Do the Bottoms of Your Feet Hurt?

Heel pain sometimes happens for no apparent reason. You may notice it at its worst first thing in the morning or when standing after sitting when you put weight on your foot.

The worse your heel pain is, the more your heel may start throbbing when you get off your feet. Or, you may feel soreness radiating up the back of your leg or into the arch of your foot.

Heel Pain Won’t Go Away by Itself

Heel pain often gets worse over time. And the worse it gets, the longer it goes on, the harder it is to treat. Pain that goes on for more than a month or so becomes increasingly more difficult to resolve. Self-help care may stop being effective.

Here’s the sad truth: Most heel pain won’t go away if you just “give it time” to heal. There may not be anything you can do to solve heel pain all by yourself, no matter how hard you try.

While you’re trying to fix chronic heel pain by yourself, it’s getting worse and worse, and if you finally find effective care after all that time goes by, it can cost more to fix and will probably take longer too. Meanwhile, you’ll continue to suffer from the pain, which may cause problems beyond painful feet.

Chronic heel pain can cause debilitating emotional pain, with wide-reaching effects on you, family, friends and work-life. The longer heel pain continues, the more devastating emotional and physical effects it has on everyday life and overall health.

Painful feet affect overall well-being more quickly and deeply than people might realize. Feet are incredibly sensitive. Your feet have more nerve endings per square centimeter than any other part of your body. That’s why foot pain can impact your life so quickly.

Diminished job performance, frustration, anxiety, anger, lack of energy, inability to complete chores or handle the kids, depression, feelings of isolation, are all normal reactions to chronic pain. Chronic pain threatens your job, your family, your friends, and possibly even your life.

Chronic pain is nothing to mess with. No normal, healthy person can tolerate constant pain for very long, without suffering emotional stress. Lacking successful treatment, a life crippled by pain may be the only outcome.

The Truth about Self-Help Cures

There is no lack of self-help information on the internet for the “treatment” of heel pain. Some of it is actually true. And some of the advice is pretty good.

And there is no lack of online retail products for sale, claiming to cure heel pain. Some of them are helpful too, IF they address what’s actually causing your heel pain.

With all the info and products available to “cure” it, why do 2 million people every year still wind up with heel pain that remains unhealed and chronically painful?

Here’s the real reason so much unsuccessfully treated heel pain exists, the secret the DIY sites, self-help advisers and home-treating product sellers don’t tell you about chronic heel pain:

Not everyone’s heel pain has the same cause, so it may not respond to “cookie-cutter” treatment. The reason YOU have heel pain may be different than your friend’s, or wife’s or co-worker’s source of heel pain.

One-size-fits-all solutions (the online self-help variety, friend advice, or even cookie cutter physician treatment plans) won’t solve your heel pain if the solution doesn’t treat the REAL source of that pain. And the longer your heel pain goes untreated, the less effective the DIY, self-treatment and self-care products become, until nothing you do works anymore.

The good news is, even if you have “tried everything” but failed to resolve your heel pain, it doesn’t mean you just have to live with it. In most cases, you can be successfully treated with conservative care and reclaim your life.

Imagine what your life could be like if
you fixed your heel pain
and never suffered from it again.

The Secret to Fixing Heel Pain

If your heel pain hasn’t resolved with DIY help, or even if you’ve gone to a doctor without relief, please don’t give up. You don’t have to live with chronic heel pain.

There is hope.

Successful heel pain treatment often requires the experience, knowledge, skill and tools only available with care from a heel pain specialist. These tools, skills, experience and knowledge are never found online, and possibly not even with inexperienced or non-specialist practitioners.

Dr. John S. Sciortino, DPM, a podiatric physician and heel pain specialist in Sherman, TX, has successfully treated thousands of heel pain cases over his 31 years in practice. He has a comprehensive understanding of the condition, vast experience in successful care, the tools needed to deliver results and the skills to use those tools.

His care is personalized to YOUR condition, your body and your lifestyle. You won’t find this combination everywhere.

When to See Dr. Sciortino

  • If you’ve had heel pain for more than a month
  • If you don’t have the time nor desire to wade through months of self care regimens to see if they will work
  • If you need to get back to your life quickly
  • If you’re tired of being in pain every day
  • If your quality of life is affected by heel pain
  • If you’ve tried everything you know, but still have heel pain

Just because your heel pain has gone on a long time, or is debilitating, the solution may not be as complicated as you might think. It just needs to be the right solution for you.

How is Dr. Sciortino Different from Other Physicians?

Dr. Sciortino’s been in practice long enough to have pretty much seen everything; he’s not likely to be surprised at what he finds as the source of your heel pain. He isn’t being told how best to care for you (it’s his practice, not some big corporate mill) and he knows what treatment works and what doesn’t. Your care options will be a decision you and he make together.

A board certified podiatrist specializing in treating heel pain, Dr. Sciortino is well known and highly respected in the community, at the local hospitals and with area physicians. You don’t develop that kind of outstanding reputation without good reason, though you won’t hear him brag about it.

Dr. Sciortino lives and works here. His kids went to school here. Sherman, TX has been his home and community for 25 years. He is completely dedicated to helping keep his community healthy and active.

Getting Immediate Pain Relief

Dr. Sciortino has the tools to offer quick relief from pain, while addressing the long term solution to your heel pain problem.

“We have a number of options to achieve pain relief quickly”, Dr. Sciortino explains. “Whatever option the patient and I decide to pursue, quick pain relief and return to a normal life is my most immediate goal.”

Get Your Life Back: Fixing Heel Pain Forever

Can heel pain be fixed forever? In almost ALL cases, yes, it can. Sometimes the cause of your heel pain is something that Dr. Sciortino can treat without recommending a change in lifestyle. In other cases a change may be needed to prevent recurrence.

“Some heel pain is caused by body structure, like flat feet or high arches; there’s no alteration of the patient’s lifestyle that will solve that. We accommodate for the body’s structure, and the patient lives a pain free, active life”, says Dr. Sciortino.

“In other cases, for example, if a patient is obese, their feet just can’t handle the extra weight, so a long term fix that doesn’t need my continued assistance would require the patient take action to lose weight and reduce that burden”, he notes. “Even so, we can always work to help the patient remain pain free and mobile long term”.

What to Do Next?

If you suffer from heel pain, please call our office right away at 903-893-9661 and arrange to see Dr. Sciortino. We’ll get you in quickly, and you can be on your way back to the life you want.

Don’t spend your valuable life in pain, missing out on what makes it fun and meaningful.

Get relief from your heel pain, right now. We can help.

Call us at 903-893-9661 to set up an appointment.

Answers to Your Questions

What about Cost?

Dr. Sciortino makes his decisions based on what’s best for his patients, not necessarily on what insurance coverage dictates. He does not let insurance tell him how to care for you.

Our office is in-network with the majority of plans in our area, so depending on your coverage, out of pocket costs will vary.

If you have insurance and your plan has a deductible, once your deductible is met, your plan often covers the cost of your office visit and any procedures Dr. Sciortino may perform, except for plan required co-payment (aka “co-pay”) and/or co-insurance due, which is out of pocket for you.

There are so many different healthcare plans that we can’t give specifics for yours on a website, but when you make an appointment, we’ll look into it, then give you the details when you arrive for your visit.

We are very aware that healthcare reform often places more financial responsibility on patients than has been typical in the past. To help you get the care you need, we take credit and debit cards for deductibles. co-payments and co-insurance, and sometimes offer credit card installment payments for non-covered products or services, or high deductible amounts that might otherwise be a burden preventing care.

If you don’t have insurance, we take all major credit and debit cards to help you manage your budget and ensure you receive the care needed to get back to your life.

Is there a waiting list to get in to see Dr. Sciortino?

We work very hard to ensure access to Dr. Sciortino; we’ll get you in as soon as possible.

What happens at the first visit?

The goal of the first visit is to find the real cause of your heel pain. We usually take x-rays and may use other diagnostic tools as needed during this visit.

In the rare event some other diagnostic test is needed that we do not perform, we’ll get it set up for you.

During the visit Dr. Sciortino will answer your questions, let you know what he found is the underlying reason for your heel pain, and get you some immediate pain relief. Then he’ll continue to work with you to ensure your heel pain is resolved, and hopefully never returns.

How long does it take to fix heel pain?

It depends on the cause, but most patients get immediate relief at the first visit, and within a few months without further pain, the cause of your heel pain should be resolved.

Very occasionally resolution of heel pain requires surgery, but we exhaust all conservative options first. If you do eventually need surgery, it’s typically covered by insurance and recovery takes a relatively short time.

What if treatment doesn’t work for me?

It rarely happens, but if it does, Dr. Sciortino will take the initiative and set up a visit with an appropriate specialist for a second opinion. You might have some physical condition outside Dr. Sciortino’s scope of practice, with your heel pain a consequence of that medical problem. Dr. Sciortino will work with you and any other required provider to help you resolve that underlying condition.

What if there are exercises or therapy you want me to do, but I can’t do them?

There are other ways to address your heel pain, but it may require more frequent visits to our office to help you resolve the condition.

Will treatment hurt?

Sometimes initial therapy is a bit uncomfortable for a few seconds, but therapy quickly leads to pain resolution and healing, and a return to the life you want.

Will I have to be off my feet during treatment?

No. We strive to allow you to participate in as much of your usual day to day activity as you can.

How often and how many times will I have to come to the office before my heel pain is fixed?

Initially we see patients every two weeks, but based on your response and your personalized treatment plan, it will vary. We will get you on your feet and out of pain as quickly as we can.

We do not schedule patients for visits they don’t need, nor provide treatment we don’t truly believe is necessary.

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

What Causes Heel Pain?

The most common cause of heel pain is excessively stretching the “plantar fascia”, a thick ligament that connects your toes to your heel.  This ligament stretches when your arch flattens (as you put weight on your foot).
Flattening the arch of the foot during walking and standing strains the plantar fascia and it can eventually weaken at the point where it attaches to the heel bone. The plantar fascia also can develop small tears.
Anything that causes your foot to flatten excessively ends up stretching the plantar fascia. A tight calf muscle can create tension in the plantar fascia. Calf muscles often become tight through exercise like walking or jogging. Wearing high heels will, over time, tighten calf muscles.
When you rest, the injured plantar fascia tightens. This is why it hurts so badly when you first get up in the morning.
A bone spur, also called a heel spur, can develop where the plantar fascia attaches to the bone on the bottom of your heel. A bone spur is an extra growth on a normal bone. They aren’t “sharp”, they’re just extra bone. Generally bone spurs are not painful, but may become so if they become large.

Diagnosing Heel Pain

Through physical exam, discussing your history of heel pain and performing needed tests, Dr. Sciortino can diagnose the underlying cause of your heel pain. A weight bearing x-ray is often taken, and used to determine whether you have heel spurs or other rare causes, such as a heel bone stress fracture, connective tissue disorders or bone tumors.

Treatment

Treatment will always be personalized for you and your lifestyle. It is not uncommon, however, that these time-tested options are offered or recommended during the course of care:

  • Plantar fascia and calf muscle stretching exercises
  • Injection therapy
  • Ankle stabilizers as needed
  • Functional foot orthotics (devices inserted into your shoes)

Don’t suffer with heel pain. Get relief now!

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903-893-9661

Dr. Sciortino specializes in the treatment of heel pain. Call him today.