By Podiatry Services of CNY, PC
December 18, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

The Most Common Causes of Heel Pain

Is heel pain holding you back in life? Heel pain is a common problem and it affects millions of people every year. It can interfere with your day-to-day activities, especially exercise. If you have heel pain, a podiatrist can help. If treated properly, your foot will heal well, allowing safe return to activity. Podiatry Services of CNY, which provides service in Syracuse, NY and surrounding areas, offers a full range of podiatric services. Read on to learn about the most common causes of heel pain. 

Plantar Fasciitis

This condition usually causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot. It is typically caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of your foot. Common treatments for plantar fasciitis include orthotic devices, medications, night splints, stretching exercises, and walking casts.

Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis, also known as Achilles tendinopathy, is an injury of the Achilles tendon, which is the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your calf muscles. Symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include inflammation or pain in the back of your heel. Walking or excessive exercise commonly cause this condition. If you think you may have Achilles tendinitis, you should seek professional help. If your foot condition gets worse, your tendon can tear, and you may need medicine or surgery to relieve the pain.

Heel Spur

Heel spurs are bony outgrowths of the heel bone and they can cause heel pain and make it difficult to stand, walk, or run. Heel spurs are common among athletes and fitness enthusiasts whose activities include jumping or running. Common treatments for heel spurs include pain medications, orthotics, shoe recommendations. stretching exercises, physical therapy, and surgery. 

Stress Fractures

A stress fracture of the foot can cause heel pain and inflammation. A stress fracture is a crack in a bone caused by repetitive stress or force, often from overuse. Stress fractures are common in athletes and runners who participate in running sports. If you have a stress fracture, you might need to use crutches or wear a brace. Surgical treatment is sometimes necessary to ensure complete healing of some types of stress fractures. 

Whether your goal is getting back to the gym, work, hobbies, or just enjoying life, one of our podiatrists at Podiatry Services of CNY in Syracuse, NY and surrounding areas can help. Also serving the Central New York area. Call one of our offices to make an appointment. We want you to live your best life!