Wondering why your heel suddenly hurts? Dr. Nimish Chokshi, your Easton, PA podiatrist at Accent Podiatry, shares several heel pain causes.
Metarsalgia, also known as a stone bruise, occurs when the fat pad at the bottom of your heel becomes bruised. The problem can occur if you step on something hard, like a pebble or a Lego, or if you're a runner. Rest, ice and over-the-counter pain medications can be helpful. A stone bruise usually goes away on its own in a week or two.
The retrocalcaneal bursa is a fluid-filled sac located at the place where your Achilles tendon connects your heel to your toes. Heel pain occurs when the sac becomes inflamed or irritated. Rest, ice and pain medications will help reduce the inflammation. If it continues, your foot doctor may recommend a steroid injection. In severe cases, a cast or surgery may be needed.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that connects the bottom of your foot from the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. The pain is usually worse in the morning, but can also flare up if you sit or stand too long. Over-the-counter pain relievers and ice are can relieve plantar fasciitis pain. Stretching the foot and calf muscles is an important part of the treatment plan. Your Easton podiatrist may recommend that you wear a splint at night to stretch your foot or suggest that you attend physical therapy sessions. Steroid injections and surgery may also be needed in some cases.
It may not be fair, but people who have had plantar fasciitis are more likely to develop heel spurs after the condition improves. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form at the spot where the fascia connects the bottom of the foot to the heel. Heel spurs can also occur if you run or jog, are overweight or wear shoes that don't fit well. Physical therapy, shoe inserts and applying tape to support your foot can help. Your foot doctor may recommend steroid injections if your pain doesn't improve.
You don't have to suffer with heel pain. Dr. Chokshi, your Easton, PA podiatrist, can provide treatments that will help ease your pain. Call (610) 810-0800 to schedule an appointment.
Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis? Find out now from your Easton podiatrist!
Are you currently dealing with heel pain? If your Easton podiatrist has told you that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis isn’t it time you found out more about this condition and what you can do to eliminate your symptoms?
Q. What is plantar fasciitis?
A. This foot problem is one of the most common causes of heel pain and occurs when the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, become inflamed. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to your toes and also provides support for the arches of your feet.
Q. What causes this inflammatory condition?
A. While you may not know exactly what’s caused your plantar fasciitis, your foot doctor may be able to pinpoint the direct cause. Plantar fasciitis usually appears when someone has changed their physical activity. So, instead of running five miles you may decide you suddenly want to run 10 miles. Or perhaps you’re used to a low-impact elliptical but decided to change up your routine and start running on the beach. Any sudden and drastic change either to the duration or intensity of your physical routine can sometimes lead to plantar fasciitis.
Q. What are the symptoms?
A. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. The pain is persistent but may wax and wane throughout the day. You may notice the most severe pain happening in the morning when you first start moving around. Over time the pain may lessen, but become exacerbated when standing for long periods of time or getting up after sitting for a while.
Besides pain, those with plantar fasciitis may also notice swelling, stiffness and limited range-of-motion and mobility due to the discomfort.
Q. How is plantar fasciitis treated?
A. You’ll be happy to hear that this condition usually goes away on its own with time. Of course, there are certain things you can do to help provide some much-needed relief. Here are some of the best ways to handle your plantar fasciitis:
- Rest: Try to stay off your feet as much as possible. Avoid high-impact activities and if you really need to workout, then you’ll want to change your routine to only include low-impact exercises.
- Wear the proper shoes: It’s also believed that some people develop plantar fasciitis because the shoes they were wearing didn’t provide the proper support and stability needed. Remember that your workout shoes need to be replaced about at least once a year.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises: There are some exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine to help provide some relief from your plantar fasciitis symptoms. Talk to your podiatrist about which exercises can help reduce your pain and improve mobility.
- Orthotics: Sometimes your foot doctor can prescribe orthotics to provide additional shoe support and stability to eliminate your plantar fasciitis. We would be happy to help you determine which kind of orthotics is right for you.
Your Easton podiatrist is always here to provide the care and treatment you need to get back on your feet again and pain-free. Turn to us for all of your foot-care needs.
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