What causes heel pain? The condition called plantar fasciitis, along with heel spurs, which are typically a result of plantar fasciitis, is the primary reason for that pain. And when your heel hurts, it can be uncomfortable or even impossible to even stand, let alone walk. That can affect everything from work to getting around and conducting your normal routine. Our Stuart podiatrist can evaluate, diagnose, and treat your heel pain, getting you back to the point where you feel normal again.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes becomes inflamed. The reason is that the tissue becomes stretched out too much and small tears begin to form. This causes both the inflammation and the pain. Heel spurs, which may develop later on, can complicate the issue even more. In addition, you may end up standing or walking so as to favor the heel that is in pain. That can leave your foot in an unnatural position, with the weight on the ball of your foot, leading only to further problems. Let our Stuart podiatrist examine you and get to the root of the problem.
Prevention is always superior to treatment. So we suggest that you avoid spending any extended time on your feet, if you can. Consider losing weight if you need to in order to relieve the pressure that the excess weight puts on your feet. And always wear shoes with good arch supports and thicker soles. When heel pain does show up, though, schedule an appointment with our Stuart podiatrist. Among the ways that heel pain will be managed is with the help of orthotics, either over-the-counter or ones prescribed by Dr. Taub. You may benefit from applying ice to the effected area, especially before going to sleep. In more difficult instances, ultrasound treatments or steroid injections can be helpful.
When you do have heel pain, don’t wait for it to go away. That could just allow the problem to get worse. Instead, come see our Stuart podiatrist. There is no need to suffer when you don’t have to.