What are common symptoms of heel pain?
Heel pain is a very common complication, and it is one of the most commonly treated pains. Specialists at our office are excellent at identifying and treating patients with heel pain. The most common type of heel pain is caused by planter fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Planter fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia tendon becomes tight or inflamed. The plantar fascia tendon is located on the bottom of the foot. It begins at the heal, running along the arch, and connecting at the toes.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
- Stabbing pain in arch, commonly the most painful in the morning
- Pain upon standing after sitting or standing in one place for a long time
What are the possible treatment options for plantar fasciitis?
Some non-surgical treatments options must first be considered. Some of these options include:
- Plantar fasciitis night splints to aid with pain in the morning
- Plantar fasciitis arch supports or orthotic inserts
- New, supportive shoes
- Walking serves as a way to loosen up the plantar fascia tendon
- Stretching calf, rolling out arch
- Over the counter anti inflammation medication
If all non-invasive treatment options have been exhausted, potential surgical treatments can be considered if pain persists. When treated properly, pain from plantar fasciitis should improve within weeks of beginning treatment.
What are other causes of heel pain?
Some other causes for heal pain include:
- Bone fractures
- Bone bruises
- Nerve damage
- Tight muscles in foot/arch
- Tight muscles in calves
- Poor shoes without adequate foot support
As there are many different causes to a patient’s arch pain, calling our office for an appointment is the best way to receive an accurate diagnosis for your current foot symptoms. If you are suffering from heel pain, contact us immediately to explore the possible treatment options we have to offer.