Heel Pain Treatment Q and A
Suffering from heel pain? Our experienced podiatrists can help! Advanced Foot and Ankle provides comprehensive care to relieve your heel pain. We have 4 locations to provide you with the best podiatrists in Elgin IL, Schaumburg IL, Huntley IL, and Chicago IL. Simply call us today at (847) 262-4049 or Request an appointment online. Visit us at a location near you today.
When you experience chronic pain in one or both heels, it can make it impossible for you to prioritize a healthy and active lifestyle, and even make running important daily errands a difficult task. At Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we offer comprehensive and personalized care that will help you alleviate your heel pain and live a happier, healthier life.
What is causing my heel pain?
Injuries and overuse are the most common reason patients develop heel pain. Pain that is most obvious first thing in the morning can be indicative of plantar fasciitis, which is one of the most common injuries sustained in this area of the body. Plantar fasciitis can become worse after lengthy periods of rest because the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that runs along the soles of your feet, can tighten or contract. This causes pain when they are stretched as you put weight on them. People with plantar fasciitis often experience shooting pains in their heels when they walk, though this pain often reduces throughout the day as the fascia are stretched and loosened with continued use. Another common cause of heel pain is Achilles tendinitis, which can result from overuse of the Achilles tendon that reaches from the calf to the heel. This overuse injury is more common in runners and other athletes.
When should I see a doctor?
For some patients, effective stretching techniques and sufficient rest may be enough to reduce or eradicate your heel pain symptoms. However, it is important for you not to ignore your pain, even if it seems mild or inconsistent. If you do not pursue effective treatment, you could unnecessarily increase the severity of your condition or even cause irreparable damage and injury. When you experience heel pain, it is best to schedule a consultation with an experienced podiatrist who can effectively assess your condition, provide you with precise diagnosis, and create a treatment plan personalized to your exact needs, so you can enjoy relief from your pain and improve the quality of your daily life.
What treatments are available?
There are several different options for patients seeking relief from pain in their heel, depending on their exact condition. There are more than 30 joints in each of your feet, 26 bones and over 100 tendons. This means it takes an experienced specialist to appropriately identify your exact needs. Often, your doctor will suggest rest in addition to effective physical rehabilitation or supportive wraps or other devices. By reducing movement of sprains or strains, we can allow the body time to heal. If your pain is the result of a fracture, a cast or boot may be necessary. Exercises designed and prescribed by a certified physical therapist can help strengthen important muscles and loosen tension in injured tendons or ligaments. Very rarely, significant injuries may require surgical intervention. You can also support your body’s healing by wearing specialized orthotic inserts and appropriate footwear depending on which activities you are participating in.
If you are experiencing heel pain that is severe or interfering with your day-to-day activities, contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists today. We have 4 convenient locations in Elgin, Huntley, Schaumburg, and Montclare to serve patients across the Chicago, IL area.