Heel Pain: Relief, Causes, Treatments, and Prevention

Heel pain is extremely common to experience. This can occur first step in the morning, after a long day at work, going out, or even after a strenuous workout. A common cause is plantar fasciitis. Getting the correct diagnosis and early treatment is very important to prevent this from becoming a difficult to treat chronic issue. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation that occurs at the connection point of a thick fibrous band at the bottom of your foot, which attaches to your heel bone all the way to your metatarsals, which establishes a framework for your arch. If symptoms include pain when first stepping out of bed or even sharp, stabbing, pain at the heel when transitioning from a sitting to standing position frequently, make sure to visit your doctor.

Heel spurs are a common foot condition defined by a bony-like growth made from an excess of calcium deposits that develop from the bottom of your heel bone towards the foot’s arch over time. Dull ache at the heel and bottom of the foot, sharp pain at the heel and bottom of the foot, inflammation and swelling around the heel area or bottom of the foot, small visible bone-like protrusion under the heel, and tenderness or warmth felt around the heel area are all symptoms of heel spur.

To prevent heel pain, avoid wearing improper footwear (inadequate support), avoid continued activity on hard surfaces, maintain a healthy weight, stretch before you exercise, don’t wear heels consistently, and avoid jobs that require you to stand and/or walk most of your shift on hard surfaces like concrete.

Thankfully you can treat heel pain without surgery. Some options include a night splint, custom-molded orthotics, shockwave therapy, EPAT, prescribed or over-the-counter non-steroidal and inflammatory (NSAIDs), a short course of a low dose oral steroid, or a series of corticosteroid injections. If pain increases or treatment isn’t helping, surgery is the final treatment option.

Make sure to speak to your physician about any pain you have been experiencing or even give us a call today. We will be happy to help!

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