Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis

Heel Pain, Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain Plantar fasciitis

Heel pain (often caused by planter fasciitis) is the most common problems our foot doctors treat. Closely related to heel pain is arch pain in the foot. People may refer to heel or arch pain from plantar fasciitis as heel spur syndrome when a heel spur is involved in causing the heel pain.

Other problems can also cause heel and arch pain, such as a heel spur, stress fracture, tendon tear, pinched nerve (or tarsal tunnel syndrome), inflamed ligament, bone cyst, or even a tumor.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of a thick ligament found on the bottom of the heel and arch of the foot called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia can tear or rupture in severe cases, making the pain in the heel much worse.

As an aside, some patients (and even some doctors) will confuse plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Even in cases where a large heel spur is present, often plantar fasciitis alone is the cause of heel pain. Our podiatrist will determine if a spur is an issue in your heel, arch or foot pain.

Plantar fasciitis develops often in people who have an abnormal foot structure or whose foot does not move as correctly as it should (foot doctors call this abnormal biomechanics). For example, patients with a foot that has too low or too high an arch are more susceptible to plantar fasciitis and heel pain. Often, the heel or arch will hurt with the first step of the day – the moment you get out of bed.

Expert Diagnosis of Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

The first thing our podiatrist will do when a patient comes to see us with heel pain, arch pain and/or plantar fasciitis, is to perform a thorough examination of the foot to ensure that the cause of the heel or arch pain is due to plantar fasciitis and nothing else. In some cases heel pain or arch pain may be the result of several problems simultaneously, such as plantar fasciitis, a heel spur, Achilles tendinitis and a nerve problem (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome or a pinched nerve).

Our foot doctors often use our in-office digital x-ray to check the heel and foot bones, and may use our diagnostic ultrasound technology to “see” the plantar fascia.

Treatment Options for Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Our podiatrists use a variety of treatments to alleviate heel pain in patients from here in Northwest Indiana and elsewhere. We have had the honor of alleviating heel pain and plantar fasciitis for people from just everywhere in Northwest Indiana, including Merrillville, Winfield, Schererville, Valparaiso, Dyer, Portage, Gary, Dyer, Highland, St. John, Griffith, Lowell, Wheatfield, DeMotte, Rensselaer, Hammond, Munster, Lafayette, Kouts, Hobart, Michigan City and Chesterton.

Treatment for heel pain and plantar fasciitis may range conservative care heel treatments to physical therapy to outpatient surgery procedures.

Conservative Treatment of Heel Pain and Plantar Fasciitis

Because abnormal motion in the foot and/or foot structure contributes to heel pain/plantar fasciitis, our podiatrists often solve the problem by making our heel or arch pain patients custom made orthotics. Foot orthotics are special insoles that are made specifically to fit your feet. The orthotics act to nudge your foot to move and function as correctly as your foot is able.

Other measures our foot doctors may use to alleviate heel pain include topical prescription medications that can reduce plantar fasciitis inflammation and the pain. The podiatrist may also prescribe oral anti-inflammatories or a muscle relaxer. In some cases an injection of cortisone or inflammation reducing medicine may be given.

If plantar fasciitis is the sole cause (excuse the pun!) of your heel pain, you can do several things for relief. These measures include wearing sensible supportive shoes, stretches, massage, and if you do not have diabetes, circulation or nerve issues and your doctor says these are safe for you, then you can try using ice or soaking in warm water and Epsom salts.

Before initiating any of these treatment measures, it is important that you see us to make certain that the cause of the heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis, as conservative treatments or “home” remedies could worsen the problem if your heel pain is due to other issues.

To make an appointment to have your heel pain evaluated by our award-winning podiatry office, please call us today at (219)663-2273 or make an appointment online by clicking here now.

Advanced Treatments and Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis

With severe heel pain due to plantar fasciitis that persists despite conservative treatment, our foot doctors use various innovative measures to alleviate the problem, including surgery. These techniques include:

To make an appointment to have your heel pain evaluated by our award-winning podiatry office, please call us today at (219)663-2273 or make an appointment online by clicking here now.

Our award winning podiatry practice treats heel pain, heel spur pain, arch pain and plantar fasciitis for people throughout Northwest Indiana, including Merrillville, Winfield, Schererville, Valparaiso, Dyer, Portage, Gary, Dyer, Highland, St. John, Cedar Lake, Griffith, Lowell, Wheatfield, DeMotte, Rensselaer, Hammond, Munster, Lafayette, Kouts and Chesterton. If you have heel pain, please allow one of our foot doctors the opportunity to help you. Feel free to make an appointment online or call us at (219)663-2273.

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