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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
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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.
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.
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!
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.
Causes of Heel Pain
As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.
The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
- Page’s disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
Heel Pain Treatment Options
For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.
Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:
- OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Icing the heel several times a day
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Wearing protective and supportive shoes
- Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises
If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.
Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.