Are you experiencing heel pain?

Are you having heel pain? Are you experiencing heel pain shortly after waking up, or when standing after sitting for a long period?  The majority of those effected with heel pain have pain in the bottom of the heel, while others can also suffer from pain towards the back of the heel.

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Heel pain can be related to a number of different conditions, such as arthritis, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, or heel spurs. One of the most common sources of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is the inflammation of the band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. When the ligament is tight, it creates a pulling sensation on the heel causing pain. Those with plantar fasciitis often experience a stabbing pain when taking their firsts steps in the morning, which eases throughout the day after walking and standing for longer periods of time. Many people also have back or knee pain associated with the heel pain. This can possibly be due to arthritis, or flat feet.  If you have flat feet then this can effect the alignment with your ankles, knees, pelvis and lower back. Many times people with lower back pain will also experience pain in their feet. You can also have pain in the back of the heel which can be related to the achilles tendon. If the tendon is tight, then it creates a pulling sensation on the back of the heel. If one has gained weight recently, this can also cause heel pain since there is now more weight for the feet to carry. Ankle swelling can also cause heel pain, compression socks can help with swelling and often alleviate heel pain.


Treatment for heel pain:

Stretching exercises can help loosen the tight ligament either on the bottom or back of the heel. Orthotics can help immensely to support the plantar fascia and prevent the pulling action from taking place. Anti-inflammatory medications like Advil or cortisone injections can also help reduce the pain. At Family Foot and Ankle Center, we also offer laser therapy for heel pain. The laser helps decrease inflammation and increase circulation which also helps to decrease the pain. Avoid going barefoot especially if you have hardwood floors, and make sure you have supportive shoes or sandals that cradle the arch.


What can Dr. Parikh do to treat my heel pain?

At Family Foot and Ankle Center, Dr. Parikh has access to state-of-the-art equipment to provide a full diagnostic exam of the heel and surrounding area. We have an X-ray unit to determine the cause of the heel pain. As well as therapy, injections, and orthotics to help you get back on your feet and living pain free!