The feet are one of the most robust structures in the body. It is responsible for supporting heavy loads and your body weight. However, it too has its limits and is prone to injury from every day wear and tear. Walking and running on rough surfaces or wearing ill-fitting shoes for example could exposes you to foot injuries.
Heel pain is a common occurrence and most could be treated with enough rest. But for those who experience chronic heel pain, this could be a symptom of a more serious foot injury. And without immediate treatment, the foot injury could get worse. This could require more complicated and expensive treatments.
Pain is a clear indication of an injury. Consult a podiatrist if heel pain becomes chronic or increases in intensity. Dr. John Schilero is a podiatrist who specializes in helping people with bunions and other foot conditions.
Below are possible causes of heel pain:
Plantar fasciitis – this is usually the result of frequent high-intensity running or jumping. This can cause an inflammation on the tissue band (fascia) which connects the heel bone to the base of the toes. The pain is located at the center of the heels and starts mildly but worsens after long periods of rest or upon waking up in the morning.
Heel spur – if plantar fasciitis remains untreated, it can result to the formation of calcium deposits on the area where the fascia tissue connects to your heel bone. This calcium deposit formation is referred to as a heel spur. Treatments is usually similar to plantar fascia
- Rest your heel until the pain stops
- Do stretching heel exercises
- Wear heel pad shoe inserts
Stone bruise – if you accidentally step on a hard object such as a stone or rock, your fat pad may experience trauma or produce bruises under the side of the heels. This can produce pain but usually disappears with rest.
Achilles tendonitis – pain behind the heel area can be an indication of Achilles tendonitis. This can be caused by running, jumping or wearing shoes that constantly rub the back of your heel. It can produce skin thickening, redness and swelling.
At Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute located in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Wellington, we specialize in helping people suffering from foot injuries. To schedule an appointment, call 561-694-7776 EXT. 2112.