Heel Pain: Common Causes and Treatments
By Avon Podiatry Associates
November 02, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain   EPAT  

Find out how your Avon, CT, podiatrist can help you with your heel pain

Dr. Richard Grayson, your Avon, CT, podiatrist at Avon Podiatry Associates, has years of experience and knowledge of how to examineheel pain feet, prescribe the proper course of treatment, and resolve any issues and problems like heel pain.

What could be causing heel pain?

Many people start to feel pain when the plantar fascia (a connective tissue that extends from the heel bone, across the arch, and to the toes) becomes irritated or inflamed.

This occurs when the foot rolls inward excessively while walking. The incessant rolling makes the foot flatten—an occurrence that lengthens the arch and adds tension on the connective tissue, causing inflammation and producing pain.

What are some other causes of heel pain?

  • Heel spurs, a growth on the bone that may be painless in many cases but may also result in chronic pain
  • Gout, which is the buildup of uric acid salts, a normal byproduct of the diet, in the joints
  • Arthritis, which is swelling of cartilage and lining in joints

There are other disorders and issues as well including, collagen disorders, nerve injuries, heel bone abnormalities, and tumors.

How do I care for my heel pain?

Here are a few noninvasive options to consider.

  • Wear comfortable shoes made of soft rubber
  • Take medications according to your podiatrist's orders in addition to medicine such as ibuprofen that can help reduce inflammation
  • Relax your feet and don't overexert yourself
  • Apply ice packs and orthotic devices
  • Go to physical therapy
  • Stretch our your feet daily
  • Avoid rigorous sports and exercises

If all else fails, there's the option of getting a surgical treatment that'll eliminate heel pain and remove connective tissue and heel spurs. For cases that don't respond to conservative treatments, ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment) may be needed. These shock waves target the heel and stimulate the body's natural healing response.

Do you need a consultation?

For more information regarding your heel pain, contact your Avon, CT, podiatrist by calling (860) 677-7733 to schedule an appointment.

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