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Heel Pain Treatment Albany

What is heel pain?

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis that causes pain in the bottom of your foot, particularly around your heel area. It happens when the thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia, which supports the arch of your foot, becomes irritated or inflamed.


Plantar Fascia

Imagine the plantar fascia as a rubber band that connects your heel bone to the front of your foot. When you walk, run, or stand, this band stretches and helps support the arch, acting like a shock absorber for your foot. However, if the band is overused or strained, small tears can develop in it, leading to pain and discomfort.The pain of plantar fasciitis is often worse in the morning when you take your first steps after getting out of bed or after sitting for a while. It might also be more noticeable after long periods of standing or physical activity.Factors that can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis include wearing improper footwear, having flat feet or high arches, being overweight, or engaging in activities that put a lot of stress on your feet, like running or dancing.

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Types of Heel Pain

Heel pain may also be one of the following which our team of podiatrists can help with. These include: 

Bursae are small fluid-filled sacs that help reduce friction between tissues. Inflammation of the bursa located near the heel can lead to pain and discomfort.

Stress Fractures

Tiny cracks in the bones of the foot, often caused by repetitive stress or overuse, can result in heel pain. These fractures are common in athletes and runners.

Sever's Disease

This is a common cause of heel pain in growing children and adolescents. It occurs when the growth plate in the heel becomes inflamed due to physical activity or sports.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, tarsal tunnel syndrome involves compression of a nerve in the foot, leading to pain, tingling, or numbness in the heel.

Nerve Entrapment

Sometimes, nerves in the foot can become compressed or trapped, causing pain in the heel or other parts of the foot.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This autoimmune condition can lead to inflammation and pain in various joints, including those in the feet, including the heels.

Heel Bone Fracture

A direct injury or trauma to the heel bone can cause a fracture, resulting in significant pain.


In rare cases, bacterial or fungal infections can cause heel pain, especially if there's an open sore or wound in the area.

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How can Advanced Podiatry help?

When it comes to heel pain, our podiatrists can play a crucial role in providing effective treatment and relief. Here’s how we can help with heel pain:
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Accurate Diagnosis

Podiatrists are trained to thoroughly examine your feet and assess your gait (how you walk) to pinpoint the exact cause of your heel pain. They will consider your medical history, lifestyle, and any relevant factors to determine the underlying issue.

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Customised Treatment Plan

Based on the diagnosis, our podiatrists can develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific condition and needs. This may involve a combination of therapies and interventions.

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Conservative Treatments

Our podiatrists often start with conservative treatments to manage heel pain. These can include stretching exercises, physical therapy, custom orthotic inserts, night splints, and footwear recommendations to reduce strain on the feet.

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In some cases, podiatrists may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications or pain relievers to help manage the pain and inflammation associated with heel conditions.

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Injection Therapies

Certain conditions like plantar fasciitis may benefit from corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and provide relief.

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Physical Therapy

Podiatrists can recommend specific exercises and stretches to strengthen and stabilise the muscles and tendons around the heel, promoting healing and preventing future problems.

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Strapping and Taping

Podiatrists may use taping or strapping techniques to support the affected area, reduce strain, and alleviate pain.

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Shockwave Therapy

This non-invasive treatment involves delivering controlled shockwaves to the affected area to stimulate healing and reduce pain.

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Custom Orthotics

Our podiatrists can design and provide custom-made orthotic devices that help distribute pressure more evenly across the foot and provide support to alleviate heel pain.

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Surgical Options

If conservative treatments do not provide relief, our podiatrists may explore surgical options. However, surgery is usually considered a last resort and is only recommended when other treatments have been unsuccessful.

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Education and Prevention

Our podiatrists can educate you about proper foot care and techniques to prevent future heel pain. They can advise you on footwear choices, appropriate exercises, and lifestyle modifications.

It’s important to note that an accurate diagnosis by one of our podiatrists is crucial to determine the exact cause of heel pain and to develop an appropriate treatment plan that is focused on your goals.

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Forefoot Pain

What is Forefoot Pain?

Forefoot pain is a type of pain that happens in the front part of your foot, specifically around the area where your toes are located. It can be exacerbated by weight bearing activity or even incorrect footwear. Some common causes are listed below:

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Common Causes of Forefoot Pain

Some common causes are listed below:
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If you use your feet a lot, like during long walks or standing for extended periods, the forefoot can become sore and painful.

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Ill-fitting shoes

Wearing shoes that are too tight or don′t provide enough support can put extra pressure on the forefoot, leading to pain.

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Sometimes, a specific injury like stubbing your toe, dropping something heavy on your foot, or twisting it the wrong way can cause forefoot pain.

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Conditions like bunions or hammertoes

These are foot deformities that can cause the toes to bend in uncomfortable ways, leading to pain in the forefoot area.

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Nerve problems

Sometimes, nerves in the foot can get compressed or irritated, causing pain in the forefoot.

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This is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints, and it can also affect the joints in the forefoot.

The pain can range from mild discomfort to severe pain, and it may be sharp, throbbing, or achy. Resting your feet, wearing comfortable and supportive shoes, and using ice or pain-relieving medications can often help with forefoot pain.

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How can Advanced Podiatry help?

Our podiatrists can help treat your forefoot pain in many ways. These include:

A podiatrist will start by asking you about your symptoms, medical history, and any recent activities that might have contributed to the pain. They will then examine your feet to identify the source of the pain and may order additional tests, such as X-rays or scans, to get a better look at the bones and joints.

Treatment Plan

Once the cause of the forefoot pain is determined, our podiatrists will create a personalised treatment plan tailored to your specific condition.

Footwear Recommendations

Our podiatrists can suggest appropriate shoes that provide proper support and cushioning for your feet. They may also recommend orthotic inserts to help alleviate pressure and correct any foot imbalances.


Over the counter or prescription pain medications, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs, can help reduce pain and inflammation in the forefoot area.

Physical Therapy

Our podiatrists might recommend specific exercises and stretches to strengthen the muscles in your feet and improve flexibility. This may help alleviate pain and prevent future issues.

Custom Orthotics

If your foot structure is contributing to the pain, our podiatrists may design custom orthotic inserts that fit inside your shoes. These inserts can help distribute pressure more evenly and provide better support.

Padding and Strapping

Our podiatrists may use special padding or strapping techniques to relieve pressure from specific areas of the forefoot, especially if you have conditions like bunions or hammertoes.


In some cases, corticosteroid injections might be used to reduce inflammation and provide temporary pain relief.

Footwear Modifications

If necessary, our podiatrists might recommend modifications to your shoes or provide guidance on lacing techniques to reduce pressure on certain areas of the foot.

Surgical Intervention

If conservative treatments don't provide relief, and the pain is due to a more severe condition like a deformity or structural issue, the podiatrist might discuss surgical options with you.

Remember, everyone’s situation is unique, and the treatment approach will depend on the underlying cause of your forefoot pain. It’s important to follow your podiatrist’s recommendations and keep follow-up appointments to ensure you are getting the results you need.

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