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How can we help you stop your heel pain?
At our Chicago Heel Pain Center we often take x-rays to help diagnose the cause of your pain. It is important to know whether you have a bone tumor, fracture, or broken bone causing your pain. We provide a complete exam of both feet even if only one foot is hurting. We want to ensure that similar problems do not develop with your healthy foot. Occasionally, we may also draw blood because you may have an infection or various forms of arthritis causing your heel pain. Sometimes it’s also important to do a blood test just to make sure nothing more serious is occurring.
The most important elements of your appointment include the physical examination, the time we take to carefully listen to your concerns, and the thoughtful responses to them. Oftentimes, patients provide answers to their own questions as they express their foot problems. We simply ask appropriate questions to determine the specific cause of their heel pain. Since there are many different causes, it is important to thoroughly examine your foot and listen as you explain your problem to us.
Once the cause has been determined, we provide appropriate and effective treatment options. Some of the most common treatment methods include:
- Physical therapy.
- A shot or injection.
- Insoles or orthotics — Orthotics are very useful in alleviating pain and stopping the progression of the problem to the point of needing surgery.
Avoiding surgery is our primary goal when treating your foot problems.
What can happen if you don’t seek treatment?
If you don’t treat heel pain properly, it often gets worse. Many times when experiencing heel pain, you begin limping to compensate for the pain. This adds pressure to your other foot, which may within a few months, cause you additional pain. Seeking immediate treatment for heel pain will help get you back on your feet and into your regular routine more quickly.
It’s important to understand that limping or continuing to walk with pain may lead to additional problems. Your knees, hips, and lower back may be affected. Loss of work due to time spent recovering from surgery is another issue to consider if the problem worsens. The best decision is to seek help as soon as possible to avoid surgery, loss of time from work, with family, and in participating in your favorite activities.