Heel pain can be a common foot problem that affects people of all ages. It can be caused by a variety of factors such as overuse, injury, or underlying medical conditions. At Marion County Podiatry, we understand the discomfort and frustration that comes with heel pain, and we’re here to help.
Here are some frequently asked questions about heel pain, along with our expert answers:
Q: What is Heel Pain?
A: Heel pain can cause trouble in people at any age. It can be due to a medical condition, injury, or your foot structure. Heel pain can be due to many different conditions that need to be diagnosed by your Podiatrist. Some of the more common reasons for Heel Pain is Heel Spur Syndrome, Plantar Fasciitis,tendonitis, Haglund’s Deformity, Stress Fracture, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, or low back problems. A more common condition in children is Sever’s Disease.
Depending on your symptoms your doctor may order special tests including x-rays, MRI, CT scan, or blood work. Treatment will be based on there findings.
Q: What are some common causes of heel pain?
A: Some common causes of heel pain include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, stress fractures, and nerve entrapment. Other factors such as poor footwear choices, obesity, and certain medical conditions like arthritis can also contribute to heel pain.
Q: How is heel pain diagnosed?
A: The diagnosis of heel pain is typically made through a physical exam and medical history review. Your podiatrist may also order imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI to rule out any underlying conditions.
Q: What are some treatment options for heel pain?
A: Treatment options for heel pain vary depending on the underlying cause. Conservative treatments may include rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE), stretching exercises, and orthotic devices. In some cases, medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed. If conservative treatments fail, more advanced options such as corticosteroid injections or surgery may be recommended.
Q: Can heel pain be prevented?
A: In some cases, heel pain can be prevented by wearing supportive shoes, maintaining a healthy weight, stretching before and after exercise, and avoiding activities that put excessive strain on the feet. It’s important to address any foot pain or discomfort as soon as possible to prevent it from becoming a chronic problem.
Q: When should I see a podiatrist for heel pain?
A: If your heel pain persists for more than a few days or interferes with your daily activities, it’s important to seek medical attention from a podiatrist. Prompt treatment can help prevent the condition from getting worse and potentially leading to complications.
At Marion County Podiatry, our experienced podiatrists are dedicated to providing personalized and effective treatment for all types of foot and ankle problems. If you’re experiencing heel pain or any other foot-related issue, don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule an appointment.