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Heel pain

Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common reason for a trip to the podiatrist.  Heel pain should not be ignored as it may be a sign of a condition such as plantar fasciitis, an Achilles tendon injury, a bone spur, or a combination of plantar fasciitis and a bone spur, known as heel spur syndrome. Left untreated, your pain will likely increase, so it’s important to see a top podiatrist in Ohio if you’re experiencing heel pain.

What is the most common cause of heel pain?

Plantar fasciitis is responsible for most heel pain.  This is the medical term for inflammation of the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes.  When this thick band becomes irritated and inflamed it can lead to foot pain.  Plantar fasciitis is commonly found in individuals with flat feet or high arches.  

Achilles tendonitis can also cause heel pain.  The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, and overuse or injury can lead to significant pain not only in your heel but along the back of your leg as well.  Achilles tendonitis should be treated as the first sign of pain so that the tendon can heal.  Untreated Achilles tendonitis can lead to an Achilles rupture which is a very painful condition, that can require major surgery to repair.  

The third cause of heel pain may be a heel spur (also called a bone spur).  A heel spur is a bony-like growth caused by a calcium deposit beneath your heel pone.  The spur itself may not hurt, but it can lead to heel pain.  

How do I get rid of the pain in my heel?

Pain in your heel may respond well to conservative treatments including:

  • Physical therapy/stretching exercises
  • Change in footwear
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Orthotics
  • Steroid injections
  • Limiting activity
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

In severe cases of heel spur syndrome or plantar fasciitis, surgery may be recommended by Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists. 

Will heel pain go away on its own?

It may. However, you should do what you can to rest, ice, and stretch your feet. Be sure you’re also wearing support shoes that do not pinch.  If it doesn’t go away within a relatively short period of time, schedule an appointment with Ohio Foot and Ankle Specialists for diagnosis and treatment.