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Heel pain is a common foot problem that podiatrists often treat. Knowing the cause of your pain is important in determining the most effective treatment method. Even if the pain seems minor, it’s amazing how much it can affect your whole body, making it difficult to get out of bed let alone go on your regular run. If you are struggling with heel pain you might be dealing with a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The source of your pain may originate in the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your feet. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you may feel pain in your heel. Of course, everything from wearing high heels to long runs can actually irritate and cause inflammation within the plantar fascia. When this happens this is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition is usually the result of overuse and repeated stress rather than an injury.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain that originates at the bottom of the heel below the heel bone. The pain may spread to the arches of the feet and may also be accompanied by stiffness. These symptoms are often exacerbated first thing in the morning or after long bouts of sitting or standing. Sometimes, light activity and exercise can momentarily lessen the pain.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
If you know that you have plantar fasciitis (perhaps you’ve had it before) then you know it’s important to rest, avoid physical activity, and take over-the-counter pain relievers. Of course, if you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s important to see a podiatrist to find out whether it’s plantar fasciitis or another condition such as heel spurs or Achilles tendonitis. A thorough evaluation from a medical professional is often necessary, especially if this is the first time dealing with heel pain.
Your podiatrist can also show you stretching and strengthening exercises that you can perform to help stretch the plantar fascia to reduce pain and discomfort. Some patients also choose to wear a night splint to reduce morning stiffness and arch pain.
If your symptoms aren’t being alleviated through conservative treatment methods or if you are experiencing chronic heel pain your podiatrist may recommend surgery.
If you are dealing with stubborn and painful heels turn to a podiatrist for a consultation.
Heel pain can make it difficult to perform routine activities, such as walking or standing for extended periods. Depending on how severe the heel pain, it might even prevent you from participating in some activities, such as working out. The good news is several options are available for treating heel pain. A podiatrist can develop a treatment plan for you based on the cause and severity of your heel pain. At AAL Podiatry Associates, Dr. Jesse Anderson is your podiatrist for the treatment of heel pain in Norfolk, PA, and Suffolk, VA.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain can be the result of many different factors. Performing repetitive motions can cause heel pain due to the repeated strain and stress those motions put on the feet. Other causes of heel pain include:
- Heel spurs
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Stress fractures
- Foot injuries
Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are some of the most common causes of heel pain. The two conditions often occur in conjunction with one another. Heel spurs are actually calcium deposits that form on the bottom of the heels. The pressure and impact of every step you take can cause the heel spurs to get press into the heel, which can lead to extensive discomfort and pain.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition affecting the plantar fascia tissues that run along the bottom of the feet. When those tissues become irritated and inflamed, pain can be felt along the arch of the foot and at the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is more likely to develop in people who overpronate when walking or running. Overpronating involves the feet rolling inward. This motion tends to put tension on the plantar fascia tissues, which causes them to stretch too much and become inflamed.
Treating Heel Pain
There are several options for treating heel pain. Dr. Anderson can discuss various options and develop an effective treatment plan for you. In Norfolk, heel pain can be treated through the following methods:
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Orthotic foot supports
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
Do not ignore your heel pain. Depending on the cause, heel pain will not necessarily go away on its own. Treatment can alleviate the pain and address the cause so the condition does not worsen. For the treatment of heel pain in Norfolk, PA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Anderson by calling AAL Podiatry Associates at (757) 625-2962. For the Suffolk, VA, office, call (757) 539-2098.
Heel pain is one of the leading problems that sends patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.
Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Our practice will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.
Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches, are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Bottom of the heel pain
- Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
- Pain that worsens over a period of months
Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications, and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort. Always seek care from our office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.