TREATMENTS: Heel Pain
TREATMENTS FOR YOUR FEET, ANKLES & LOWER LEGS
Many of our patients suffer from similar foot and ankle conditions; however, we treat each case uniquely. By understanding not only your podiatric disease, deformity, or other medical condition, but also your specific lifestyle needs, we can better create a course of treatment or recommend footwear that will help relieve your issues.
The complexity of the workings of your feet and ankles makes this a part of your body that may need significant attention, so we don’t rush you through treatment. At our office, we take the time to provide you with comprehensive foot care education and give you the treatment that you need and deserve.
Do You have Heel Pain?
Many people suffer from heel pain. It’s the number one reason foot patients seek help from our Fort Myers heel pain specialists. People who spend a lot of time on their feet standing or walking each day are often most affected by heel pain.
Whether a bruise, the plantar fasciitis, heel spur, achilles or another foot issue, heel pain is very real and should be addressed immediately. Heel pain can usually get better without having to elect for surgery but addressing the pain early with a top certified podiatrist is essential.
More about Heel Pain
According to the American Pediatric Medical Association (APMA), “Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear (such as flimsy flip-flops); or being overweight.”
If you have under your heel you may find that you have one of these conditions:
- Stone bruise: You’ve stepped on a rock or stone and have bruised the underside of your heel.
- Plantar fasciitis: This is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed)
- Heel spur: If plantar fasciitis continues for a long time, a heel spur may form. A heel spur is a pointed bony outgrowth of the bone of the heel (the calcaneus bone).
- Excessive Pronation: Excessive pronation may also contribute to injury to the knee, hip and lower back. Pronation is the normal flexible motion and flattening of the arch of the foot that allows it to adapt to ground surfaces and absorb shock in the normal walking pattern. The excessive inward motion can create an unusual amount of stretching and pulling on the ligaments and tendons attaching to the bottom back of the heel bone.
- Achilles tendon: The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects the calf muscles at the back of the lower heel to the heel bone. The Achilles tendon is named after the Greek hero, Achilles. The mythological story states that the tendon in Achilles’ heel was the only vulnerable part of his otherwise invulnerable body. Achilles downfall occurred when the tendon at the back of his heel was shot with an arrow. Achilles pain it is most commonly seen in runners or individuals who play sports, such as tennis or basketball, it is caused by overuse. In severe cases, when tearing of the tendon occurs, surgery may be required.
Let’s Handle Your Heel Pain
Surgery is always the last option for how we handle your heel pain at Fort Myers Foot Doctors. You may fear that is the only options but the good news is, there are many ways to help you before surgery is needed. Obviously, every case is different but our Fort Myers foot specialists would like to try non-invasive options first, if possible. Arch supports, heel cushions, custom orthotics, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen can help as well.
The doctor will do a thorough physical examination but then may need to do x-rays to determine the exact cause of the heel pain.
Once our Fort Myers certified podiatrist locates the cause of your discomfort, he will develop a treatment plan to alleviate your ongoing pain. Again the doctor will explore all non-surgical options first, even having you be fitted with prescription foot orthotics designed to correct the cause of your foot pain. If all of these measures fail, surgery followed by the continued use of orthotics may be required as a last resort.
Heel Pain Treatment Tips
- Avoid going barefoot, even in your home
- Ice the area
- Invest on good, supportive footwear
- Pain medication, such as ibuprofen
It is common for heel pain to persist indefinitely if left untreated. Before you have issues with your feet, contact a foot specialist, like Dr. Joseph Campbell and Dr. Bradley Habuda who are experienced with all variants of heel pain. So if you’re looking for the best heel pain foot care in Fort Myers, contact us today.
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