There are several conditions that can contribute to heel pain:
- Plantar Fasciitis (Most Common Heel Pain)
- Achilles Tendinitis
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
- Sever’s Disease in Teens
- Stress Fractures
- Heel Neuromas
- Heel Spurs
How we treat heel pain depends on:
- The root cause
- How far the condition has progressed
- And the severity of the pain.
Upon your first visit, we will conduct a thorough examination of your feet, often including an in-office diagnostic ultrasound, digital X-rays and/or a comprehensive gait analysis.
We may also examine the kind of shoes you wear and discuss your lifestyle and level of activity, which helps us rule out any other potential conditions.
Once a diagnosis is made, we employ a mix of treatment options that might include:
- RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation are often recommended to reduce inflammation and allow the foot to heel.
- Orthotics – We use foot orthotics to address the pain and progression of many foot conditions. Designed to fit closely with your own foot, the orthotics relieve stress, supports arches and act as a shock absorber.
- Anti-inflammatory Medications – Many foot conditions involve swelling or inflammation, which can be reduced with over-the-counter and prescribed anti-inflammatories.
- Shoe Changes – You might be surprised how many painful foot conditions are caused by your shoes. We’ll discuss the type of shoes you frequently wear to determine if they may be contributing to your heel pain. We can recommend shoe stores where the staff is trained to properly fit shoes, plus we also have a wide selection of comfortable shoes available.
- Corticosteroid Injections – Some conditions like plantar fasciitis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, heel neuromas and heel spurs can be alleviated with corticosteroid injections.
- Surgery – At Lexington Podiatry, we only use surgery as a last resort after all other options have been exhausted. We will never recommend surgery right away, but will instead look for non-invasive alternatives first.
If you are experiencing heel pain, call our office at 859-264-1411 or make an online appointment.
Have you downloaded Dr. Freels’ FREE Heel Pain e-Book? It’s a great resource complete with great stretches and at-home pain relief remedies.