Unsurprisingly then, heel pain is one of the most common conditions we see at our practice. Many if not most adults will struggle with it at one point or another in their lives.
While minor, temporary aches that go away with a little bit of rest are almost inevitable from time to time, pain that is serious or longstanding—enough to get in the way of living the lifestyle you want to live—is not normal and never acceptable. It’s a sign that you need to see a foot specialist. Fortunately, heel pain can almost always be treated conservatively.
Many different heel pain conditions share similar symptoms, and even contributing factors. As you might imagine, these can include:
The most common heel pain diagnosis in adults is plantar fasciitis. You can usually identify this condition by the distinctive, sharp pain it causes when you get out of bed in the morning, or up after a long sit. Plantar fasciitis is the result of over-stretching and tearing in a band of tissue (the plantar fascia) running across the bottom of the foot, particularly just underneath the heel.
Other relatively common heel pain conditions include:
If you think that you are suffering from one of these conditions, please reach out to our office today! The sooner we can address these issues, the sooner we can get you back on your feet.
Because heel pain can be caused by so many different conditions, it’s important to establish an accurate diagnosis before developing any treatment plan. We’ll ask you about your symptoms and medical history, perform a physical examination, and any other diagnostic tests we feel are necessary to thoroughly understand your problem.
The good news is that surgical procedures are necessary only in a very small percentage of situations—typically when there is a significant structural problem with the bones of the feet. We offer a range of conservative treatments, from the tried-and-true standbys to advanced therapies, in order to relieve your pain and heal your heels without needing more invasive approaches.
Components of your personalized treatment plan may include:
Heel pain is very treatable, and shouldn’t keep you from living life to the fullest!
Contact Canyon Foot & Ankle to schedule an appointment and get back on your feet again.