Heel pain is among the most common symptom of individuals with various ankle and foot disorders. This pain is typically felt in the foot’s undersurface, the plantar surface, or in the heel’s back surface. Although a painful heel might not always cause extreme pain or be disabling, they’re definitely bothersome enough that simple tasks like standing or walking could be affected.
It is sometimes, however, difficult to determine the cause of heel pain. Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip Watkins, can determine what’s causing your heel pain and make appropriate treatment recommendations for it in our Warren, MI, Macomb, MI, or St. Clair Shores, MI, office. With this in mind, the following are conditions that usually cause heel, ankle, and/or foot pain.
This develops when the plantar fascia, the thick band of fibrous muscle extending from your heel’s bottom portion to your toes, becomes inflamed. It could cause considerable pain but could be treated properly if diagnosed early.
This occurs when the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed and is usually a result of overuse injuries. Left unaddressed, it could progress to a chronic degenerative disorder called Achilles tendinosis, which would be more difficult to treat.
This condition develops when the bursa, the sac cushioning your joints and enables your muscles and tendons to move effortlessly, gets inflamed. When it occurs in the heel, it results in pain similar to bruising in the heel’s back area.
Sever’s Disease or Calcaneal Apophysitis
With this heel disorder, the heel’s growth plate at the back becomes irritated due to increased activity or new ill-fitting shoes. This is the most common heel pain cause in growing, active kids.
How to Manage Your Heel Pain
When you come in for your consultation with your podiatrist in our Warren, MI, Macomb, MI, or St. Clair Shores, MI, office, you’ll be given techniques to manage your heel pain that may include a combination of the following:
- Specific stretching exercises for the feet, calves, and ankles
- Well-cushioned, durable, and supportive shoe gear for safeguarding the affected heel
- Customized orthotics, arch supports, and/or shoe inserts for extra protection
- Avoidance of wearing slippers or sandals, and walking barefoot
- Ice application for pain relief
- Massage therapy for the arches and heels
- Restricted physical activities
- Using a night splint to avoid further tightening the affected tissue when at rest
- Steroid or cortisone injections
- Medicines such as NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Weight loss
In the event that these don’t work to relieve your symptoms, casting, or surgical intervention might be recommended. Generally speaking, however, surgery is only recommended if all conservative therapies have been attempted and failed.
For Help Alleviating Your Heel Pain, Give Us a Call
Reach out to us here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers to schedule an appointment or telemedicine session with one of our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, or Dr. Philip Watkins. You can call our St. Clair Shores, MI, office at (586) 779-6140, Warren, MI, office at (586) 756-3338, and our Macomb, MI, office at (586) 416-3668.
Due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak, we are now offering Telemedicine services. Please call the office and ask for a Telemedicine call. We will still be seeing patients in the office on an as-needed basis.