It's hard to do the things you enjoy when you suffer from heel pain. Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, Dr. Julie Mrozek and Dr. Adam Thompson; your Warren, Macomb and St. Clair Shores, MI foot doctors at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, discuss common causes of heel pain and explain how you can find relief for your symptoms.
Why do I have heel pain?
Heel pain can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Fractures: Heel fractures aren't that common but they can occur if you jump from a significant height, fall off a ladder or are in a car accident. If you notice pain, swelling and bruising that doesn't seem to get better, and you've fallen or been in an accident, a fracture may be to blame.
- Stone Bruises: Stone bruises not only hurt but also make it feel as if you've got a marble stuck in your shoe every time you take a step. The bruises are common if you step on a hard object or participate in a sport that subject your feet to constant pressure, such as running back and forth on a basketball court or long-distance running.
- Retrocalcaneal Bursitis: An inflammation or irritation of your retrocalcaneal bursa can cause heel pain. The bursa is found in the area where your Achilles tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel. Participating in any sport or activity that involves significant running, walking or jumping can increase your risk of developing the condition.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that extends from your heel to your toes, can cause heel pain. The cause of the condition isn't always known, but you may be more likely to develop it if you are overweight, work on you feet, participate in activities that stress the heel or are between the ages of 40 to 60.
How can a podiatrist help me?
Rest and over-the-counter pain medications are the gold standards of home care for any injury. If your pain doesn't begin to improve with home care, your foot doctor can offer treatments that will help you heal and recover. Treatment depends on the cause of your pain, but many types of heel pain can be relieved with shoe inserts, cortisone injections, special stretching exercises, physical therapy, prescription pain medications or boots or casts to support your heel while it heals. If your injury or problem is severe or doesn't respond to other treatments, surgery may be needed. We offer minimal incision surgery which has a minimal recovery time.
Relieve your heel pain with treatment options offered by your podiatrist. Call Drs. Benenati, Shaw, Mrozek and Thompson, your Warren, Macomb and St. Clair Shores, MI, foot doctors at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers to schedule your appointment.