If heel pain has you propping your feet up all day, find out what might be going on.
Perhaps it was the first few steps getting up in the morning or it was when you went on your daily run, but at some point, you realize you are dealing with heel pain. If this is happening to you then it seems only natural that you want to know what’s going on. Our Moorestown, NJ, podiatrist Dr. Howard Abramsohn is here to tell you what might be the culprit and at what point you should seek proper medical care.
So, what causes heel pain? Well, a host of issues could be at work here including arthritis, a stress fracture or tendonitis, to name a few; however, the most common cause tends to be a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Maybe you’ve heard of this problem before and maybe you haven’t.
This inflammatory condition affects the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, which runs along the soles from the toes to the heel bone. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed or irritated, often from overuse, they cause heel pain that may also radiate to the arches.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
It’s important to understand why this condition comes about so that you can prevent it from happening in the future. If you have a structural imbalance such as flat feet or highly arched feet this can often lead to poor biomechanics and increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
It’s important to always wear the proper footwear that offers stability, support and shock absorption, particularly when active. Whether you play sports or you are a runner it’s also important that if you want to increase your activity level or the intensity level that you do so gradually. Often times, plantar fasciitis appears because you’ve too quickly increased the intensity or duration of a workout.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The classic symptom is heel pain; however, as we mentioned before, the pain may also radiate to the arches of the foot. You’ll notice that pain is worse after resting or when first getting up in the morning. The pain will often dissipate as you continue moving around; however, the pain will come back if you are spending a lot of time on your feet.
How do I treat my heel pain?
Most of the time this condition can be treated with simple at-home measures such as wearing protective footwear, avoiding certain activities, taking pain relievers, or turning to our Moorestown, NJ, foot doctor to create custom orthotics (shoe inserts) or to show you certain stretching exercises.
Of course, if symptoms are severe or don’t go away you may need to consider other more aggressive treatment options such as physical therapy, corticosteroid injections or wearing a night splint.
If your heel pain is severe, affecting your daily activities or isn’t improved with at-home care then it’s time to call Ambulatory Foot and Ankle Associates in Moorestown, NJ. We can figure out what’s truly going on and create a treatment plan that will get you on the road to recovery.