Heel pain can develop for various reasons and can interfere with your ability to participate in certain activities or perform routine functions. Fortunately, there are several options available today for treating heel pain. Here at Foot and Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, your podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, can recommend a suitable treatment approach based on the specific cause of your heel pain. Read on to learn more!
What could be causing my heel pain?
There can be several possible causes of heel pain, one of the most common being that repetitive motions have put repeated stress and strain on your heels and feet. Other possible causes include:
- Foot injuries
- Stress fractures
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Heel spurs
Of all the causes on the list above, plantar fasciitis is perhaps the most frequent condition developed by patients. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia tissues that run along the bottom of the feet become inflamed and irritated due to tension or strain from overpronation or structural abnormalities in the foot. Plantar fasciitis causes frequent heel pain that ebbs and flows based on activity/time of the day.
What are the non-surgical treatments for heel pain?
In Spokane Valley, WA, heel pain can be treated through various non-surgical methods, including resting the foot, applying ice to the heel, wearing supportive shoes, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Other non-surgical treatments for heel pain include:
- Custom orthotics — Devices placed inside your shoes to correct overpronation or the structural abnormalities that have been causing your plantar fasciitis or other similar conditions.
- Padding and strapping — Pads are placed inside the shoes to soften the impact of stepping when walking or running. Strapping reduces strain on the plantar fascia tissues and helps support the foot.
- Walking cast — Involves wearing a removable cast for a few weeks to immobilize the foot so that it can rest and heal.
- Night splint — Wearing a splint while sleeping helps the plantar fascia tissues remain stretched for an extended time, which can minimize heel pain in the morning.
- Corticosteroids — Corticosteroids can be injected into the foot to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions.
- Physical therapy — Involves performing stretching exercises to improve flexibility and other exercises to strengthen the muscles in the feet.
When is surgery needed to treat heel pain?
Non-surgical treatments for heel pain are effective for most patients. In some cases, though, surgery is needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis or heel spurs when other non-surgical options have not provided complete relief after several months of treatment. A podiatrist can discuss surgical options with you if you are still experiencing heel pain after trying non-surgical treatment.
Need relief? Give us a call
You do not have to continue struggling with heel pain. A podiatrist can develop an effective treatment plan for you. For the treatment of heel pain in Spokane Valley, WA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Babol by calling Foot and Ankle Clinic at (866) 303-3668. Appointments are also available at the Foot and Ankle Clinic’s Hayden and Kellogg, ID, locations by calling (208) 762-0909.