Heel pain can be very annoying, and troublesome. From the moment you stand up in the morning you’re bothered with every step you take.
Heel pain may be caused by several different conditions, but there is one condition that is extremely common and likely the cause of your heel pain. Also, heel pain in the morning especially is a common indicator of this condition.
In today’s post we will go over the most common cause of heel pain, and your best course of treatment to prevent yourself from experiencing this pain and living an active and pain-free lifestyle.
One of the single most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that arises when the plantar fascia, a thick band of ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed and painful due to stress leading to small tears in the tissue. The plantar fascia connects your heel bone to the base of your toes and supports the arch of your foot, a very important aspect of foot mobility and daily motions such as walking, standing, and running. With daily wear and tear the plantar fascia can become worn and these tears can develop in anyone’s foot. It is a common condition because it can arise from regular activities of day to day life. Heel spurs can also cause and complicate inflammation.
Debilitating Pain in the Heel From Plantar Fasciitis
With your first step getting out of bed in the morning, the pain may be the most severe, it can be excruciating and debilitating pain.
The heel pain can subside throughout the day but will always come back after long periods of being off your feet and then standing back up. And if not treated properly the pain can last for months and even years.
Dr. Ryan Huntsman and Dr. Elie Elias recommend a combination treatment, with professional care and at home care to reduce ligament inflammation and reduce or even get rid of the heel pain altogether. Depending on the specific case, treatment options include:
• Stretching, using a foam roller or golf ball
• Medication of NSAIDs or similar
• Steroid injections
• A night splint to keep the plantar fascia loose
• Better supporting shoes
• Custom Orthotics
• Heel surgery in the most severe case, which you would hope to prevent with early care.
The sooner treatment begins for plantar fasciitis the better the sooner you can expect relief from your heel pain. Usually more icing, stretching and other treatments in combination will provide a quicker, better and lasting outcomes.
Plantar Fasciitis Doctor Cleveland, OH
If you’re in the Cleveland area in need of a heel pain specialist, reach out to our office where podiatrists Dr. Ryan Huntsman and Dr. Elie Elias take compassionate care of all patients from the smallest injuries to the most severe conditions. The podiatrists at Highland Podiatry Associates are heel pain doctors, ready to help manage and treat your heel pain. Call us at (440) 473-0550 to schedule at our office in Highland Heights or Sagamore Hills, Ohio. You can contact us online here.