By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
April 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Many people suffer from heel pain much longer than necessary because they keep hoping the problem will go away on its own. heel painUnfortunately, if you continue to ignore the pain, it can become a chronic problem. Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. Bruce Ford, share information on a few common causes of heel pain.

Stone bruises

You may not realize just how painful bruises can be until you have to walk on one. Stone bruises tend to occur if you step on a hard object or if your feet aren't adequately cushioned when you run or walk. Ice, heel cups, and rest can help ease your pain. In most cases, the bruise will heal in a few weeks.

Plantar fasciitis

If you run your hand over the bottom of your foot, you'll notice that one long band of tissue extends from your heels to your toes. You'll experience pain in your heel if the band, formally called the plantar fascia, becomes irritated and inflamed. The problem is usually worse after you exercise, first thing in the morning or after you've been sitting for a while. If you run, you may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis, particularly if you don't wear supportive shoes. It can also occur if you have tight calf muscles, high arches or feet that pronate (turn in) too much.

Rest and stretching exercises can help if the condition is mild. If your pain doesn't go away in a few weeks, you'll want to visit Dr. Doxey and Dr. Ford in their Sparks office. Depending on the severity of your problem, they may recommend fitting you with orthotics, night splints or walking casts. Corticosteroid injections can be helpful if the pain just doesn't go away. Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated without surgery, but sometimes, it's unavoidable.

Heel spurs

Small calcium deposits called heel spurs can also cause pain. Although they're common if you've had plantar fasciitis, anything that puts pressure on your heels, such as running, jumping, wearing poorly fitting shoes or carrying too much weight, can increase your risk of developing a heel spur. Physical therapy, over-the-counter pain medication and corticosteroid injections or surgery can be helpful.

Heel fractures

Fractures typically occur if you've been in a car accident or injured your heel jumping or falling. If the bones haven't moved out of place, you'll need to wear a cast or boot for several weeks. Surgery will be needed if the bones have become displaced.

Isn't it about time you sought help for your heel pain? Call Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Doxey and Dr. Ford, at (775) 331-1919 to schedule an appointment.

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