Heel Pain

There are many causes of Heel pain, it can be caused from a condition known as plantar fasciitis, or when a heel spur is present. Heel pain can also be caused from several other causes, this is why it is very important to speak with your podiatrist with the signs of heel pain.

Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is the acute or chronic inflammation of the plantar fascia band, this band extends from the heels to the toes.

General symptoms include:
Pain on the bottom of the heel 
May feel less pain in the morning but gets worse throughout the day
Increases over a period of time

What can cause Plantar Fasciitis?
There are many causes of Plantar Fasciitis including having either high or low arches. The plantar fascia stretches and becomes inflamed most commonly from wearing improper shoes, ie. flop flops. It can also be caused from walking on hard surfaces, putting abnormal strain on feet, and even obesity.

Common Treatments Include
Rest, and Night Splint: Night splint is worn during the night as much as possible to keep the foot and ankle in line. Resting and positioning the foot keeps the fascia from stretching.
Ice: rolling a frozen bottle under the foot keeps the inflammation down.
Stretching Exercises: Stretching, without over stretching, keeps the fascia exercised and limber.
Injections: Injections are done with an ultra sound machine, so our physicians can see right where the inflammation is, this makes the injections more effective.
Orthotics: Orthotics keep the arch in place during the day, while your shoes are one. This is important for support and alignment throughout the day. Keeps the fascia from stretching or over extending.
Physical Therapy can be prescribed to ensure your treatment is effective in keeping your pain to a minimum. Generally Physical Therapy is a last resort for patients who are not feeling relief from other treatments.