Do you spend more time on the couch than you'd like due to heel pain? The foot doctors at the Center for Podiatric Medicine in River North and Schaumburg, IL, share information on common causes of heel pain and explain how your podiatrist can help ease your symptoms.
Stress fractures are overuse injuries that may occur if you exercise more intensely or for longer than normal, or decide to suddenly start an ambitious exercise program after being inactive. Stress fractures cause small cracks in your bones that can be quite painful. Rest and over-the-counter pain medications can help reduce your pain. If it continues, your foot doctor may recommend that you wear a boot or cast to relieve pressure on your foot during the healing process.
Although arthritis most often affects the fingers, hips, knees and spine, it can also affect your heel, particularly if you've had a heel injury at some point in your life. If you have pain in your heel due to arthritis, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections may be helpful. Orthotics, custom-made shoe inserts that support and reposition your foot, may also reduce your pain.
Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, occurs due to an inflammation of your plantar fascia. The fascia is a long band of connective tissue that connects your heel to your toes on the underside of your foot. Your podiatrist can recommend several exercises aimed at gently stretching the fascia and reducing your pain. Night splints that stretch the fascia while you sleep and orthotics may also be recommended. These treatments help most people in the River North and Schaumburg areas recover from plantar fascia, although a small percentage of people may need surgery.
Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the bottom of your heel bone. They may develop after you've had plantar fasciitis, but can also occur due to overuse injuries, unsupportive shoes, tight calf muscles or obesity. Rest, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections, Shockwave Therapy (EPAT) and orthotics are often used to decrease pain. Luckily, surgery isn't needed very often but can be helpful in your pain is severe or doesn't respond to conservative treatment methods.
Find relief for your heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Medicine by calling (312) 923-1100 for the River North, IL, office or (847)352-1473 for the Schaumburg, IL, office.