Heel Pain: Common Causes and Treatments
By DR. ALAN ROTHSTEIN
December 20, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain plagues children, teens, and adults. Commonly due to overuse, the stabbing, throbbing pain of a sore heel impacts daily function for countless people a day. At Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia in Marietta, GA, Dr. Ketan Patel, Dr. Stephen Barrett, and Dr. Sequioa DuCasse, offer state-of-the-art diagnosis, staging, and treatment for heel pain. Learn here how you can have healthy, happy feet again.

Why does your heel hurt?

Many factors contribute to heel pain:

  • Simple overuse due to work or athletics
  • Poor quality shoes
  • Overpronation, or an inward turning of the foot toward the midline (this is a gait problem)
  • Obesity
  • Age (the 40 to 60 age group, says the American Podiatric Medical Association)
  • Gender (more women than men)
  • Inherited foot structure (high arches)

Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition in which the connective tissue between the heel bone and the toes is overstretched and swollen. Sometimes bone spurs on the calcaneus (the heel bone) contribute to pain in the heel and across the plantar fascia.

See your podiatrist in Marietta, GA
Don't suffer any longer. Come to Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia for a complete podiatric examination, X-rays, and gait analysis as needed. Your foot doctor can stage, or grade, the severity of your plantar fasciitis and suggest ways to improve your foot function and your overall well-being through pioneering in-office procedures.

Simple healing strategies include:

  • Staying in good condition (don't be a "weekend warrior")
  • Over-the-counter ibuprofen to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Shoe inserts (custom-made orthotics) to correct overpronation and provide support
  • Weight loss
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy

Also, for chronically severe heel pain due to plantar fasciitis, the podiatrists offer Endoscopic surgery.

Heal that heel pain

You can with help from the experts at Ankle & Foot Centers of Georgia. Call today for an appointment: (770) 952-5300.

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