Don’t Ignore Heel Pain
Heel pain is one of the most common reasons that a patient requests an appointment with his or her podiatrist between annual exams. Ignoring pain in your heel or anywhere else is never a good idea. Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. If you are experiencing pain in your heel and it’s severe, or it’s been happening for a while, you should see your foot doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment is the best way to keep the problem from progressing…possibly to the point where foot and ankle surgery is required.
Why Does My Heel Hurt?
There is a wide range of conditions that can cause heel pain. Only your podiatrist can determine the exact source of your discomfort. Two common causes are Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.
The Achilles tendon connects the heel bone to the calf muscles. When this tendon becomes irritated and inflamed, painful tendonitis occurs.
Similarly, there is a band of soft tissue running the length of the sole of your foot, from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a chronic inflammation of this tissue. It is characterized by heel pain, especially when you first step out of bed in the morning.
How Will My Podiatrist Treat My Heel Pain?
If you are experiencing heel pain, the first thing you should do is schedule a visit with a podiatrist like Dr. Eric Kosofsky and Dr. Robert Rutstein. Your examination may include imaging such as x-rays that will help your doctor determine the best course of action, a specific diagnosis, and an individualized and effective plan for treatment and ongoing care. Common approaches include:
over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling
RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
immobilization with a cast or boot
custom orthotics for cushioning and support
surgery, but only in extreme cases
Are you living with heel pain or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Call Hartford Podiatry Group at 860-523-8026 or click here to schedule a convenient appointment in our Hartford and Rocky Hill offices today.