Heel Pain: A Common Problem with a Fast Solution

"Hi, I’m Dr. Danciger from Palm Desert, CA. Today I wanted to tell you about the most common problem we see in our office these days – heel pain. Specifically heel pain caused from the enlargement and stretching of the ligament called the plantar fascia and the muscles around the heel. A common myth is that if you have a heel spur, that causes the pain. Heel spurs do not cause pain, they are a sign or indication that you’ve endured too much stress to the heel, and nature’s way to protect it is to build more bone on the bottom of the heel to lengthen the ligament, and that’s a heel spur.

Most people who develop pain in the bottom of the heel are experiencing plantar fasciitis. The ligament is too short, causing a constant pulling which results in inflammation, irritation, and enlargement. When you first step down after you’ve been off your foot and resting, you’ll get sharp pain in the bottom of the heel which can ease up over time. This happens because, as you’re on your foot, the plantar fascia, which is like a tight rubber band, is constantly stretching, causing increased blood flow to the area, making it warmer and more elastic, which decreases the pain. When you get off your foot again, sit down, and then stand back up, the entire process starts again. The same thing happens when you go to sleep – causing that sharp, stabbing pain in the morning.

This is a very common problem, there’s no sense or reason that you have to suffer with it! Come in, call our office, and we can take care of this. It’s very rare that surgery is needed for this condition, and we can get you back on your feet quickly and pain-free."

Dr. Harvey Danciger
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Dr. Harvey Danciger is a podiatrist and foot surgeon in Palm Desert, CA specializing in the foot and ankle