Heel pain can be debilitating if left untreated. Fortunately, there a variety of ways that an experienced podiatrist can treat heel pain. Understanding where heel pain comes from and how it can be managed can help you live a better life. Here is some helpful information about heel pain, including its possible causes and treatments:
Achilles Tendinitis – Tendinitis is an inflammation of the tendon. In the case of Achilles tendinitis, the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone is the source of inflammation and discomfort. High-impact physical activities such as running or tennis are leading causes for tendinitis.
Excessive Pronation – Pronation is your foot’s way of adapting to uneven surfaces or terrain while walking. Excessive pronation occurs when the foot turns too far inward and causes unnecessary stress throughout your foot and even in your legs, hips, and knees.
Heel Spurs – Heel spurs are calcium deposits that build up under the heel bone as a result of inflammation. Heel spurs often develop in conjunction with plantar fasciitis, and are often associated with overuse or injury.
Cortisone – Cortisone injections are used to treat heel pain associated with injury, strain, and tendinitis. The number of injections a patient requires varies depending on the cause of heel pain and his or her responsiveness to the treatment.
Physical Therapy – Physical therapy includes stretching and exercises designed to increase mobility and flexibility. Physical therapy has proven to be effective for a variety of podiatric conditions and is a particularly helpful treatment for heel pain.
Surgery – In rare cases, surgery may be the best option for eliminating heel pain. If you suffer from a severe structural problem or are completely unresponsive to other forms of treatment, surgery may be appropriate.
If you suffer from heel pain or another painful foot condition, such as ingrown toenails, bunions, or plantar warts, call Family Foot Center at (718) 767-5555. At Family Foot Center, we pride ourselves on providing the best quality of care to patients suffering from foot and leg pain. Call us today to learn more.