Causes Of Heel Pain And Treatment Options
By Premier Foot Clinic
May 30, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel PainYou probably don’t think much about your heels in the course of the day, but if they start to become painful they become all you can think about. Some people with severe heel pain wake up in the morning feeling discomfort without ever setting their feet down. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, get help as soon as possible at Premier Foot Clinic, serving Clinton, Cleveland, and Jackson, MS.

Your Aching Heels...
Your heels take on a significant amount of load when you're standing, walking, and running. This is why over half of Americans who report foot problems specifically complain to their doctors about heel pain according to an American Podiatric Medical Association Study. The pain may begin in the heel and emanate upwards to the ankles and lower legs. If caused by plantar fasciitis, the bottom of the foot may also be tender or numb.

What Caused Your Heel Pain?
There’s a very good chance that your heel pain was caused by the type of shoes that you wear each day. Are they designed for support and comfort, or only for looks? Uncomfortable shoes put too much stress on the plantar fascia tendon, which is connected to the heel. Patients who have flat feet may be more prone to experiencing heel pain. Another potential cause is a callus that turns into a blister or sore on the heel. No matter the cause, a Clinton, Cleveland, and Jackson podiatrist can help.

Treatment Options
The first step to getting healing for heel pain is to schedule a foot exam to get advice from a professional. These are some of the treatment options you may be presented with:

- Supportive custom orthotic devices.
- Corticosteroid injections and anti-inflammatory medications to reduce the sensation of pain.
- Stretching and physical therapy.
- Callus removal and wound therapy.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT), which sends waves of energy to the damaged tissue that’s causing heel pain.

Do Your Heels Need Help?
If your heels cause you pain even while you’re sleeping or sitting still, that’s a sign that you should see a Clinton, Cleveland, and Jackson, MS, podiatrist soon to explore treatment options. Call today to schedule a heel pain appointment with Dr. Stefanie Thomas, Dr. Ashley Blackwell, or Dr. Timothy Adams at Premier Foot Clinic.