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Heel Pain

Michael  J. Brunetti, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Michael J. Brunetti, DPM

Podiatrist & Sports Medicine Specialist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

For every mile you walk, your feet endure 60 tons of stress. While your heel is designed to handle the heavy load, overexertion and stress-related injuries can cause heel pain. Fortunately, Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, and his team offer effective non-operative treatments for heel pain on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Before your heel pain can interfere with your essential, everyday activities, call the office or request an appointment online today. Remember, your feet are your foundation!

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Your heel absorbs the impact of your body weight when undertaking any form of physical exertion or weight-bearing exercise. Heel pain results from small, repetitive injuries that occur at a rate faster than your body can heal them.


What causes heel pain?

It’s crucial to schedule an appointment at Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, if you experience heel or arch pain because there could be several reasons for your discomfort. The most common include:

Plantar Fasciitis 

Sometimes mistaken for heel spurs, plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis results from inflammation in the band that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. This condition results from extensive running, walking, or standing, as well as changes in surfaces, poor shoe support, obesity, or overuse.

Heel bursitis

You have a fluid-filled fibrous sac called the bursa under your heel bone. Inflammation due to a fall causes a condition known as heel bursitis. Heel bursitis is associated with heel pain that’s more near the center of your heel, rather than the pain experienced with plantar fasciitis.

Pain behind your heel

Pain behind your heel often indicates inflammation in the area where your Achilles tendon meets your heel bone. This type of heel pain results from too much running and from wearing shoes that either cut or rub into the back of your heel.

Pain behind your heel builds over time and often gets accompanied by thick, red, swollen skin, or a tender, warm-feeling bump on the back of your heel.


How is heel pain diagnosed?

To learn more about your heel pain, Dr. Brunetti reviews your medical history and does a full physical examination of your foot and ankle.


How is heel pain treated?

Treatment depends on the cause of your heel pain. Some of the recommendations Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, offers to relieve heel pain include:

  • One-on-one, hands-on physical therapy
    • Massage
    • Manual therapy
    • Therapeutic exercises
    • Balancing exercises
    • Cold laser therapy
  • Stretching
  • Neuromuscular reeducation 
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Custom orthotics (for arch pain and adolescent heel pain)
  • Low-dye taping

If heel pain is causing you discomfort, call Michael J. Brunetti, DPM, PC, or request an appointment online today.