Heel pain is a common complaint. If you are experiencing chronic or recurring heel pain, it may be a sign of an injury or condition like plantar fasciitis. The podiatrists at Premier Foot Clinic serving Clinton, Cleveland, and Jackson, MS, Dr. Stefanie Thomas, Dr. Ashley Blackwell, or Dr. Timothy Adams, offer diagnostic and treatment options for chronic heel pain and other foot and ankle injuries.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment
There are a number of possible causes for chronic heel pain. One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which develops when the long band of tissue that runs the length of the foot from the ankle to the base of the toes becomes inflamed. Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but it is usually caused by prolonged pressure or stress from physical activity like distance running, spending a lot of time on your feet, wearing shoes with insufficient arch support, or being overweight.
Other potential causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Tendon rupture
- Heel spurs
- Stress fractures
Depending on the cause and severity, heel pain can usually be relieved with conservative, non-surgical treatments like rest, physical therapy, orthotics, medication, and ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy).
Can Heel Pain Be Prevented?
Although pain and foot and ankle injuries are not 100% preventable, there are a few precautions that you can take to support your feet and ankles, especially during strenuous physical activity and exercise that can cause wear and tear over time.
- Be sure to stretch and warm up properly before and after physical activity
- Wear comfortable and supportive shoes for walking and working out, or if you spend long periods of time on your feet
- Speak to a podiatrist about orthotics or supportive insoles if you have flat feet or low arches
- Maintain a healthy weight to avoid excess pressure on your feet and joints
Find a Podiatrist
For more information about diagnostic and treatment options for heel pain and other podiatry problems, contact Premier Foot Clinic today serving Clinton, Cleveland, and Jackson, MS to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists today.