podiatrist will be able to determine if your heel pain warrants shockwave therapy.

If you've been dealing with heel pain, there are solutions at Dr. Joseph Stuto's podiatry practice in Brooklyn, New York. Call us to set up an appointment today!