A little heel pain can be completely normal and expected from time to time, especially for active people who spend a lot of time on their feet. Everything from uncomfortable shoes with insufficient support, to an aggressive workout routine or long day spent pounding the pavement can manifest by way of a little pain and strain on the old calcaneus (heel bone). But when pain becomes a regular part of life, it can be a sign of an injury or orthopedic problem.
The foot and ankle doctors at Diamond Podiatry Associates in Macungie, Quakertown and Bethlehem, PA offer comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options to help get to the bottom of your heel pain.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Macungie, Quakertown and Bethlehem, PA
The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which causes pain on the bottom of the heel when the band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes (plantar fascia) becomes swollen and inflamed.
Other potential causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis (causes pain to the back of the heel)
- Bone spurs
- Neuropathy (common complication of diabetes)
- Stress fractures
When to See a Podiatrist
If pain is persistent and does not respond to conservative treatments like rest, icing and over the counter medication like Motrin or Advil, or alleviates and frequently returns, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to help determine the source of the pain. Treatment for heel and ankle pain will depend on the underlying cause.
In many cases, common bio-mechanical problems like flat feet (also known as low arches) cause additional pressure and strain on the tendons and joints in the feet, which can lead to inflammation and pain. Supportive footwear and arch supports (orthotics) can help to keep the ankles and feet in alignment, and decrease the risk of developing common foot and ankle injuries.
Find a Podiatrist in Macungie, Quakertown and Bethlehem, PA
If you are experiencing chronic pain or other signs and symptoms of a foot and ankle injury, contact Diamond Podiatry Associates to schedule an appointment today.