Find out the culprit behind your heel pain and how our North Shore and Wilmette, IL podiatrist can help.
While it might not seem like it, your feet are actually pretty complex structures. They contain 26 bones, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, 3 joints and a variety of tendons that all work together to keep your feet moving and functioning properly. So, as you can imagine, if one of these structures is irritated, inflamed or misaligned then you’ll certainly have some pain and discomfort. From the office of our North Shore and Wilmette, IL foot doctor, Dr. Gary Rogers, find out why you are suffering from heel pain.
Common heel pain causes include:
- Plantar fasciitis (the most common cause)
- Achilles tendinitis
- Bone spur
- Heel pad injury
Do you experience heel pain that is particularly worse in the mornings? Does your heel pain make it difficult to move around and take your first few steps? If you said yes then your heel pain could be due to an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis, in which the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia becomes inflamed.
Risk factors that can predispose you to plantar fasciitis include being overweight, pronating (in which weight isn’t distributed evenly when you walk), standing or lifting heavy objects for long periods of time, wearing poorly fitted or non-supportive shoes, or suddenly changing the intensity or duration of a workout. This condition is seen in runners or athletes who suddenly increase how intense or how long their workouts are. In this case, plantar fasciitis is often due to overuse.
Fortunately, there are many ways to eliminate your heel pain. Once we determine whether plantar fasciitis is causing your symptoms, we will be able to treat it with a variety of different conservative measures such as,
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Elevating the foot
- Avoiding high-impact activities
- Wearing orthotics and supportive shoes
- Bracing or splinting the foot
- Corticosteroid injections (for more severe pain)
Don’t hesitate to turn to Wilmette Foot and Ankle Clinic in North Shore and Wilmette, IL to get the proper medical attention your feet need. Pain isn’t normal and should be addressed as soon as possible. Call us right away.