When I started practice a quarter of a century ago, heel pain was the mainstay of my patient volume. Who wanted to go to the brand-new doctor who looked like a teenager for surgery….especially when his father was world renowned? Therefore, I got “stuck” with heel pain.
After a year or two, I thought that if this was going to be my practice forever, I wasn’t sure it would be fulfilling.
Things of course changed and my surgical reputation grew. I started treating a much wider variety of pathology.
Here we are now, over 25 years in practice, and I can tell you that I love treating heel pain.
For me, the key to this is that we, as podiatrists, have knowledge and skills to treat heel pain in a variety of ways that other specialists can’t or won’t embrace.
And more importantly, we can more accurately diagnose the cause of heel pain.
One of the most important lessons I’ve learned over my career is that heel pain isn’t always plantar fasciitis and being comprehensive in your evaluation and treatment is incredible valuable for the patient and gratifying for the physician.
Today’s video discusses what I mean.
Have a great week.