Heel Pain Specialist

Karen Wasserman, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Karen Wasserman, DPM

Podiatrist located in Dallas, TX

Stubborn heel pain can interfere with your daily activities. At her Dallas, Texas, practice, Karen Wasserman, DPM, helps patients find effective pain relief. Dr. Wasserman offers a range of treatments, including custom orthotics. No matter what's causing your heel pain, she works with you to find an effective solution, often by avoiding surgery because she specializes in alternative treatments for foot and heel pain. Call Dr. Wasserman and her team to schedule an appointment, or book online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of heel pain?

Heel pain often develops under or behind the heel. In some cases, heel pain may also spread to the side of the heel or foot. While heel pain is usually mild, it can worsen over time. Sometimes, heel pain can be truly disabling. 

If you struggle with heel pain, you might have trouble standing or walking. Heel pain can make everyday life a challenge. But at the office of Karen Wasserman, DPM, you get help managing your heel pain. Dr. Wasserman performs an in-depth evaluation to determine the cause of your symptoms.

What causes heel pain?

A sports injury or fall seldom causes heel pain, but symptoms often develop due to repetitive stress. Runners and athletes are at high risk for heel pain. Any activity that involves concussive force can trigger heel pain.

Some cases of heel pain have a link to chronic conditions like arthritis. An autoimmune disease sometimes causes joint inflammation. Without treatment, joint problems can lead to chronic foot pain. 

Heel pain is a common symptom of plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects thousands. The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs from your heel bone to the tip of your foot. If this ligament is strained, it can trigger inflammation and heel pain. 

Sometimes, it's difficult to determine the cause of heel pain. But Dr. Wasserman offers in-depth testing to get to the root of the problem. She uses cutting-edge techniques to identify and resolve your pain. 

How is heel pain treated?

Treatments can vary depending on what's causing your symptoms. Some cases of heel pain may resolve on their own. Resting your foot or using ice packs can sometimes clear up heel pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help, too. 

Dr. Wasserman is one of the few podiatrists in Dallas to offer Multi Radiance 4™ laser therapy. This revolutionary treatment provides non-surgical relief for foot and heel pain. Multi Radiance 4’s super-pulsed laser targets the source of your pain and boosts circulation. 

Dr. Wasserman also offers extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT), another noninvasive treatment that relieves pain and promotes healing.

If you have stubborn heel pain, proper foot support is vital. Dr. Wasserman can help you choose shoes that provide the right support. She also offers custom orthotics, which help ensure proper foot alignment. Orthotics can relieve foot pain and prevent podiatric problems.

Dr. Wasserman may also suggest taping or strapping your foot. Night splints can also gently stretch foot ligaments to reduce heel pain. In some cases, Dr. Wasserman might also recommend a removable walking cast. A cast allows your foot to rest and heal.

Is surgery an option for heel pain?

If your pain persists, you may need further care. But most cases of heel pain don't require surgery. Dr. Wasserman provides conservative treatments to help you avoid surgery. 

Karen Wasserman, DPM, offers the expert care you need to achieve relief. Call Dr. Wasserman and her team to schedule an appointment, or book online today.