Persistent heel pain can be a sign of a strain or injury, like plantar fasciitis. Dr. Michael Block and Dr. Monica Cooney, podiatrists in Abingdon, MD, provide treatment and diagnosis for a range of foot and ankle problems and injuries.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Abingdon, MD
According to the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society, plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. The condition is caused by inflammation of the large ligament (plantar fascia) that runs across the length of the foot from the heel to the base of the toes. Factors like overuse and the shape of your arches can result in inflammation over time, which causes pain on the bottom of the heel. Achilles tendonitis is another common cause of heel pain and causes pain at the back of the heel.
Other potential causes of heel pain include:
- Heel spurs
- Bruising from stepping on a hard object like a rock or pavement
- Stress fractures
- Peripheral neuropathy (a common potential side effect of diabetes)
Depending on what is causing the pain, many instances of heel pain eventually resolve on their own with rest. If you have flat feet/low arches, you may have a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Podiatrists recommend supportive footwear and shoe inserts like orthotics to help you maintain proper alignment and support while you walk and exercise. Excessive pressure on the Achilles tendon (from running for example) can also cause inflammation and lead to heel and ankle pain. Although many of us are conditioned to push through the pain, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis and get adequate treatment and rest to prevent further injury.
Find a Podiatrist in Abingdon, MD
If you are suffering from ongoing foot pain, contact our office by calling 410-569-0445 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cooney or Dr. Block today.