Heel pain can be extremely debilitating but, for most of my patients, I can help them successfully resolve it with proper diagnosis and conservative measures. To do so, nothing is more important than making sure I get a proper history and perform a complete and thorough patient examination to diagnose heel pain, actually all foot pain, for that matter.
Although plantar fascilitis is the most common reason patients may come to me with heel pain, there are a variety of other possible causes, including but not limited to:
It is very important that we consider the full range of possible causes before reaching a diagnosis. Where Google may be helpful for patients in providing some basic information or even confirmation of why their heel hurts, it is not a substitute for my extensive training and years of diagnostic work. So, when dealing with heel pain, it’s important to consider every possibility. And, the only way to get at that is with a thorough history and diagnostic testing.
The diagnostic history needs to include…
Based on the answers to these questions, it often triggers more extensive questions I ask patients about their heel pain to help identify the source of the problem and determine the appropriate tests to run.
The next step is to run the relevant diagnostic tests. This may involve some—but not necessarily all—of the following:
With a thorough workup and proper diagnostic testing, I am able to systematically analyze heel pain and diagnose it. The next step is to provide each patient with an appropriate treatment plan customized to the specific diagnosis.
We are here for all your foot care needs. You may come and see me by scheduling an appointment at 305-229-9595.
We work to make every aspect of your visit the most satisfying experience you’ve had. We treat patients of all ages, and our friendly staff strives to ensure a pleasant office visit.
Miami Podiatrist Dr. Sandra Gotman provides each patient with the information you need to make good choices about your foot and ankle care. We don’t simply want to tell you about your diagnoses; we also want to work with you to determine the best plan for treatment of your foot and ankle discomfort.
We approach foot and ankle care with a humble, yet educated and experienced approach.
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