Here are all your burning questions about heel pain answered!
You wake up in the morning and with the first few steps you notice a terrible pain coming from the heel of your foot. You may notice that it gets better throughout the day but if you try to go about your physical activities you may find that it makes your problem worse. Does this sound like you? Our Newark and Wilmington, DE, podiatrists, Dr. Raymond Dipretoro Jr. and Dr. Anthony Caristo, are here to address the most popular questions surrounding heel pain.
Q. What causes heel pain?
A. There are many issues that could lead to heel pain. While the most common culprit is an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, other causes include,
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spur
- Stone Bruise
- An injury or tear
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
Q. What is plantar fasciitis?
A. This condition often comes about from overuse, which is why we see this condition most often in runners and other athletes. This problem results in inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that run along the bottom of the foot and attach to the heel bone. If you find that foot pain is worse in the morning or after activity then you could be dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Q. When should I see my Newark and Wilmington foot doctor?
A. You should schedule an appointment with us if you are experiencing heel pain that lingers even if you aren’t putting weight on the foot or moving around, or if you have heel pain that lasts several weeks despite rest and at-home care.
Q. What are my treatment options?
A. You might be relieved to hear that many people with heel pain can manage their symptoms and heal completely with simple self-measures such as,
- Resting and avoiding certain physical activities
- Icing the heel for 15-20 minutes at a time up to three times daily
- Wearing shoes that provide support for the foot and ankle and give toes enough room to move around
- Wearing shoe inserts or orthotics to help support the foot, particularly the arches, to remove excessive pressure from certain areas of the foot
- Taking OTC pain relievers to handle minor to moderate swelling and pain
If these treatments don’t take care of your symptoms and improve your condition then more aggressive treatment options like corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy and even surgery may be necessary.
Advanced Foot and Ankle Center is happy to provide quality foot care to the Delaware area with three convenient locations, Newark and Wilmington, DE. Give us a call today to schedule a visit with us. Don’t let heel pain affect your quality of life.