A Guide To Conservative Care For Recalcitrant Plantar Heel Pain

Jenny L. Sanders, DPM | 16,868 reads | 1 comments | 10/22/2014

Given the common nature of heel pain and the fact that reportedly more than one-third of those with heel pain have had it for two years or more, this author discusses practical pointers and the current evidence on conservative treatment options.


Keys To Diagnosing And Treating Posterior Heel Pain

Bob Baravarian, DPM, and Rotem Ben-Ad, DPM | 36,538 reads | 0 comments | 06/19/2014

There is no question that heel pain is one of the most commonly presenting complaints to the podiatric practitioner. Although plantar heel pain seems to predominate in this category, we cannot overlook posterior heel pain as an important subset of heel pain syndrome.

A Guide To Conservative Care For Plantar Heel Pain

Jamie Yakel, DPM | 22,139 reads | 0 comments | 10/22/2013

Given that heel pain is one of the most common maladies that podiatrists treat, this author offers a pertinent overview of conservative therapies ranging from corticosteroid injections and night splints to low-Dye taping and platelet-rich plasma.

A Closer Look At Heel Pain And Baxter’s Neuritis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS | 38,390 reads | 1 comments | 08/14/2013

Through my 23 years of practice, I often think of the old adage, “When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.” I consider myself a very good diagnostician. I base my diagnoses on comprehensive history and physical examination. However, there are times when the patient is not progressing as expected and those “hoof beats” are actually zebras. One such case is heel pain from Baxter’s neuritis, which is entrapment of the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve.

Are You Treating Heel Pain Like A Specialist?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS | 5,670 reads | 0 comments | 07/17/2013

I often read and listen to colleagues describing their preferred treatment for plantar heel pain. I am surprised at how many podiatric physicians follow the same protocols typical of primary care providers. This raises a question: Why aren’t foot and ankle specialists really practicing like foot and ankle specialists?

Point-Counterpoint: Should We Do Plantar Fascia Releases For Heel Pain?

Mark Hofbauer, DPM, FACFAS, and Alexander Pappas, DPM; and Steven Shannon, DPM, FACFAS | 30,209 reads | 0 comments | 10/22/2013
Yes. After conservative options for plantar fasciitis fail, these authors argue that release of the plantar fascia can be beneficial for those with chronic pain, citing good success rates in the literature.

By Mark Hofbauer, DPM, FACFAS, and Alexander Pappas, DPM

Current Concepts In Addressing Plantar Heel Pain

William Fishco DPM FACFAS | 21,840 reads | 0 comments | 01/02/2013

In my blog last month ( ), I reviewed the common disorders of the posterior heel and Achilles tendon. Since we are in the neighborhood, so to speak, l will give you my cheat sheet for addressing pain syndromes of the plantar heel.

Conquering Conservative Care For Heel Pain

By James M. Losito, DPM | 24,887 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/2004

Heel pain is certainly one of the most ubiquitous complaints among our patients. Plantar heel pain is by far the most common location with proximal plantar fasciitis (heel spur syndrome) accounting for the majority of cases. Proximal plantar fasciitis, otherwise referred to as heel spur syndrome, is common in any podiatric practice and is certainly the most frequently encountered etiology of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis has been reported to comprise up to 10 percent of all foot and ankle injuries. The clinical presentation consists of insidious onset plantar or plantar/medial heel pain.

Conquering Posterior Heel Pain In Athletes

By Christopher R. Corwin, DPM, MS, and David C. Erfle, DPM | 59,546 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2006

    Americans of all ages are participating in athletic activities, including football, at a higher level than ever before. Unfortunately, this also leads to an increased incidence of injury. Heel pain is a common complaint among athletes. It can be particularly disabling and result in a loss of playing time.

Mastering Plantar Heel Pain In Athletes

By Patrick J. Nunan, DPM | 32,363 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2004

   Plantar heel pain is one of the most common maladies we see in podiatric practice. Patients learn on their first visit that the symptoms usually respond to conservative treatment over a six- to 12-week timeframe, although some individuals may take six to 12 months to be totally pain-free. Athletes may have difficulty accepting the fact that they may have lingering pain over six to 12 months. Not only may the athlete be upset, one may also draw the ire of the coach, athletic trainer, agent or parent.