Heel pain is the most common kind of foot pain — so much so that many Americans assume it’s normal and goes away on its own. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. If untreated, heel pain often grows until it reaches an unbearable level. Expert podiatrists Heidi Godoy, DPM, and Johanna Godoy, DPM, at Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle, can help you end your heel pain before it gets any worse. Call the Wayne, New Jersey, office or use the online booking tool to make your appointment today.
Two of the most common reasons for heel pain are:
Plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain, occurs when your plantar fascia ligament is inflamed or damaged. The plantar fascia connects your heel to your forefoot, so it bears all your body weight.
As a result of continued stress from intense physical activity, extra weight, flat feet, or other factors, the plantar fascia may suffer small tears. These tears cause serious irritation and pain in your heel, and you feel it especially when you first get up in the morning.
Achilles tendinitis affects the tendon in your lower leg and heel. At the point where the tendon tucks into the back of your heel, intense inflammation can lead to serious pain.
Achilles tendinitis is usually caused by overexertion, such as exercising for too long or boosting your intensity too much.
Other common causes of heel pain include stress fractures, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, and peripheral neuropathy, among many others.
Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle has diagnostic equipment on-site, and the team can skillfully identify and treat your heel pain regardless of cause.
The board-certified podiatrists at Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle treat heel pain according to your specific condition and needs. In most cases, the best approach includes a combination of therapies. Your treatment may include:
Heel pain usually resolves with conservative treatments. But if your heel pain persists or even gets worse after exhausting nonsurgical options, your podiatrist at Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle may recommend a procedure like plantar fascia release or surgical tendon repair.
Your podiatrist can recommend effective ways to prevent heel pain after you’re fully healed. Suggestions may include implementing new forms and techniques you learned during physical therapy, wearing custom orthotics to guide optimal movement, and avoiding overexertion.
The Alps Road Family Foot & Ankle team handles your heel pain with gentle care to get you moving comfortably fast. Call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool.