It can cause you pain gradually or acutely after an injury. Whichever way it happens, heel pain can really hurt. It can affect quality of life and limit mobility if you don’t take proper steps to relieve pain. In some cases, there are other problems that cause the heel pain, so the underlying problem needs to be treated as well.
Most cases of heel pain are caused by plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, a heel spur that results from another problem, inflammatory diseases like arthritis, or a bone-related problem like a fracture or tumor. Injury, such as jumping and landing on a rock or uneven surface can also cause pain by bruising.
You can try some of the following to relieve heel pain:
RICE method – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Sometimes, a long day of standing or walking can cause inflammation on the bottom of the feet, like with plantar fasciitis. To treat mild symptoms and to fight fatigue, try the RICE method for relief.
Additionally, you can try using over-the-counter NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). However, you should not use them for prolonged use.
Use orthotic inserts if the underlying problem is an overuse injury like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. They can provide stability, cushioning, and support to reduce pain in the heels.
A night splint can help with heel pain due to plantar fasciitis.
Physical therapy and other exercises may help to strengthen the feet and to prevent pain and fatigue.
If these treatments do not work, or if the pain is sudden and severe, you should contact our podiatrists. As stated above, heel pain can have an underlying problem that’s causing the discomfort. If the problem is not treated thoroughly, the heel pain will keep returning. In rare cases, the underlying problem may need surgical intervention (like excision of a bone spur or repairing tendons). Our podiatrists can help determine the right steps for you.
For persistent heel pain, come see us by making an appointment with us at The Podiatry Group. Our podiatrists, Dr. Mark E. Reiner, Dr. Michael A. Haughey, Dr. William G. Coates, and Dr. Erik D. Rosenlof can assess your heel pain at our Jonesboro, AR office.