Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems and can have a number of causes, most of which are usually not serious and can typically be managed and treated conservatively. However, when heel pain becomes chronic, develops after an injury, or is generally recurring, it may be a symptom of a problem like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, two of the most common causes of heel pain. Dr. Bryan Sheehan, a podiatrist in Bentonville and Grove, OK, offers diagnostic and treatment options for heel pain and other foot and ankle related conditions and injuries.
What Could Be Hurting
There are a number of factors and podiatry issues that can result in heel pain. In addition to plantar fasciitis and tendonitis, other sources of heel pain include:
- Stress fracture
- Repetitive strain injury
- Inflammation of the heel pad
- Tendon rupture or tear
- Peripheral neuropathy (also known as diabetic foot)
What to Do About Heel Pain
If you are experiencing ongoing heel pain or acute (sudden onset) pain after an accident or injury, schedule an appointment with the podiatrist to determine the cause and extent of the damage. The podiatrist will perform a physical exam and potentially order an x-ray to determine the cause of your heel pain and extent of the inflammation or other problem.
If treatment for your heel pain is necessary, the most common treatments include:
- Medication for pain and swelling
- Physical therapy
- Supportive footwear
- Surgery (in very rare cases)
Find a Podiatrist in Bentonville and Grove, OK
For more information about the causes, treatment options, and things you can do to prevent or lower your risk of developing heel pain, contact Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheehan by calling 479-224-6411 for the Bentonville office or 918-787-6893 for the Grove location.