When Should You See a Doctor for Heel Pain?
Your heel hurts day after day. Are you just getting old, or can something be done? At Foot and Ankle Consultants of Cleveland, heel pain disappears with the expert help of your podiatrist, Dr. Ronald A Freireich. Don't wait. See him right away.
Sources of heel pain
You could have a stone bruise or plantar wart on the bottom of your foot. However, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) says that typically, plantar fasciitis is the cause.
What is plantar fasciitis? It's an inflammatory condition related to overuse of your feet and to improper gait.
Affecting the connective tissue between your toes and heel bone, plantar fasciitis hurts most in the morning and lessens throughout the day. It re-appears after long periods of sitting or standing still in one spot.
Typical sufferers are middle-aged, overweight and/or engaging in an activity that flattens the arch of the foot repeatedly. The constant stress causes pain, swelling, and redness, and sometimes, a heel spur shows on X-ray. Harvard Health says poorly supportive shoes and simply picking up a very heavy object can set off the inflammatory mechanism.
See your podiatrist
Middleburg Heights and Beachwood, OH, area patients come Foot and Ankle Consultants of Cleveland to to see Dr. Freireich for their heel pain. The sooner they get a foot exam and X-rays, the sooner their treatment can begin.
For the most part, symptom management is conservative. Few people need surgery--less than five percent reports the ACFAS. Treatment plans may include:
- Analgesics, such as ibuprofen
- Injections of corticosteroids to reduce swelling
- Custom-made shoe orthotics (inserts) to correct how you place your foot as you walk or run
- Rest from vigorous athletic activities such as volleyball and running
- Weight loss
- Physical therapy and/or splinting
- Stretching exercises for the calf muscles
You'll see improvement
Most heel pain patients progressively get better. However, you should avoid the things which stress your heels, arches, and plantar fascia to continue functioning at your best.
Don't hesitate to call Dr. Ronald A Freireich if you have heel pain which doesn't resolve. He and his caring team at Foot and Ankle Consultants of Cleveland can get you moving comfortably again.
Call us at (216) 591-1905 to schedule a heel pain consultation today!