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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!
Is heel pain interfering with your ability to do even the simplest things? Fortunately, help is available. Woodstock, GA, podiatrist Dr. Bret Hintze of Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia explains what you can do to decrease your pain.
Stay off your feet
Rest seems like the obvious thing to do if you have heel pain, yet, too often, people try to continue their usual activities despite the pain. Trying to power through your symptoms will only extend the pain and may even lead to chronic pain. If your heel hurts, do your best to rest it as much as possible for the next week or two.
Control the pain
Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication and ice packs can be very helpful in reducing heel pain. Be sure to follow the 20-on, 20-off rule when you use ice packs. Apply the ice for 20 minutes, then remove it for at least 20 minutes before reapplying.
Check your shoes
Your shoes may be causing or contributing to your pain. The cushioning material in the soles of your shoes compresses over time. When this happens, the shoes no longer provide adequate support for your heels, which can increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis or other conditions. If you can't remember the last time you replaced your shoes, it's time for a trip to the store. Do you run or walk daily for exercise? You may need to replace your shoes as frequently as every three months.
Ask the foot doctor for help
A visit to the podiatrist is the next step if your heel pain doesn't ease or worsens. When you visit our Woodstock, GA, we'll ask you to describe your symptoms, perform a thorough examination and order diagnostic tests, if necessary. Based on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms, you may benefit from one or more of these treatments or devices:
- Corticosteroid injections to decrease pain or swelling
- A cast or boot to take the pressure off your heel while it heals
- Orthotics or heel cups to reposition and cushion your feet when you wear shoes
- Physical therapy to stretch and strengthen lower leg muscles
- Ultrasound or soundwave therapy to reduce pain, improve circulation and promote healing
- Surgery to treat conditions or injuries that don't respond to conservative measures
Put an end to heel pain with a visit to the foot doctor! Call Woodstock, GA, podiatrist Dr. Bret Hintze of Foot & Ankle Reconstruction of North Georgia at (770) 999-0804 to schedule an appointment.