Don’t let heel pain keep you from your daily routine. We can help!
It can be startling to get up in the morning and notice a stabbing pain in your heel. What could it be? While heel pain is a very common issue with many different causes, it’s important to understand what’s going on and when you should turn to our Ellicott City, MD, podiatrist, Dr. John Murphy, for care.
The Causes of Heel Pain
The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. These conditions lead to inflammation of and around the heel. If you experience pain under the heel this is most likely due to plantar fasciitis, whereas pain located above the heel bone is often caused by Achilles tendonitis.
Of course, there are other problems that can also lead to heel pain including,
- Stress fractures
- Sprains and strains
- Ruptured Achilles tendon
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
- Haglund’s deformity (a bony protrusion that develops on the back of the heel)
Visiting a Podiatrist
When you come into our Ellicott City office for an evaluation, our foot doctor will ask you a series of questions that pertain to the symptoms you are experiencing. Some questions include,
Q. Where is the pain located?
Q. How would you describe the pain you are experiencing (e.g. burning; stabbing)
Q. When did the pain begin?
We will also physically examine your foot to check for anything that may be affecting the ligaments, bones, nerves, or soft tissue. While some cases of heel pain can be diagnosed through a simple physical exam and by discussing your symptoms, we may need to run imaging tests such as X-rays to confirm your diagnosis. By determining the cause of your heel pain, we can provide you with the right treatment plan to suit your needs.
If you are managing your heel pain with simple at-home measures like icing, resting, compression, and pain relievers but aren’t experiencing any relief from your symptoms, you should also schedule an appointment with our podiatrist so that we can create a more effective course of action for treating your condition.
Seeking Relief? Give Us a Call!
Maryland Podiatry Center located in Ellicott City, MD, is dedicated to providing a wide range of foot and ankle treatment options. Don’t let heel pain affect your quality of life—call our office today at (410) 992-8504 to find out what’s going on and learn how we can help you!