Heel Pain: Common Causes and Treatments

Heel PainHeel pain can cause daily activities to be extremely uncomfortable. Whether your heel pain is due to an injury or some other condition, activities such as walking about or standing for extended periods can further aggravate the injury or condition and lead to increased pain and discomfort. The good news is there are treatments that can help by alleviating the pain, while also helping the injury or condition to heal. At Burlington Podiatry, Dr. Michael Guerra is your podiatrist for the treatment of heel pain in South Burlington, VT.

Causes and Types of Heel Pain

There are several possible causes of heel pain, including injuries sustained during sports, working out, or other activities. Additionally, performing repetitive motions can put too much strain on the heel and result in pain. For example, the extensive pounding of the feet against the ground when jumping rope or running can cause inflammation, which can lead to pain and discomfort. If there is insufficient cushioning in the shoes to absorb some of the impact of running or jumping, the feet can be more vulnerable to injury and heel pain.

Pain that is felt beneath the heel and into the arch of the foot is typically due to a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This type of heel pain develops when the planter fascia tissues along the bottom of the foot become inflamed. Plantar fasciitis often develops in people who overpronate when walking or running. Overpronation occurs when the foot rolls inward too much, which causes the foot to flatten and the arch to lengthen. Overpronation places extensive tension and stress on the plantar fascia tissues, causing inflammation and pain.

Another condition that can develop in conjunction with plantar fasciitis is is heel spur syndrome. This condition is associated with the formation of calcium deposits, also called heel spurs, on the bottom of the heel. Pressing the foot down to walk, run, or stand puts pressure on the heel spurs and can result in extensive pain and discomfort. Fortunately, several podiatry options are available for treating plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome.

Treatments

Several options are available for treating heel pain in South Burlington, VT. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment or combination of treatments for your specific type of heel pain. Some things you can do at home to help alleviate heel pain include resting the feet and wearing supportive footwear. Podiatry treatments for heel pain include:

  • Surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Orthotic foot supports
  • Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)

A variety of options are available for treating your heel pain. A podiatrist can identify the cause of your heel pain and recommend a suitable treatment plan. For treatment of heel pain in South Burlington, VT, schedule an appointment with Dr. Guerra by calling Burlington Podiatry at (802) 862-8666.