Heel pain is one of the most common foot complaints from our patients. There can be many causes of heel pain, for example stress fractures or fractures due to injury, arthritis, tendinitis, neuritis. Our job as podiatrists is to rule out other causes and diagnose the cause of your heel pain. However, most often heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of a ligament that extends from heel to toes (plantar fascia). Usually pain is at the insertion of the plantar fascia at the level of the medical calcaneal tubercle( inside of the heel), swipe to next image. Patients describe pain is worse when taking their first step in the morning or from a seated position.
Conservative treatment includes stretching, icing, supportive shoe gear, inserts, oral anti-inflammatories and corticosteroid injections in our office. If symptoms do not improve, rest and immobilization utilizing a boot. Usually conservative treatment is enough to alleviate symptoms significantly. However, in some cases non surgical treatment is not enough, and we would consider surgical options and determine the most beneficial option for the patient. If you are experiencing heel pain, call our office at 615-866-9639 to schedule a visit with our wonderful physicians Dr.Kidanu and Dr. Lanier.