By John Erotas
November 05, 2014
Category: heel pain
At a point in one’s life, they can develop intense heel pain. Heel pain is an extremely common foot condition and can often be treated very easily by a podiatrist. As a Scottsdale podiatrist, I see many patients with this type of pain and help them eliminate their heel pain in a fw easy steps. Heel pain can occur for a variety of reasons.
What causes heel pain?
1. Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia band runs along the heel to the base of the toes and supports the arch. This band, when overused, may become swollen and painful. The best thing to do is to relieve all the stress on this band.
2. Achilles Tendonitis. The achilles tendon is located in the back of the ankle and is the largest tendon in the body. This tendon can become swollen and painful from overuse. It is also possible to strain this tendon. It can result in severe pain when walking, exercising, or wearing shoes with an enclosed heel.
3. Heel Spurs. Weakness in your foot structure can cause a bone spur to develop in your heel. It appears as a growth, or small bump on the bottom of your heel and can be very painful.
4. Injury. It is possible to injure the heel in a variety of ways. One of the most common is to bruise the heel. You can bruise the heel when the heel suffers a trauma, such as jumping from a great height or getting into an accident.
5. Arthritis. Arthritic changes in the foot can cause heel pain.
A Scottsdale foot doctor at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists will first evaluate your symptoms, identify the problem, and create a treatment plan for you. A digital x-ray and ultrasound may be necessary to determine your diagnosis. Whatever the cause of your pain, the American Foot and Ankle Specialists have a 90 to 95 percent success rate in treating patients just like you. Custom orthotics can help get rid of your heel pain as well.
Our office is located in Scottsdale, AZ. Call 480-483-9000 and schedule a consultation with our Scottsdale Podiatry office today! Same and next day appointments are often available.
Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas will help your get back to the activities you love without this discomfort. Heel pain is usually a fairly easy problem to fix. The important part is getting treated quickly before the heel pain worsens. Call 480-483-9000 today!
By John Erotas