What makes your evening walk difficult? If you're like about 20 million Americans, you suffer from persistent heel pain. While your heel hurts more first thing in the morning, you rarely receive complete relief throughout the day. If you'd like to solve your heel pain problem, see your Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. They help scores of people each year achieve pain-free feet for great mobility and overall well-being.
What statistics show
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that 90 percent of individuals with heel pain need simple, non-surgical interventions. In other words, only 10 percent require surgery. Aimed at relaxing and relieving tension on the broad ligament on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia), stretching, physical therapy and arch support help most people within 10 months of beginning treatment. Even individuals with heel spurs, small bony projections located on the front of the calcaneus, or heel bone, do well with minimally-invasive interventions from their foot doctors.
Causes of heel pain in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin
Most frequently, heel pain originates with overuse of the plantar fascia due to:
- Sports such as running, tennis or basketball
- Occupations which require long periods of time standing on your feet on hard surfaces, such as concrete
- Overpronation of the foot which flattens the arch and irritates the connective tissue
- Flat feet (which can run in families)
Treatment of heel pain
Arthritis also leads to heel pain, but whatever the cause, our podiatrists will individualize a care plan to relieve it. They perform careful physical examinations of the feet and ankles, including X-rays, MRI, ultrasound and other kinds of imaging as required.
Recommendations for treatment of heel pain may include:
- Stretching exercises for the calf muscles
- Physical therapy
- Supportive, quality shoes
- Orthotics (custom-made shoe inserts and splints)
- Cortisone injections
- Topaz minimally invasive procedure
Less frequently, people with heel pain undergo surgical correction to release tension on the plantar fascia or to lengthen the calf muscles.
Please come to see us
Get your heel pain in Crystal Lake, Chicago, Huntley, Schaumburg and Elgin, IL pinpointed and treated. Call one of the five convenient locations of Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today for a consultation appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists.