Causes of Heel Pain and Treatment Options

heel painA little general foot and heel pain every now and then is common and perfectly normal. An intense workout, or a long day spent running around shopping or taking care of every day activities in uncomfortable shoes can take a toll on even the sturdiest of feet now and then. But when heel pain persists even after the uncomfortable shoes come off and the feet have had a chance to rest for a reasonable amount of time, it can often be a sign of a problem.

Common Causes of Heel Pain

There are a number of conditions that can lead to or exacerbate heel pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Ruptured achilles tendon
  • Fractures/stress fractures
  • General wear and tear
  • Tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Gout
  • Pinched nerve
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Osteomyelitis
For athletes and highly active individuals, heel pain and other foot and ankle problems often arise from wearing the wrong type of shoe for their particular activity and foot type. In order to avoid pain, stress fractures, swelling, or other injuries, it is important to use footwear with adequate support, and to change the shoes for a new pair at regular intervals once they have become worn.

Treatment for Heel Pain in Indianapolis

Treating heel and foot pain varies from patient to patient, depending on the cause of the pain. Conservative treatment options include rest, ice, medication (aspirin or ibuprofen to reduce swelling and inflammation and manage pain), and over the counter heel cups and wedges.

When to See a Podiatrist

Pain that does not subside over time or respond to conservative treatment should be brought to the attention of a podiatrist. Additionally, consult with a foot doctor if you experience excessive heel pain after an accident or injury, swelling, numbness, or tingling, problems bending, moving, or walking on the foot as normal, or any symptoms accompanied by a fever.

Contact a Podiatrist in Indianapolis

Don't let heel and foot pain slow you down. To learn more about how to prevent and find relief from heel pain, contact Dr. Jeffrey Agricola at Prestige Podiatry in Indianapolis to schedule an appointment today!

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