Heel pain is a very common problem. According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, heel pain is the most common foot complaint in the U.S. Due to a combination of factors like spending a lot of time on the feet, wearing shoes with inadequate foot and ankle support, family history and foot type and shape, a majority of adults will experience heel pain at some point in time. While a little foot pain and discomfort from time to time is typically normal, ongoing heel pain can be a sign of an injury or condition like plantar fasciitis. Dr. John Murphy, a podiatrist in Ellicott City, MD, treats a range of heel and ankle conditions and injuries at Maryland Podiatry Center.
Foot and Ankle Pain and Injury Treatment in Ellicott City, MD
There are several underlying causes for heel pain, the most common being plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis. Other possible causes of persistent heel pain include:
- Stress fracture
- Bone spurs
- Tendon rupture
- Peripheral neuropathy
Heel pain can affect the bottom or back of the heel, depending on the cause. Plantar fasciitis pain, which results from inflammation and strain to the plantar fascia, the large band of tissue that stretches from the heel to the base of the toes, develops on the bottom of the heel. If you strain or injure your Achilles tendon, you will feel the pain at the back of the heel.
When to See a Podiatrist for Your Heel Pain
Schedule an appointment for a foot exam if your pain lasts more than a few days, or if you are experiencing additional symptoms like stiffness, swelling, difficulty flexing, bending, or putting pressure on your foot, numbness, tingling, or signs of infection like a fever. Don't wait to see a foot doctor if the pain results from an accident, sports injury, or trauma.
Treatment options will depend on the cause and severity of your heel pain, but can range from conservative treatment like rest, physical therapy, and supportive inserts like orthotics, to medication, EPAT Shockwave Therapy or surgery in cases of severe problems.
Podiatrist in Ellicott City, MD
For more information on the causes and treatment options for heel pain and other foot and ankle disorders, contact Maryland Podiatry Center by calling (410) 992-8504 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy today.