Struggling with heel pain? Here at Oakton Foot & Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA, Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Dharia proudly provide patients with quality foot care, including the diagnosis and treatment of painful conditions. Read on to learn how they can help you too.
More about Heel Pain
Heel pain may be the result of a number of conditions, including a stress fracture, nerve irritation, tendonitis, arthritis, or a cyst. However, the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition in which the plantar fascia (a band of connective tissue that extends from the heel to the toes) becomes inflamed.
Some causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- Faulty structure of the foot, such as overly flat feet or high-arched feet
- Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces
- Certain occupations that require standing for long periods of time
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain on the bottom of the heel and in the foot arch. People may also feel pain worsening over a period of months and swelling on the bottom of the heel. Pain is usually the worst in the morning, just after getting out of bed.
Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Dhari diagnose plantar fasciitis with the use of medical history and examining your foot. Additionally, X-ray screenings or other imaging modalities are used to figure out what exactly could be the root of the problem.
Your Fairfax podiatrist will opt for non-surgical treatments first. That includes stretching exercises, avoiding barefoot movement, icing your heel for 20 minutes several times a day, cutting down on extended physical activities, choosing more appropriate shoes, and using oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.
Your doctor may also suggest orthotic devices. Orthotics are custom shoe inserts that optimize foot function. Some examples of orthotics include:
- Rigid orthotics, which control motion in two major foot joints
- Semirigid orthotics, which provide dynamic balance to the foot while walking or participating in sports
- Soft orthotic devices, which help absorb shock, increase balance, and take the pressure off of sore spots
Other Non-Surgical Treatment Options Include:
- Padding, taping and strapping
- Injection therapy
- Removable walking cast
- Night splint
- Physical therapy
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
If you'd like to speak with Drs. Steven Vetter or Jugal Dharia of Oakton Foot & Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA, about heel pain, dial (703) 352-8888 today.