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By Raymond A. DiPretoro, Jr. D.P.M.
November 22, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Does heel pain make walking uncomfortable? Podiatrists Dr. Raymond DiPretoro Jr. and Dr. Aahba M. Suchak of Advanced Foot and Ankle heel painCenter in Glasgow, Wilmington, and Newark, DE, share common causes of the pain and explain what can be done to relieve it.

Haglund's deformity

Haglund's deformity, also known as retrocalcaneal bursitis, causes a swollen red bump to develop on the back of your heel. The bursa, a small, fluid-filled sac, helps your Achilles tendon glide over the bones in your ankle joint easily. You can develop Haglund's deformity if you wear shoes that rub against your heel or exercise more intensely or longer than normal. The condition often goes away if you choose shoes that don't irritate your heel.

Soaking your heel in warm water, applying ice packs and taking over-the-counter pain medication can help reduce pain. If your symptoms continue, you may benefit from physical therapy, ultrasound treatment, corticosteroid injections or orthotics.


Painful calluses can develop on your heel if you wear shoes that don't fit well or if one of the metatarsal bones in your foot is longer than the other. Although you can remove shallow calluses with a pumice stone, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with our Glasgow, Wilmington, or Newark, DE office if your callus is thick or you have diabetes. If a difference in the length of your bones causes frequent calluses, you may benefit from surgery to lift and realign the longer bone.

Plantar fasciitis

An inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of connective tissue you can feel if you press on the sole of your foot, is a common cause of heel pain. The condition is more likely to occur if you run or on your feet for long periods of time, are overweight or have an arch problem. If your pain is mild, you may notice some improvement if you stay off your feet, apply ice packs and perform a few stretching exercises. Corticosteroid injections, night splints, and heel inserts are often recommended by foot doctors to treat plantar fasciitis symptoms. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.

Are you concerned about your heel pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Raymond DiPretoro Jr. and Dr. Aahba M. Suchak of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in Glasgow, Wilmington, and Newark, DE, by calling (302) 355-0056.

By Raymond A. DiPretoro, Jr. D.P.M.
January 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Here are all your burning questions about heel pain answered!

You wake up in the morning and with the first few steps you notice a terrible pain coming from the heel of your foot. You may notice that it heel paingets better throughout the day but if you try to go about your physical activities you may find that it makes your problem worse. Does this sound like you? Our Newark and Wilmington, DE, podiatrists, Dr. Raymond Dipretoro Jr. and Dr. Aahba M. Suchak, are here to address the most popular questions surrounding heel pain.

Q. What causes heel pain?

A. There are many issues that could lead to heel pain. While the most common culprit is an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, other causes include,

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Stone Bruise
  • Arthritis
  • An injury or tear
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

Q. What is plantar fasciitis?

A. This condition often comes about from overuse, which is why we see this condition most often in runners and other athletes. This problem results in inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that run along the bottom of the foot and attach to the heel bone. If you find that foot pain is worse in the morning or after activity then you could be dealing with plantar fasciitis.

Q. When should I see my Newark and Wilmington foot doctor?

A. You should schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing heel pain that lingers even if you aren’t putting weight on the foot or moving around, or if you have heel pain that lasts several weeks despite rest and at-home care.

Q. What are my treatment options?

A. You might be relieved to hear that many people with heel pain can manage their symptoms and heal completely with simple self-measures such as,

  • Resting and avoiding certain physical activities
  • Icing the heel for 15-20 minutes at a time up to three times daily
  • Wearing shoes that provide support for the foot and ankle and give toes enough room to move around
  • Wearing shoe inserts or orthotics to help support the foot, particularly the arches, to remove excessive pressure from certain areas of the foot
  • Taking OTC pain relievers to handle minor to moderate swelling and pain

If these treatments don’t take care of your symptoms and improve your condition then more aggressive treatment options like corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy and even surgery may be necessary.

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center is happy to provide quality foot care to the Delaware area with three convenient locations, Newark and Wilmington, DE. Give us a call today to schedule a visit with us. Don’t let heel pain affect your quality of life.

By Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., DPM
June 09, 2014
Category: Heel Pain

Running with Plantar FasciitisIt’s tempting, isn’t it? When the weather gets nice, you just can’t help but get the urge to add on a couple extra miles to your run. With the summer breeze blowing through your hair, you want to go even faster, too—not just farther. However, a sudden increase in your training can cause an overuse injury like plantar fasciitis, and if that happens, well, you won’t be running at all! That’s because running with plantar fasciitis will only make the condition worse and prolong your recovery.

The plantar fascia is the connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your toes to your heel. When stressed it can become inflamed and painful, otherwise known as plantar fasciitis. Typically you feel a sharp stab or deep ache in your heel or arch of your foot. The pain is worse in the morning, after the tissues have contracted during your sleep. Pain tends to fade once these tissues stretch some, like during a run, but don’t be fooled—running will actually make it worse. The longer you ignore it, the more difficult it will become to treat.

So resist the temptation to increase the intensity of your workout unless you go about it gradually. A good rule of thumb is to increase mileage no more than 10% per week. Be sure to run on soft surfaces and wear shoes with good support and cushioning. Stretching before you run is a must.

If you do feel pain and discomfort in your heel or arch, treat it at the first signs of soreness. Massage the area, ice it, and don’t run! Rest is essential for recovery. If you do all of this, yet pain persists beyond three weeks, it’s time to get some help from Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. Make an appointment with Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. by calling (302) 355-0056, or visit one of our convenient locations in Wilmington, Glasgow and Newark DE.

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