WARWICK, RI, July 19, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Heel pain is a common, yet debilitating, symptom that can make a person afraid to take another step. At the Foot & Ankle Institute of New England, Warwick podiatrists treat heel pain and the conditions that commonly cause it. These include plantar fasciitis, stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation and cysts. While plantar fasciitis is the most common heel pain cause, a patient's pain can result from a number of contributing factors. This makes careful and thorough evaluation an important step for the Warwick podiatry team.
A typical appointment may begin with a Foot & Ankle Institute of New England podiatrist asking about the patient's heel pain. Questions may include "Where does the pain originate?", "What makes the pain worse/better?" and "When did you first notice the pain?" The podiatrist will physically evaluate the patient's foot as well as watch the patient walk. These and other methods of examination can help the Warwick podiatrists identify the problem's likely source.
"So many of our patients are afraid to see a podiatrist because they are afraid they will have to have surgery or some other invasive intervention," says Dr. Robert Gallucci, a Warwick, RI podiatrist. "However, our team can typically provide treatments that do not require surgery."
If plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes the thick band of tissue at the bottom of the foot to become inflamed, is to blame, a number of solutions can help. These include physical therapy exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, special shoe inserts and even night splints to stretch the plantar fascia while the patient sleeps. If these treatments do not relieve pain, custom-made orthotic inserts or anti-inflammatory injections may help.
Having access to a podiatry specialist means patients can receive treatments that offer lasting results, not temporary fixes, for heel pain. Signs a patient may need a podiatrist's evaluation include if a patient notices pain, redness, swelling or other inflammation signs related to the heel; when heel pain affects daily activities and when heel pain does not improve with time or rest.
"Because the causes and treatments for heel pain are varied, it's important to see a foot and ankle specialist who is able to provide comprehensive services," says Dr. Stephen J. Rogers, a Warwick heel pain specialist. "Treating heel pain is what our Institute specializes in and does well. We have helped countless patients find relief."
For more information on how you can live a life free from heel pain and discomfort, please call the Foot & Ankle Institute of New England's Warwick office at (401) 738-7750. To learn about additional office locations and services offered, please visit www.footankle.info
About Foot & Ankle Institute of New England: Foot and Ankle Institute of New England is a group of leading podiatrists in Warwick, Middletown and Fall River. Heel pain and flat feet specialists, Drs. Robert Gallucci, Stephen Rogers, Jonathan Sabourin, and Douglas Reid bring years of experience to the podiatric field and a passion for delivering quality foot and ankle care to every patient they serve. Services include treatment for heel pain, fungal nails, heel pain, diabetic wounds, and flat foot.
Dr. Stephen J. Rogers
300 Toll Gate Road
Warwick, RI 02886
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