Causes of Heel Pain and Treatment Options
A 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
- Pinched nerve
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
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!