Here are two important things to understand about heel pain:
- If your heels have consistently hurt, just hoping it goes away is not going to help.
- In most heel pain cases, there is a form of treatment that will help.
Unfortunately, way too many people endure painful heels—often from first thing in the morning—because they don’t believe the problem is worth addressing or none of the couple remedies they’ve tried so far has helped.
In many cases, the treatments that have been attempted haven’t gotten to the root of the problem. That’s where we come in.
By properly identifying the source of your heel pain, Advanced Foot & Ankle can recommend the most effective treatments to provide the relief you need—and that most often does not involve surgery!
What is Causing My Heel Pain?
Our feet are intricate structures, so “heel pain” in one person may come from a different source than pain in another.
Here are a few of the more common causes of heel pain that arrive to our practice:
- Plantar Fasciitis – One of the more common forms of heel pain, this is injury and inflammation to the tough band of tissue that runs beneath your foot. If the plantar fascia begins to degenerate, that is called plantar fasciosis or chronic plantar heel pain (CPHP).
- Achilles Tendinitis – Inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects the back of the heel bone to the calf muscle, tends to be the result of overuse. However, accidents can also cause tearing or rupturing of the tendon.
- Stress Fracture – The surface of the heel bone can develop hairline cracks as a result of overuse. It is also possible but much less likely to fully break your heel bone.
- Stone Bruise – Impact to the fat pad beneath the heel bone can cause pain for a significant time, as well as swelling and a possible change in color.
- Bursitis – An inflammation of the small sacs of fluid that provide cushioning between bones and tendons in the heel. This pain is usually felt toward the back of the heel.
In each of the above cases, heel pain tends to be the result of overuse or impact. It is also possible that an imbalance of forces in the foot (caused by an abnormal foot structure such as flat feet or high arches) is placing too much stress on areas and causing damage.
Still, in other cases, conditions such as arthritis or nerve damage may be the source of the pain.
Finding Help for Your Heel Pain
The first and most important step of treating your heel pain is determining the exact cause of it. We can then treat the symptoms in the most effective ways and, in many cases, take care of the problem for good.
Dr. Matt Wettstein and his staff understand the intricate workings of the foot and ankle, and can accurately pinpoint the cause of sore heels.
Once a diagnosis is made, steps can be taken to treat the source of the problem. Potential treatments include (but aren’t limited to):
- Custom orthotics to provide proper support, cushioning, and correction for abnormal foot shapes.
- Stretches and exercises to build strength and stability where it is needed most.
- State-of-the-art laser therapy to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and accelerate recovery.
Give Advanced Foot and Ankle a call at (206) 731-6321 to schedule an appointment at our Twin Falls office, or (208) 312-4646 to set a time at our Burley office. You can also reach us via our online contact form. We look forward to helping you!