Though there are many causes of heel pain, this common condition is almost always treatable with help from your podiatrist. However, understanding where your heel pain comes from and the underlying conditions which may contribute to it can help you get to the bottom of your pain to overcome it for good. Find out more about heel pain with Dr. Bret Hintze at Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia with locations in Woodstock and Jasper, GA.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain comes from various sources and can often be traced back to an underlying condition. However, there are some conditions commonly associated with heel pain, including:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- tarsal tunnel syndrome
- stress fractures
- heel spur
- bone tumor
How can my podiatrist find out where my heel pain comes from?
Your foot doctor uses a physical examination paired with, if necessary, imagining techniques like x-rays or MRIs to diagnose the causes of your heel pain. In some cases, heel pain comes from underlying conditions like flat feet or plantar fasciitis, meaning your doctor needs to investigate the entire foot and its components to find other problems contributing to your pain. Keeping a pain diary can also help your doctor get to the bottom of your symptoms. Keep track of when the pain occurs, how bad it is on a scale of 1-10, and what factors make it better or worse.
Treating Heel Pain in Woodstock and Jasper, GA
Treating heel pain depends on the condition causing it. Some cases may require simple rest and small changes like wearing different shoes. If the pain comes from certain conditions, custom orthotics can help ease your discomfort. Icing the foot and taking over-the-counter pain medications can also help, but prescription medicines may be necessary in some cases. Night splints, heel lifts, and, in severe cases, surgery can also help relieve symptoms of heel pain.
For more information on heel pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Hintze at Foot and Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia with locations in Woodstock and Jasper, GA. Call (770) 999-0703 to schedule your appointment at the Woodstock office, and (770) 999-0804 to schedule your appointment at the Jasper office today!