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When you are dealing with chronic heel pain, it can interfere with your ability to comfortably perform daily activities. For example, the simple act of walking can be painful when you have heel pain. Further, heel pain can get worse throughout the day the more you are on your feet.
Fortunately, here at Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute in Bozeman and Butte, MT, our knowledgeable foot doctors, Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd, can recommend specific treatment options for your heel pain.
Common Causes of Heel Pain
One of the most common causes of heel pain is a foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. Along the bottom of the foot are the plantar fascia tissues. When these tissues become inflamed and irritated, heel pain can develop. Individuals who are most likely to develop plantar fasciitis are those who routinely overpronate when walking or running. Overpronation occurs when the foot rolls inward so that the arch flattens when stepping.
Heel pain can also develop as a result of performing repetitive motions that put stress or strain on the feet. Other potential causes of heel pain include:
- Heel spurs
- Foot injuries
- Stress fractures
Several options are available for treating heel pain. Minor heel pain can often be effectively treated by resting the foot, applying ice, and taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain relievers. Another way to ease minor heel pain is to wear supportive shoes with adequate cushioning, especially in the heel area.
Severe or chronic heel pain is best treated by a podiatrist. The skilled foot doctors at our office in Bozeman and Butte, MT, can develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Some options for treating heel pain include:
- Physical Therapy — Exercises to improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles in the feet.
- Custom Orthotics — Devices placed inside the shoes to provide cushioning, stability, and arch support.
- Padding and Strapping — Padding in the shoes helps minimize the impact of walking, while strapping provides support for the feet and minimizes strain on the plantar fascia tissues.
- Night Splint — Worn while sleeping, the splint helps reduce heel pain by keeping the plantar fascia tissues in a stretched position for an extended time.
- Corticosteroids — Injected into the foot to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief.
- Surgery — When other treatment options have not completely resolved the issue, surgery can be performed to correct structural problems in the foot that are contributing to heel pain. Surgery is also needed to remove painful heel spurs or heel calluses.
Heel pain can be resolved with the right treatment plan developed by a podiatrist. To learn about your treatment options, schedule an appointment with Dr. Greene or Dr. Judd, our experienced foot doctors, by calling Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute in Bozeman at (406) 206-6366 or at (406) 782-2278 for our Butte location.
Heel pain is a common foot problem that podiatrists often treat. Knowing the cause of your pain is important in determining the most effective treatment method. Even if the pain seems minor, it’s amazing how much it can affect your whole body, making it difficult to get out of bed let alone go on your regular run. If you are struggling with heel pain you might be dealing with a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The source of your pain may originate in the plantar fascia, a tough band of connective tissue that connects your toes to your feet. If the fascia becomes inflamed, you may feel pain in your heel. Of course, everything from wearing high heels to long runs can actually irritate and cause inflammation within the plantar fascia. When this happens this is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition is usually the result of overuse and repeated stress rather than an injury.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain that originates at the bottom of the heel below the heel bone. The pain may spread to the arches of the feet and may also be accompanied by stiffness. These symptoms are often exacerbated first thing in the morning or after long bouts of sitting or standing. Sometimes, light activity and exercise can momentarily lessen the pain.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
If you know that you have plantar fasciitis (perhaps you’ve had it before) then you know it’s important to rest, avoid physical activity, and take over-the-counter pain relievers. Of course, if you’ve never experienced heel pain before it’s important to see a podiatrist to find out whether it’s plantar fasciitis or another condition such as heel spurs or Achilles tendonitis. A thorough evaluation from a medical professional is often necessary, especially if this is the first time dealing with heel pain.
Your podiatrist can also show you stretching and strengthening exercises that you can perform to help stretch the plantar fascia to reduce pain and discomfort. Some patients also choose to wear a night splint to reduce morning stiffness and arch pain.
If your symptoms aren’t being alleviated through conservative treatment methods or if you are experiencing chronic heel pain your podiatrist may recommend surgery.
If you are dealing with stubborn and painful heels turn to a podiatrist for a consultation.
If you have a sore or aching heel, find out the source and get relief. At Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute, Dr. Dallin Greene and Dr. Nathan Judd provide excellent diagnostic analysis and treatment of heel pain no matter the cause.
It could be many things...
The 26 bones and 33 joints in our feet take a lot of stress. Standing, running, jumping, injuries, and age--they change how our feet look, feel, and perform. In their Bozeman and Butte offices, your foot doctors at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute hear many people complain of how sore their heels are. Heel pain may stem from:
- Bone spurs, small calcified projections on the underside of the calcaneus, or heel bone
- Very flat or very high arches
- Overuse from sports or other activities
- Achilles tendinitis, inflammation of the large band of connective tissue running between the heel and the calf muscle
- A deep bruise from stepping on a stone
- Plantar fasciitis, an overstretching of the band of connective tissue between the calcaneus and the base of the toes
The most likely problem is plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, states the American Podiatric Medical Association. How does it develop, and why does it become chronic? Usually, plantar fasciitis results from overactivity--too much and too aggressive running, jumping, dancing and so on. People notice pain upon rising, but it may increase or decrease as the day goes on.
In addition, plantar fasciitis develops if:
- You overpronate your feet (roll toward the midline as you walk or run)
- You are overweight
- Shoes offer little to no support in the arches
- Your arches are very high or very flat
What to do about heel pain
Come to Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Bozeman or Butte where your foot doctor will do a complete podiatric examination, including digital X-rays and gait analysis as needed. He will review your symptoms and your medical history, arriving at a treatment plan to relieve your pain and increase your foot function.
To manage plantar fasciitis, Dr. Judd or Dr. Greene may recommend:
- More supportive footwear, particularly in the arches
- Custom-made shoe orthotics (inserts) to correct gait issues
- Ibuprofen to reduce inflammation
- Stretching exercises
- Splints (worn at night)
In cases of persistent heel pain, surgery may be needed. Many people respond well to more conservative interventions.
Feel like your self again, and keep moving. Come to Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute for an evaluation of your heel pain from your foot doctor. You'll love the personalized treatment you receive from Dr. Judd and Dr. Greene. We have offices in Butte and Bozeman, MT. Call (406) 782-2278 for an appointment.
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Of all the types of foot pain a patient may experience, heel pain is the most common according to the American Podiatric Medical Association. The discomfort can be felt not only on the bottom of the heel, but also in the ankle, lower leg, and under the foot. Don’t allow heel pain to keep you off your feet any longer—seek professional help from a podiatrist at the Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Butte and Bozeman, MT.
The Common Source of Heel Pain
A foot condition called plantar fasciitis, or heel spur syndrome, is the commonly reported cause of heel pain patients. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that extends from the toe bone to the heel bone. It takes a lot of pressure in the course of a day—especially when you’re wearing shoes that aren’t appropriate for your feet. That pressure leads to inflammation and pain that can make it nearly impossible to walk, run, or even stand in place for a long period of time.
Podiatric Heel Pain Solutions
A podiatrist at Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Butte and Bozeman, MT is familiar with why you may be experiencing heel pain, and how it can be eased. These are some of the most common solutions:
- Orthotics and padding designed to support the natural contours of your feet.
- Targeted stretching exercises that flex and stimulate the muscles, providing relief.
- Oral NSAID medications.
- Corticosteroid injections to manage pain.
- Surgical intervention.
Protect Your Heels and Feet
As much time as you may spend on your feet in an average day, it’s easy to forget to take care of them. Prioritize good foot health by adopting these simple foot care habits:
- Keep your custom orthotic inserts inside of your favorite shoes to protect and preserve your natural arch.
- Avoid wearing non-supportive footwear, or shoes that put a strain on your arch.
- Take a few days off and rest your feet. Give your heels a chance to heal.
Help for Your Heels
When you find yourself avoiding walking, running, and participating in your favorite activities because of unbearable heel pain, it’s time to see a podiatrist. Call 406-782-2278 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Dallin Greene or Dr. Nathan Judd at the Big Sky Foot and Ankle Institute in Butte or Bozeman, MT.