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What is heel pain and how do you treat it?

podiatry Nov 02, 2020

You do not have to continue suffering with heel pain. Whether your heel pain only causes minor discomfort or interferes with your ability to perform routine tasks, there are treatments that can help. A podiatrist can help by diagnosing the specific cause of your heel pain and developing a treatment plan.

 

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain has many different causes, including:

  • Bruises: Painful bruises can develop on the bottom of your heel if you step on a hard object or wear shoes that don't adequately cushion and support your foot.
  • Fractures: Accidents, falls, and sports injuries can cause bone fractures in your heel.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: This common cause of heel pain occurs when the plantar fascia, the tough band of tissue that connects your heels to your toes, becomes inflamed.
  • Plantar Calluses: Painful calluses may form on your heels if your shoes or socks don't fit properly or if the bones in your feet aren't the same length.
  • Inflammation: Inflammation in your Achilles tendon or its surrounding areas may also cause heel pain.

 

How can my Mayo County podiatrist help me?

Your podiatrist offers several different types of treatments that can be helpful if you have heel pain, including:

  • Orthotics and Heel Cups: Orthotics are prescription shoe inserts that improve the alignment of your foot, support your arches, and add an extra layer of cushioning. Heel cups are placed in the heel section of shoes to improve alignment and decrease pressure on the affected areas. Orthotics and heel cups may be recommended if you have plantar fasciitis, a stone bruise, Achilles tendonitis, retrocalcaneal bursitis, and other conditions.
  • Corticosteroid Injections: Corticosteroids injections may be recommended to decrease pain and inflammation if more conservative treatments don’t work.
  • Night Splints: Wearing specially made splints at night can be beneficial if you have plantar fasciitis. The splints help lengthen and stretch the tight fascia.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy improves flexibility and strengthens the muscles that support your heel and ankle. Therapy can also help stretch your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.
  • Surgery: Surgery is usually only recommended if more conservative treatments don't relieve your symptoms.

 

Give us a call and let us help you.

Don't let heel pain change your life. Call your Castlebar, podiatrist, Brid McGing, at +35385 250 5995 to schedule an appointment at Mayo Podiatry Foot & Ankle Center!

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