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When Should You See a Podiatrist for Heel Pain?

Heel pain can be a discomfort that affects our daily lives, making simple activities like getting out of bed, walking, and exercising a challenge. Whether you’ve been suffering from heel pain a short time or an extended period of time, it’s important to recognize the signs and know when to consult a podiatrist for effective heel pain management. Here are some key indicators that it's time to take the step towards seeking relief.

Chronic Discomfort:

If your heel pain persists for more than a few weeks, despite trying home remedies like rest, stretching, orthotics, ice, over-the-counter pain medications, it's a clear signal to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Persistent Morning Pain:

If you experience a sharp, knife-like pain at the heel or arch, especially when taking those initial steps in the morning, it could be indicative of conditions like plantar fasciitis. This persistent discomfort warrants attention, and a podiatrist can help pinpoint the cause and recommend targeted treatments.

Difficulty Walking: 

If heel pain limits your ability to walk comfortably or causes you to alter your gait, it's a clear signal to consult a podiatrist. Ignoring difficulty walking may lead to further complications.

Heel Pain When Getting Up After Sitting:

Specific to your situation, experiencing heel pain when getting up after sitting is a noteworthy sign.

Signs of Infection:

Redness, warmth, swelling, or signs of infection around the heel area should prompt an immediate visit to a podiatrist. Infections can exacerbate heel pain and may require prompt attention.

Previous Injuries:

A history of heel injuries should prompt a visit to a podiatrist. They can conduct a thorough evaluation to identify the underlying cause and recommend targeted interventions.

Don't let a sharp, knife-like pain at the heel or arch become a constant companion. Taking that step towards professional help can make all the difference. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Chow today by calling (212) 226-6888.

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