Heel Pain Q & A
What are common causes of heel pain?
Heel pain is rarely a cause for serious concern. It generally isn’t a sign of a worrisome underlying condition, although it can be in rare cases.
Here are some potential causes of heel pain:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Heel spur
- Joint inflammation (bursitis)
However, the most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition marked by inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes.
How can I care for my heel pain at home?
If you experience heel pain accompanied by swelling and limited range of motion, it’s probably a good idea to temporarily stay off the foot, avoid strenuous physical activity, and try at-home remedies.
Plenty of rest, icing the area to bring down swelling, and over-the-counter pain medications can all be very helpful. Trying new, more comfortable shoes or foot inserts to relieve pressure can also be useful.
When should I seek medical attention for heel pain?
Heel pain can interfere with exercise, or, depending on how severe it is, even everyday tasks or your occupation. When your heel pain persists for more than a few days and doesn’t improve with home remedies, such as rest and icing, you may want to seek medical attention. However, if you notice heel pain directly stemming from a sports injury, that may indicate something more serious.
Dr. Deacon can offer a professional diagnosis and prescribe a personalized treatment plan to relieve your pain.
How is heel pain treated?
First, Dr. Deacon performs a thorough physical evaluation and, in some cases, imaging tests to assess the tissue, muscles, ligaments, and tendons involved. This allows him to make a diagnosis and get to the root cause of your heel pain.
In most cases, heel pain can be effectively treated with conservative measures. However, in cases of sports injuries that lead to Achilles damage or a ruptured tendon, surgery, and physical therapy post surgery, may be needed to return you to full strength.
If you experience a sports injury or notice persisting heel pain that’s holding you back, call Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.