Heel pain has a number of possible causes, but some of the most common include plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and heel spurs. Regardless of the origins of your heel pain, the foot care specialists at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists in Aberdeen, New Jersey, offer expert diagnosis and compassionate care. Use the online booking tool anytime, or call the office for your appointment now.
There are many reasons you might have heel pain, including:
By far the most common reason for heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis happens when the ligament connecting the heel to the rest of your foot gets highly irritated due to overuse or strain. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp heel pain in the mornings. As you move around, the pain gradually recedes, but then returns after long periods of rest.
A heel spur is a tiny hooklike growth, a calcium deposit, on the bottom of your heel. Heel spurs typically happen when your foot muscles and ligaments grow strained, but they can also be caused by unsupportive footwear, rheumatoid arthritis, or repetitive foot stress. Heel spurs don't always cause pain, but in some men and women, they cause severe sharp pain at the very back of the heel.
Achilles tendonitis is a condition that occurs when your Achilles tendon, which goes down your ankle, gets badly strained and inflamed. Usually, Achilles tendonitis develops in runners who recently increased their exercise routine. Sometimes, Achilles tendonitis can also cause a heel spur. This condition typically causes pain at the back of your heel, and sometimes on the bottom of your heel if you also have a heel spur.
Although these are some of the most common heel pain triggers, other conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or irregular foot alignment can also cause heel pain.
If your heel pain doesn't resolve with a few days of RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), it's best to see the podiatrist to narrow down the cause and get effective treatment. Never try to force activity when you're having heel pain because you could easily worsen the problem or even cause new additional issues.
After diagnosing your exact cause of heel pain, your Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists podiatrist customizes treatment for your condition. Some of the many treatment options include:
Usually, heel pain resolves with noninvasive treatments. Your podiatrist can also help you make some healthy changes to prevent recurring heel pain in the future.
For heel pain relief from the foot and ankle experts, click the online scheduler or call Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists today.