Has it been weeks or months since you first noticed pain in your heel? Although it's true that pain often goes away on its own, lingering pain is a sign you shouldn't ignore. Jackson, MS, podiatrists Dr. Stefanie Thomas and Dr. Ashley Blackwell can help find the cause of your heel pain and provide treatment options.
Your toes are connected to your heels by the plantar fascia, a long band of connective tissue that can be felt by pressing on the bottom of your foot. Inflammation of the plantar fascia can cause heel pain and stiffness. The condition often affects people who spend long periods on their feet, have flat feet or high arches, are obese or participate in certain athletic activities, such as running or dancing.
Heel spurs, calcium deposits that form on the bottom of your heel, make each step you take painful. You may be more likely to get them if you run, jog, wear shoes that don't fit well, have an abnormal gait or are recovering from plantar fasciitis.
Retrocalcaneal bursitis and Achilles tendinitis
Inflammation, a common cause of pain, can affect your Achilles tendon or retrocalcaneal bursa. The Achilles tendon connects your calf muscles to your heel, while the bursa, a sac located at the back of your heel, makes it easier for your Achilles tendon to move over your bones. If you're a runner or walker, you may be more likely to develop the conditions, particularly if you push yourself too hard or long. You may also be at risk if you wear shoes that don't fit well, have arthritis, flat feet or tight calf muscles.
Plantar calluses develop on the bottom of your foot due to discrepancies in the length or position of the metatarsal bones in the middle of your foot. For example, if one of these bones is longer than the others, you may develop a painful callus on your heel that never seems to go away.
How can a podiatrist help me?
When heel pain lingers, it's a good idea to visit our Jackson office. We offer a variety of treatments that will treat the source of your pain. Depending on the cause of your condition, you may benefit from prescription medications, corticosteroid injections, orthotics, night splints, ultrasound treatments or even surgery.
Ignoring your heel pain can turn your foot problem into a chronic condition. Luckily, prompt treatment will help you avoid lingering pain. Call Jackson, MS, podiatrists Dr. Stefanie Thomas and Dr. Ashley Blackwell at (601) 926-1500 to schedule an appointment.