Are you guilty of wearing faulty footwear and now your heels are aching and burning? Do the arches of your feet cramp as you step out of bed in the morning? If you can relate to these situations, Dr. Robert M. Turf, DPM at Elmhurst Podiatry Center, LTD in Elmhurst, IL, also serving Addison,IL, can provide you with relief. A common issue people often visit us for is heel pain, which is most often caused by plantar fasciitis. Heel pain can result from a variety of causes that range from mild-to-severe, but we will be able to determine the source of yours and reach a therapeutic resolution.
Heel Pain Begins with Plantar Fasciitis
The heel is where your body absorbs impact from walking, running, jumping, or putting any other sort of pressure on the foot. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick fibrous tissue that extends from the heel to the toes. When you overstretch your fascia muscles, they become irritated, and this results in heel pain.
Reasons for Heel Pain
The most common cause of heel pain is due to inadequate foot structure. If you have overly flat or high-arched feet, you are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Other causes of heel pain include:
- Regularly wearing worn-out shoes with thin soles
- Frequent use of high heels
- Tight Achilles tendon
- Unusual walk or foot position
While men tend to develop plantar fasciitis, the condition is most common in women.
- Chronic inflammation on the bottom of the heel
- Discomfort in the arch of the foot
- Pain that increases over some time
- Swelling of the heel
Non-invasive solutions are endless at Elmhurst Podiatry Center, LTD in Elmhurst, IL, also serving Addison,IL, and most patients respond to them almost immediately. These include but are not limited to stretching exercises, icing the injured area, and shoe modifications with custom foot orthotics. Only a tiny portion of patients generally needs surgery, and the topic will only be necessary if diagnostic imaging and a foot examination confirm a severe issue. Treatment begins at home. Once we personalize a plan and determine a source for your heel pain, together, we can achieve a successful outcome.
No matter which route you select for relief, underlying causes that led to this condition might remain. If you are struggling with heel pain, visit us at Elmhurst Podiatry Center, LTD in Elmhurst, IL, also serving Addison,IL, to discuss treatment solutions. For questions, concerns, or to schedule an appointment, please call (630) 279-6565.
Need relief from your heel pain? Contact Elmhurst Podiatry Center, LTD in Elmhurst, IL,
also serving Addison,IL, at (630) 279-6565 for an appointment!