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By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
January 24, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

If you’re having trouble getting your heel pain under control we are here to help.

Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems that people face today. In fact, 2 million Americans end up annually seeking treatment for heel pain, according to an article in the Washington Post. So, what’s causing your heel pain and keeping you from enjoying your morning run? Read on to find out, and contact the White Plains, NY, office of podiatrist Dr. Eric Peters to find definitive answers.

It could be plantar fasciitis….

In many cases, heel pain is the result of an overuse condition known as plantar fasciitis. This occurs when microtears and inflammation develop within the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs from the toes under the soles of the feet to the heel bone.

Plantar fasciitis is characterized as:

  • A stabbing, shocking pain under the heel
  • Heel pain that is worse in the morning or after periods of rest
  • Heel stiffness
  • Pain that radiates to the arches
  • Pain that may ease up with exercise, but becomes worse afterward

But it could also be something else…

While plantar fasciitis usually causes heel pain it isn’t the only cause. So if you’ve never been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis before, or if this is your first time dealing with heel pain, it’s a good idea to schedule an evaluation with our White Plains, NY, foot doctor. Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Certain types of arthritis

How is heel pain treated?

If symptoms are minor, you may choose to give your feet the ample rest they need, along with icing the heel, and taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, which can reduce pain and swelling. However, you shouldn’t hesitate to call your podiatrist if:

  • You are dealing with severe heel pain
  • You can’t put weight on the foot or you have trouble walking
  • There is severe swelling in the heel
  • The heel pain is sudden or occurs after an injury

For those dealing with severe or recurring heel pain, our podiatrist and his expert team can provide you with corticosteroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, orthotics, and surgery to help you get your stubborn heel pain under control.

Need relief? Give us a call

If you are dealing with heel pain, then it’s time you found relief. Call the White Plains, NY, podiatry office of Dr. Eric Peters today at (914) 285-4444.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
November 28, 2018
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain often begins simply as a nagging annoyance and, if left untreated, can evolve into something more debilitating, creating issues walking, standing, and undergoing your daily tasks. However, your podiatrist can help you get to the bottom of your heel pain to get back on your feet and ensure that you live your life pain-free. Learn more about your options for treating your heel pain such as radial shock wave therapy with Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, NY.

What causes heel pain? 
Some common causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Injury
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Stress fracture
  • Overuse
  • Strain
  • Arthritis

What is radial shock wave therapy? 
Radial shock wave therapy uses radial shock waves to transfer energy into the body via the skin. The machine has a wand which concentrates these energy-producing waves into a low-intensity application when directed at the affected part of the body. The shock waves pulse into the tissue and stimulate the body’s natural healing process, allowing it to begin healing itself faster and more efficiently. The shock waves also break up existing scar tissue to help take pressure off of surrounding nerves and help the area feel less painful.

Radial Shock Wave Therapy in White Plains, NY
Radial shock wave therapy is a non-invasive procedure with no need for needles or incisions. The treatment lasts only minutes and is administered several times over the course of a few weeks to achieve the best results. You may feel some discomfort during treatment, but most patients report that this goes away on its own just after the procedure.

If your heel pain has begun to affect your daily life, you should consult with your podiatrist to determine if radial shock wave therapy is right for you.

For more information on heel pain or radial shock wave therapy, please contact Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, NY. Call 914-285-4444 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Peters today!

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
November 27, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Are you dealing with chronic or severe heel pain due to plantar fasciitis?heel pain

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory foot condition that can happen to anyone. Whether you are an athlete, someone who has just started a workout regimen or you are on your feet all day for work, there are many situations in which plantar fasciitis can set in. Our White Plains, NY, podiatrist Dr. Eric Peters is here to tell you more about this foot condition and when to consider Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT).

What is plantar fasciitis?

This condition is the most common cause of heel pain. Named after the plantar fascia, the tissue that runs the length of your foot, this ailment results in inflammation and even microtears within the tissue. Along with heel pain, you may notice that the arches of the affected foot are also achy and sore.

How is heel pain treated? Should I get Radial Shock Wave Therapy?

There are a variety of different treatment options available for someone dealing with heel pain, from taking pain relievers to splinting the foot or wearing custom orthotics in your shoes. Of course, there are some instances in which these simple measures just aren’t enough. When this happens it’s important that you turn to our White Plains, NY, foot doctor for care. You may want to consider if you have severe heel pain, if heel pain isn’t responding to other treatments or if you’ve had chronic heel pain.

How does Radial Shock Wave Therapy work?

First and foremost, you will need to come in for a consultation where we will make sure that plantar fasciitis is truly the cause of your heel pain and that something else isn’t the problem. From there we will be able to determine whether Radial Shock Wave Therapy is the best approach.

During your treatment, we will pinpoint the exact areas of pain and then direct a handheld device over the area. This device will send shockwaves through the heel to create microtears within the tissue to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. In most cases, you will need to go through multiple sessions over the course of several weeks but the improvement you experience could be instant.

If you want to find out if Radial Shock Wave Therapy is the best approach for treating your heel pain then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with us. Call our White Plains, NY, podiatry office today to book your visit.

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
April 11, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrist in White Plains, New York can help end your heel painheel pain

Heel pain can sometimes go away on its own. It might also be a symptom of plantar fasciitis, caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running across your heel. Runners get plantar fasciitis, but you can also suffer from it if you walk or stand on hard surfaces for extended periods of time.

Whether you have common heel pain or plantar fasciitis, don’t ignore it! Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, New York wants to help you get relief from heel pain and plantar fasciitis.

You can try to treat heel pain at home by following these simple tips:

  • Do arch stretches several times each day
  • Try wearing heel wedges, inserts or custom-fit shoes

For stubborn heel pain and plantar fasciitis, you may need the services of an expert like Dr. Eric Peters. He offers several non-invasive treatments including:

  • Custom-made footwear and orthotics to add support to your heel
  • Physical therapy to increase flexibility and mobility
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

For severe cases of heel pain related to plantar fasciitis, surgery might be recommended. The goal of this type of surgery is to release part of the plantar fascia allowing increased movement without pain. Many foot surgeries are performed endoscopically. Treatment is often on an outpatient basis. Dr. Peters will discuss the results you can expect from surgery, downtime, and recovery.

Don’t ignore your heel pain! It could be a sign of plantar fasciitis. At the very least, heel pain can put you on the couch, making it difficult for you to enjoy the activities of your life. Help for your heel pain is just a phone call away. Call Dr. Eric Peters, your podiatrist in White Plains, New York. Get started feeling better by calling today!

By Dr. Eric Peters, D.P.M.
March 18, 2016
Category: Heel Pain
Tags: Heel Pain  

What Can I Do about my Heel Pain?

Chances are you have experienced heel pain at some point in your life. You don’t have to be an athlete to feel a stabbing pain in your heel painheel. In fact, heel pain is most often experienced as a result of plantar fasciitis, or inflammation of the thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia which runs across your heel. You don’t have to deal with heel pain alone. Help is just a phone call away from your podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, NY.

Heel pain can be caused by other conditions too, including heel spurs, which are hard calcium deposits on your plantar fascia. Stone bruises can cause heel pain by stepping on a sharp stone and bruising your heel. Inflammation of the area where your Achilles tendon connects to your heel can also be a main reason for heel pain.

Your White Plains dentist wants you to know whatever the reason for your heel pain, it may go away on its own, with a few helpful tips, including:

  • Icing your heel 3 times a day for 15 minutes
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications
  • Stretching your arches and Achilles tendon
  • Using heel inserts and getting more supportive shoes

If your heel pain gets worse or doesn’t respond to home therapy, it’s time to call Dr. Peters. Some of his professional treatments available for heel pain include:

  • Custom made orthotic devices
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Plantar fasciotomy surgery--cutting and releasing a portion of plantar fascia tissue
  • Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy--releasing a small part of the plantar fascia through two small incisions
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment--using pressure waves to treat your heel pain

Heel pain can be irritating and debilitating. It can keep you from enjoying your life; but it doesn’t have to keep you on the sidelines. It’s time to call an expert on heel pain. Your podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters in White Plains, NY, is ready to help you get back on your feet, so call today!