How We Can Help Your Heel Pain
If jogging, walking, or even just standing causes a sharp pain in your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis—an inflammation of the foot's connective tissue that is most evident in the morning or following exercise. The condition can make everyday activities painful and difficult, but with the help of Michael Guerra, DPM, of Burlington Podiatry in Burlington, VT, your feet can soon be feeling great once again!
What causes heel pain?
The plantar fascia ligament, a tissue that attaches your heel bone to your toes, can become irritated for many reasons, including wearing shoes without proper supports, carrying heavy amounts of weight, or doing repetitive foot exercises. Additionally, if you have flat feet, high arches, or tight calf muscles you may be more susceptible to heel pain. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, the bottom of your foot will likely feel tender, with pain centralized on the underside of your heel.
What our Burlington office can do for your pain
Depending on the severity of your heel pain, your podiatrist may try or recommend one or more of the following:
- Shock wave therapy ( EPAT)
- Massaging and icing of the area to reduce inflammation and dull pain
- Physical therapy exercises to relax the tissues around the heel bone, including stair, towel, slant board and dynamic stretches
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts to reduce strain and irritation
- Cortisone injections to decrease inflammation
- Night splints to keep your heel stretched out as you sleep
- Shock wave therapy to inflict micro trauma on your tissue and stimulate it to heal
- Abstaining from weight-bearing activity
Give us a call
If you are suffering from heel pain, contact Michael Guerra, DPM in Burlington at (802) 862-8666 today.