One in 10 people will experience heel pain at some point in their life. Heel pain can be annoying and greatly affect things that should be second nature, like walking or standing. While heel pain is a common complaint in runners, anyone can experience it. Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI, can help you determine the cause of your heel pain in order to treat it correctly.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain usually gradually builds over time and is worse when weight or pressure is put onto the heel. This is especially noticeable while walking or standing or first thing in the morning. Symptoms include pain, swelling, heat and redness. While heel pain can be caused by many things, there are some common culprits. They include:
- plantar fasciitis
- trauma or sudden injury
- Achilles tendonitis
- bone spurs
- pinched nerves
- stress fractures
When should I see my podiatrist?
The sooner you see your doctor, the better. If left untreated or unsupervised, heel pain could turn into something much worse. If you experience pain so severe that it is impossible to walk or if the pain lasts longer than a few weeks, you should see your doctor. If your heel pain occurs with any numbness or tingling, this could be a sign of nerve damage. If accompanied by a fever, your heel pain could mean a bone infection. In both cases, you should seek medical attention immediately.
What are the options for treatment?
At-home treatments like plenty of rest, stretching or exercises, changing your shoes and using an ice pack or over-the-counter medications may be beneficial to mild cases of heel pain. However, your doctor uses x-rays, blood tests, MRIs or ultrasounds to see inside your foot to determine the base cause of your pain. This allows more pointed treatment to take place.
Your doctor may prescribe orthotics to align the bones or muscles or distribute pressure evenly. Physical therapy is another option, depending on your condition. In some cases, prescription anti-inflammatory medication relieves pain. In the most severe cases, surgery is required.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Drs. Thomas Hosey and Ryan Murphy at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI. Call to speak with an associate about scheduling your appointment today!