Are you having trouble figuring out why your heel hurts? Here at the Rockland County, NY, office of your podiatrist, Dr. Denis LeBlang, we can diagnose your heel condition and offer treatments that make walking much more comfortable.
4 common causes of heel pain
Heel pain can be caused by these conditions:
- Fractures: Falls or jumps can cause fractured bones. If your heel is very painful, looks deformed, or you have trouble putting weight on your foot, you may have a fracture.
- Stone Bruise: Did your heel pain start after you stepped on a hard object? You may have a bruise on the fat pad at the bottom of your heel. In addition to pain, it may feel as if a pebble is stuck in your shoe, even though you see nothing when you take off your shoe. Stone bruises can also occur if you wear shoes that don't effectively cushion your heal.
- Achilles Tendonitis: An inflammation in the long tendon at the back of your leg can also cause heel pain. The trouble starts when tiny tears form in the tendon. Achilles tendonitis is common in runners and other athletes and is more likely to occur in men. In addition to pain, symptoms of Achilles tendonitis can include swelling, stiffness, difficulty flexing your foot.
- Plantar Fasciitis: If heel pain worsens first thing in the morning or after you've been sitting for a while, plantar fasciitis may be the cause. This condition occurs when a tough band of tissue located on the bottom of your feet called the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. The fascia connects the heels to the toes and runs along the bottom of your foot. You may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you're female, overweight, stand for hours, over-train when working out, or have diabetes, flat feet, or high arches.
How your podiatrist can help you
Call your podiatrist in Rockland County if your heel pain doesn't get better after a week or two of rest, you have severe pain, or you have difficulty walking or bearing weight on your foot. During a consultation, we can offer a variety of treatments including orthotics, pain medication, cortisone injections, casts, boots, crutches, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy, amongst others.
Do you suffer from heel pain? Schedule an appointment with Dr. LeBlang, your Rockland County, NY, foot doctor by calling his Congers office at (845) 268-8282.