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While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.
The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.
Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:
- Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
- Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
- Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
- Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness
Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.
Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.
If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
How your podiatrists in Fairfax, VA, can help your feet feel better
Heel pain isn’t just annoying—it can also keep you off of your feet, and thereby affect your very ability to perform daily activities. To further complicate the issue, heel pain can both strike without notice and develop slowly over time. Luckily, your podiatrist can provide treatment to eliminate your heel pain and get you moving again. Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Daria at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA, can help your feet feel better.
Heel pain can result from a variety of causes, including injuries such as bruises as well as developed conditions such as heel spurs.
One of the most common causes of heel pain is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue running across your heel, a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:
- Overpronation, or rolling your foot when you walk
- Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time
- Carrying excessive weight, which causes foot stress
- Participating in high impact sports like running or jogging
No matter what is causing your heel pain, there are some easy steps you can take to help you deal with your symptoms. You can try:
- Icing your heel several times each day
- Stretching your arches several times during the day
- Elevating your feet and taking the weight off of your heels
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Always wearing supportive, comfortable shoes appropriate to the activity you are doing
For stubborn, severe heel pain, you need the help of the expert podiatrists at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center. They offer a wide range of services to help relieve your heel pain symptoms and get rid of heel pain for good. They may recommend:
- Custom-fit orthotics and footwear to support your feet
- Stretching and physical therapy exercises to keep you flexible
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications
You don’t have to deal with heel pain on your own. You can get help by calling Drs. Steven Vetter and Jugal Daria at Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, Virginia. Call (703) 352-8888 now to help your feet!