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You are dealing with persistent heel pain
Heel pain is a common complaint and most often the result of an overuse injury such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. The good news is that heel pain will usually go away on its own with rest and home care; however, if the heel pain is severe or persists for weeks without getting better than it’s time to see a podiatrist and find out what’s going on.
You’re dealing with a sprained or fractured foot
If you are dealing with a new foot and ankle injury that you’ve never experienced before, then it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who will be able to examine it to determine the extent and severity of the sprain or break. Since untreated or improperly treated injuries can lead to long-term foot and ankle pain and instability, it’s a good idea to get proper podiatry care when you sustain an injury.
You have been diagnosed with diabetes
People with diabetes know that they are also at an increased risk for other foot-related complications including neuropathy, ulcers, and infections. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it’s a good idea to have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular care, especially when problems arise. Even if you aren’t experiencing symptoms, you should still see your podiatrist once a year for a routine checkup.
You’re dealing with regular joint pain and stiffness
While there are many reasons why someone may deal with a bout of joint pain, if this is a persistent problem, you may be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis is progressive, it’s important to diagnose this problem early when medications and treatments can help to slow the progression of joint damage.
If you are experiencing a foot or ankle injury or experiencing symptoms that have you concerned, it’s best to consult foot care professionals for comprehensive podiatry care.
Heel pain can make it difficult to perform daily activities, such as walking or even standing for too long. Heel pain is often due to a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Without treatment, the pain caused by this condition can become progressively worse over time. Several treatment options are available for alleviating pain and discomfort caused by plantar fasciitis. Our experienced team of podiatrists can develop an individualized treatment plan for your heel pain at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX.
Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis
One of the most common causes of heel pain is a foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. There is a band of tissues known as the plantar fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar Fasciitis can develop when this band of tissues becomes inflamed.
Individuals who overpronate when stepping is more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Overpronating happens when the foot rolls inward with each step. This motion causes the arch of the foot to flatten, which lengthens the band of plantar fascia tissues. As the tissues become overstretched, they can become inflamed. Pain can then develop in the heels and arches of the feet. Without treatment, heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis can worsen over time.
Several options are available for treating heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Some things you can do for minor heel pain include resting the foot, and limiting physical activity until the pain subsides. Anti-inflammatory medications can also be helpful. Reducing inflammation can often lessen or eliminate associated pain. Wearing shoes with plenty of cushioning and support is also beneficial.
In cases of chronic or severe heel pain, medical treatment is best. The skilled podiatrists at our offices in Prosper and McKinney can help your heel pain by developing a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Some options for treating heel pain include:
- Custom Orthotics
- Physical Therapy
- Padding and Strapping
- Walking Cast
- Night Splint
When other options have not completely resolved the problem, surgery is sometimes needed. Surgery can be beneficial when a faulty foot structure is contributing to ongoing heel pain. Surgery is also performed to remove painful heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that can develop on the bottom of the heel.
There are many things you can do to alleviate your heel pain. Schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists to discuss treatment options for your heel pain by calling Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney, TX at (972) 542-2155. Our office in Prosper, TX can also be reached by calling the same number.
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.
Our feet endure a lot on a daily basis -- walking, running, jumping and even just standing for long periods of time. Many of us increase the strain by wearing high heeled shoes, flip flops or ill fitting sneakers for hours on end. As a result, you may suffer from heel pain, also called plantar fasciitis. If everyday activities are becoming uncomfortable or even unmanageable due to your heel pain, trust in Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, with offices located in McKinney and Prosper, TX.
What can cause heel pain?
Heel pain results when the plantar fascia, which is a thick tissue connecting your heel bone and toes, becomes inflamed or irritated. This can be caused by several habits or activities:
- Wearing unsupportive, improperly sized, high heeled, or poorly made shoes
- Prolonged standing, especially on hard surfaces
- High body weight
- Tight calf muscles
- Flat feet or high arches
- Exercise that puts constant pressure on your feet such as running and jumping
What are the signs of plantar fasciitis?
- Pain on the underside of your foot near or on the heel
- Swelling or stiffness in your heel
- Pain that is most prevalent in the morning hours or upon waking
- Pain that is particularly bad in the morning
- Pain that increases when standing or when carrying heavy items
What can I do to help my heel pain?
The providers at our McKinney and Prosper offices will evaluate your foot pain and discuss your habits and activity level with you to determine the best solution for your heel pain. X-rays of your feet may also be taken. Depending on the cause, severity, frequency, or duration of your heel pain, one or more of the following may be advised:
- Using insoles, either custom made or store bought, in your shoes
- Avoiding or discontinuing wear of high heeled shoes
- Choosing supportive, properly sized footwear, especially for exercising
- Applying ice to the point of pain
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Wearing a night splint or brace
- Reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight
- Arch stretches
- Icing of the area
- Choosing low pressure exercises like swimming over running
- Over the counter pain relievers
- Surgery at our McKinney or Prosper locations may be an option if other treatments fail to show results
Don't let heel pain slow you down. Call one of your podiatrists, Dr. Silvers, Dr. Witt, or Dr. Lloyd, at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney or Prosper, TX, at (972) 542-2155.
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