Heel pain is a result of a condition called plantar fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome if there's a spur. There are other causes like a stress fracture, arthritis, or maybe even a cyst. Whatever the cause behind your heel pain, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, your Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID podiatrist can help.
What is plantar fasciitis?
It's the inflammation of the band of tissue extending from the heel to the toes. The tissue is called fascia and it first becomes irritated then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.
What are the causes of inflammation?
This happens because of a deformed foot structure. People who have overly flat feet or high-arched feet may develop plantar fasciitis. Other than genetics, poor choices contribute to this condition:
Wearing inappropriate footwear like:
- Non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces
- Standing for long hours on your feet
- Obesity also contributes to plantar fasciitis.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms include pain on the bottom of the heel, pain that worsens upon arising, and pain that increases over a few months.
In other words, it's most painful when getting up in the morning or after sitting for a long time. You'll feel relief after pacing for a few minutes because walking stretches the fascia, but, for some, the pain returns.
How does your Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, podiatrist diagnose it?
- She will delve into your medical history
- Examine your foot to rule out other issues
- Use diagnostic methods like x-rays or other imaging modalities to confirm the reason for heel pain
What are some non-surgical treatments?
Treatment of plantar fasciitis begins with home remedies:
- Stretching exercises
- Avoid going barefoot
- Limit activities
- Shoe modifications
Other treatment options include:
- Padding and strapping
- Orthotic devices
- Injection therapy
- Removable walking cast
- Night splint
- Physical therapy
What should you do next?
If you have more questions about heel pain, please call Foot and Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, at (866) 303-3668 and in Hayden and Kellogg, ID, at (208) 768-0909.