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Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.
What is a Heel Spur?
A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:
Possessing any walking gait abnormalities
Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces
Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes
Wearing shoes that lack arch support
Being excessively overweight or obese
What are The Symptoms?
Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.
What are the Treatment Options?
The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:
Applying ice on the inflammation
Performing stretch exercises
Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur
Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain
In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs
If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.
Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, you aren’t alone. Foot pain, particularly heel pain, is one of the most common complaints and most people will deal with pain at some point during their lifetime. Whether you are on your feet all day for work or you are a runner, there are many risk factors that can play into your likelihood to deal with heel pain. If heel pain is happening to you, you may be wondering what’s causing it and how you can get rid of the pain quickly.
Causes of Heel Pain
As you might imagine, there are many reasons why you might be experiencing heel pain. The root cause will also determine the best course of action for getting your symptoms under control while providing the optimal healing environment for a speedy recovery.
The most common cause of heel pain is an acute inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. Of course, there are other reasons people experience heel pain. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (an infection of the bone)
- Page’s disease of bone
- Peripheral neuropathy
Heel Pain Treatment Options
For more mild-to-moderate cases of heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend simple conservative treatment options that you can incorporate into your daily routine from the comfort of home. This is usually the first course of action, unless the condition is more serious. Only once we’ve exhausted at-home care and pain is still present do we decide on more aggressive tactics for handling your symptoms.
Common at-home heel pain treatment options include:
- OTC pain relievers (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Icing the heel several times a day
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Wearing custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Wearing protective and supportive shoes
- Resting and avoiding certain activities or high-impact exercises
If you’ve tried these treatment options for weeks and still don’t notice any change in your symptoms—or if symptoms get worse—then it’s time to visit your foot doctor again to determine the next step. If pain and swelling are severe we may recommend steroid injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) or ultrasound therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the imbalance, deformity, or problem that’s causing your chronic or severe heel pain.
Don’t let heel pain affect your day-to-day life when there are simple and easy solutions to manage your symptoms and promote faster healing. Turn to a podiatrist who will be able to handle your heel pain and get your foot health back on track.
Heel pain is one of the leading problems that sends patients to visit their podiatrist, and it’s no wonder. The relentless ache in the bottom of your foot or the sharp pain as you step out of bed in the morning is often enough to persuade even the most stubborn patient to make an appointment with his or her podiatrist.
Because there are many potential causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, nerve damage or arthritis, it’s important to have your foot examined by a podiatrist with expert training in heel pain. Our practice will examine your foot, determine the underlying source of your heel pain, assess your symptoms, make a proper diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan based on your individual case. Early diagnosis and treatment can help prevent more serious problems.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, occurring when the thick band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed. When the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension, tissues of the fascia may tear or stretch, which leads to pain.
Faulty foot structures, such as flat feet or high arches, are common causes of plantar fasciitis. Non-supportive shoes and increased weight or strain may aggravate the condition as well.
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Bottom of the heel pain
- Pain that intensifies after sitting for extended periods of time and subsides after a few minutes of walking
- Pain that worsens over a period of months
Most types of heel pain, once properly diagnosed, can be successfully treated with conservative measures, such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice, rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, footwear modifications and physical therapy. The longer heel pain is allowed to progress, the longer treatment can take. When plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to conservative care, your podiatrist may recommend surgery as a last resort. Always seek care from our office for heel pain in its earliest stages for proper treatment.
The average person doesn't think much about the heel as a crucial part of the foot -- until it becomes painful. Heel pain can disrupt your work, play and exercise routines significantly. If you're feeling discomfort in your heels when you walk or even when you're just standing around, find out how a podiatrist at Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights, MI can help.
When You Have Heel Pain...
Mild heel pain is often barely noticeable, but as it worsens over time it can become impossible to ignore. Pain in the heel can start for numerous reasons. Here are a few possible causes to consider:
- Wearing too-tight shoes that press up or rub against your heel when you walk, creating calluses or rawness (common for women who wear high heels)
- Heel spurs (commonly caused by plantar fasciitis)
- Achilles tendinitis or tendon rupture (common in athletes)
- Bursitis and arthritis (common in patients who work on their feet)
It Shouldn't Be Ignored
Heel pain isn't something that is likely to go away on its own -- especially if you continue the same uncomfortable daily habits and activities. Some patients continue to put pressure and stress on the heel because it doesn’t hurt too badly, but it’s better to pay attention to the problem in its early stages for a quick resolution. Foot problems related to heel pain could develop into issues that require surgical intervention if they persist for a long time.
Heel Pain Cures
Consider these treatments that your Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Sterling Heights podiatrist may suggest to cure your heel pain and get your feet back on the right track:
- Physical therapy to strengthen ligaments and tendons
- Wearing orthopedic shoes or orthotic devices (inserts) prescribed by your foot doctor
- Steroid injections (in the case of arthritic symptoms)
- Surgery in chronic cases
Three Convenient Offices for Heel Treatment
Hosey Foot & Ankle Centers offers three convenient locations for you to visit to consult with a podiatrist about your heel pain. Call the Clinton Township location at (586) 263-4411, the Mount Clemens location at (586) 468-5445 or the Sterling Heights office at (586) 275-3000 today to schedule an appointment.
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!