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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
March 08, 2017
Tags: heel pain  

Have you ever thought about how big a part your heels play in your everyday life? Walking, standing, running, jumping, bending and climbing would all be impossible without the work of your heels. When our heels hurt it definitely gets our attention and that’s often when we hear from patients at Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care.

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a long band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your toes to your heel. When this ligament gets irritated it becomes inflamed. Signs of this inflammation include:

  • Pain in the heel that is often particularly bad with the first steps you take in the morning
  • Arch pain
  • Swelling  in the heel

What Causes Heel Inflammation

Most often plantar fasciitis is the result of a defect in the structure of the foot. Patients with overly high arches or flat feet, for example, are more prone to developing this disorder. Other causes of plantar fasciitis include wearing nonsupportive shoes, radically ramping up your exercise routine, overuse, obesity and work or activities that have you on your feet for many hours at a time.

Treatment

Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah, will examine your feet and ask questions about your work, fitness and other activities. X-rays or other imaging studies may be ordered. There are other sources of heel pain such as arthritis and nerve issues that the foot doctor will need to rule out. Once a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is confirmed, there are several conservative treatment options the foot doctor may recommend including:

  • Rest
  • Immobilization in the form of a removable walking cast
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Shoe modifications and/or custom orthotic inserts
  • Night splint to help keep the plantar fascia stretched overnight while you sleep

If you have been suffering from heel pain, contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office for an appointment by calling: 732-662-3050.

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