Find out what might be behind your heel pain and how to treat it.
Whether you are an avid runner or you are always on the go for work, there are many risk factors that can increase your chances of developing heel pain. If you woke up one day with aching heels then you may be wondering what’s going on and when to visit your Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, podiatrists for care.
What are the causes of heel pain?
The most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel bone becomes inflamed and irritated. Even though plantar fasciitis is often to blame for heel pain, there are other conditions and issues that could be the culprit including:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Bone spur
- Heel pad inflammation
- Stress fractures
What causes plantar fasciitis?
This condition is often the result of overuse. When the plantar fascia tissue have been overstretched or overworked this can lead to micro tears, which can cause the tissue to become inflamed. If you have plantar fasciitis you may notice pain not only under the heel but also in the arches of the foot.
Athletes (particularly runners), those who are overweight and those who have to stand most of the day for work are more prone to developing this condition at some point during their lifetime.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Since your foot pain can be caused by a variety of different issues, it’s important that you visit your foot doctor in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, if you are experiencing foot pain or other symptoms. We will need to go through your symptoms and examine your foot before we can make a proper diagnosis. Most of the time, plantar fasciitis will go away on its own. Our goal is to provide you with a treatment plan that will alleviate your symptoms until the problem has healed.
Are you dealing with heel pain? Need a little relief? Diamond Podiatry & Podiatry Associates are here to help. We offer three convenient locations in Bethlehem, Macungie and Quakertown, PA, so that you can get the foot care you need when you need it most.