What is Causing Your Heel Pain?

Find out when to turn to a podiatrist to treat your heel pain.

Heel pain will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime; however, if this is the first time you are dealing with heel pain you may not know what’s going on or how to treat your symptoms. This is where our South Burlington, VT, podiatrist Dr. Michael Guerra can help you.

So, what could be causing your heel pain?

While there are many reasons why you might be dealing with this symptom the most common cause of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which causes inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet and it also supports the arches of the foot.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

When there is too much pressure applied to the foot it can cause microtears within the plantar fascia, which leads to a throbbing and stabbing heel pain. Athletes, those with flat feet and those with high arches are particularly prone to developing plantar fasciitis.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis are heel pain and stiffness, which is usually worse in the mornings or after sitting for long periods of time. The pain may ease up throughout the day.

When should I see a podiatrist?

If you have had plantar fasciitis before then chances are good that you’ll know when another bout flares up. In this case, you may choose to ease your symptoms and promote faster healing with simple at-home measures such as rest. Of course, if this is the first time you’ve ever experienced this type of heel pain, or if at-home care isn’t giving you the relief you need, then it’s important to turn to our South Burlington, VT, foot doctor as soon as possible.

If heel pain is affecting your daily routine or quality of life then it’s important that you turn to our South Burlington, VT, foot and ankle specialists to help get you back on your feet. Foot pain isn’t normal! Let our team at Burlington Podiatry help.