Heel Pain - Podiatrist in Hudson Valley, Ulster, Orange and Dutchess County, NY
Dr. Tracey Toback discusses the symptoms, causes and treatments for heel pain (plantar fasciitis).http://www.tobackpodiatry.com
The heel bone (calcaneus) is the largest bone in the foot. This strong bone supports the body's total weight and is responsible for absorbing the daily stress placed on the feet, making it susceptible to various heel pain and disorders.
Heel pain is also associated with an important ligament of the foot called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is attached to the bottom of the heel and extends up to the toes to create and support the arch of the foot. Should the arch flatten due to stress, the plantar fascia stretches beyond its limit (sometimes tearing or rupturing) and pulls on the heel, causing great discomfort or a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
Patients with heel pain often describe the pain as “stepping on a spur or thorn, thus the name heel spur. X-rays