Heel pain can be caused for a variety of reasons, such as foot complications or long periods of stress placed on the feet. Heel pain can cause many problems since it can interfere with day to day activities. There is no magic way of eliminating it; however, determining the exact cause of it helps for better and more targeted treatment.
Heel pain causes discomfort to the lower region of the heel of the foot and can spread to the arch when not treated timely. This discomfort can be caused by conditions such as heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, Achilles tendonitis or deformities since they cause imbalances in the structure of the foot and lead to heel issues. Also, when the foot is misaligned, it can also cause unequal amounts of pain on the heel due to the way forces of pressure are applied to it when walking. It’s important to remember that the foot supports the rest of the body and heel pain can radiate throughout the body for this reason.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Anti-inflammatories to minimize swelling.
- Participation in physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the back of the foot that support the heel. In particular, working on the calf muscles can help to minimize pain.
- Managing pain and swelling with ice packs.
- Support devices such as heel inserts to reduce tension on the heel. Similarly, orthotics can help to route pressure away from the heel when walking.
- Wearing shoes that fit your feet
- Losing weight to help remove extra tension placed on the heel.
At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM located in Chicago, Illinois, podiatrist Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM understands that each foot has its own reason for heel pain and will work with you to provide treatment that’s tailored to your heel. Please make an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and check out our Patient Education Library to see how other foot and ankle conditions can lead to heel pain and what you can do stop them from happening.