Posts for: January, 2017
Walking and standing are two important tasks that, when compromised, can have a huge affect on your quality of everyday life. Fortunately, heel pain is a common condition with many treatments to choose from. Learn more about heel pain treatment with Dr. Gerald Paul at McLean County Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain comes from various sources and normally depends on a patient’s lifestyle, injuries and the physical makeup of their foot. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:
- trauma to the foot
- Achilles tendonitis
- bone spur
- nerve damage
- stress fracture
- plantar fasciitis
If you feel as though heel pain has begun affecting your everyday life, you should schedule a diagnostic appointment with your podiatrist. There, your doctor will determine the underlying cause of your heel pain to find the best treatment plan for you.
How can my podiatrist help my heel pain?
Your appointment will include a physical examination and help your doctor gather information on your medical and family history and lifestyle. These important factors can help pinpoint the root of your pain to find the appropriate treatment. The physical examination may also include x-rays or MRIs to see the structural makeup of your foot and ankle.
Heel Pain Treatments in Bloomington, IL
Treating heel pain depends heavily on its cause. For example, treatments for heel pain from plantar fasciitis may be different than treatments due to a broken bone or stress fracture. Most treatments begin with over-the-counter medication and at-home care like resting the painful foot and applying hot and/or cold compresses. Your doctor may suggest some prescription medications or cortisone injections. Prescription custom orthotics worn inside the shoe can help distribute the body’s weight onto the foot properly and a brace can help properly align the foot and ankle. Some conditions require surgery though more conservative treatments are almost always tried first.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Paul at McLean County Foot and Ankle in Bloomington, IL. Call (309) 662-9001 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Paul today!