Do you feel as if you are 30 years older when you get up in the morning or after taking a lunch break? When you stand, do you experience pain along the bottom or back of your heel? If so, chances are you are suffering from one of the two most common foot problems: Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. The first refers to a ligament, the second to a bone. Both are common occurrences as a result of tight calf muscles, improper footwear, excess weight, or lack of flexibility surrounding the ankle. There is good news, however: around 90 percent of patients suffering from these heel problems see noticeable improvement without the need for complex surgeries. Instead, patients may choose flexibility exercises, stretching exercises, shoe recommendations, and proper icing techniques to start out with.
When to See a Doctor
When it comes to heel pain, you should visit your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Severe pain or swelling around the heel
- The inability to bend your foot downward, raise your toes, or walk properly
- Heel pain accompanied by fever, numbness, or tingling in the heel
- Severe heel pain immediately following an injury of any kind
While it’s possible to perform self-care for a slight heel issue, we recommend allowing a specialist to examine the heel to ensure no damage has occurred.
We offer programs to resolve common heel problems in patients who experience pain or discomfort each day. Our experienced team utilizes custom orthotics, physical therapy, night splints, walking boots, massage, taping regimes, and even cortisone injections. With a bit of patience, these treatments will ensure that the pain subsides and your heel is back in top shape.
To arrive at a specific diagnosis, a foot and ankle surgeon will examine both your heel and medical history. Afterward, the specialist may rule out various causes for the heel pain before settling on a diagnosis and treatment option.
Are you having heel pain? Contact the team at Premier Podiatry to make your appointment today!