Finding Relief from Heel Pain
If heel pain is part of your life, you know how draining it can be.
Maybe you dread getting out of bed in the morning, knowing you’ll experience that first jolt of pain as soon as you hit the ground. Perhaps you abandon going out for a run or playing a pickup game with your friends because you fear you’ll pay for it with heel pain later.
If you feel your life is being dictated by heel or arch pain, we have good news:
In the vast majority of cases, heel pain is treatable!
We can help you get rid of your discomfort or significantly reduce it, giving you more freedom to do what you love without those sharp twinges or chronic aches.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
It’s a Big World of Heel Pain
The key to providing the most effective treatment for a patient’s heel pain is identifying the problem. The symptom may seem simple on the surface, but the potential causes of it are many.
Some common causes of heel or arch pain include, but are not limited to:
- Plantar Fasciitis. This is the most common form of heel pain we see. It develops when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the underside of the foot, becomes strained and aggravated, leading to micro-tears and inflammation. If you have heel pain first thing in the morning, plantar fasciitis is a prime suspect.
- Achilles Tendinitis. The Achilles tendon connects the back of your heel bone to your calf muscles. When it becomes overly stressed, it can cause pain in the back or just above the heel.
- Heel Spurs. These outgrowths of the heel bone can sometimes cause pain due to their positioning. However, in most cases they are harmless—the actual root of the problem is the mechanical imbalance in the foot responsible for causing the spurs to develop.
Additional causes of heel pain can include arthritis, bursitis, nerve entrapment, gout, stress fractures, bone tumors, and other conditions. It is essential to accurately diagnose the condition and identify the contributing factors which caused the problem. If we treat just the symptoms and not the causes, you can expect pain to come back again and again!
In some cases, mechanical instability of the feet—such as flat feet or high arches—can strain certain areas of the foot, resulting in pain. In other cases, too much physical activity is to blame. If you have mechanical instability of the feet and push your body too hard without giving yourself proper time for rest and recovery, heel pain may be an unintended consequence.
Once we have thoroughly examined the problem, we recommend an ideal course of treatment to meet each patient’s needs.
Don’t Wait on Heel Pain Help
The sooner your causes of heel pain are addressed, the quicker you can resume the activities you enjoy. You also greatly reduce your risk of having a chronic condition which will prolong your recovery or require more invasive treatments, such as surgery.
We’re always happy to hear from you! Schedule an appointment with our Scottsdale office by calling (480) 629-5903 or by filling out our online contact form below.