Heel pain can interfere with your ability to comfortably perform regular daily tasks or participate in favorite activities. There are several causes of heel pain. A podiatrist can determine what the cause of your heel pain might be and recommend appropriate treatment options. At Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America, Dr. Bryan Sheehan is your podiatrist for the diagnosis and treatment of heel pain in Bentonville, AR, and Grove, OK.
One of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which is associated with pain at the bottom of the heel and along the arch of the foot. With this condition, heel pain develops when the plantar fascia tissues running along the bottom of the feet become inflamed. Inflammation is often due to overpronation, in which the feet roll inward toward the arch when walking or running. Overpronation causes the feet to flatten out, so that the arches become overstretched, leading to tension and inflammation in the plantar fascia tissues.
Heel Spur Syndrome
Heel spur syndrome is another cause of heel pain that also often occurs in conjunction with plantar fasciitis. Heel spur syndrome occurs when calcium deposits form on the bottom of the heel. These calcium deposits are commonly referred to as heel spurs and can lead to extensive heel pain and discomfort whenever pressure is put on the feet.
Other Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain can be the result of several other causes aside from plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome. One fairly common causes of heel pain is a condition, known as achilles tendonosis, in which pain is felt at the back of the heel. This condition is commonly referred to as tendonitis. Other causes of heel pain include arthritis, stress fractures, sports injuries, and repetitive motions. No matter what the cause of your heel pain in Bentonville, AR, and Grove, OK, Dr. Sheehan can recommend an appropriate course of treatment.
Treating Heel Pain
Several methods exist for treating heel pain. The most suitable treatment or combination of treatments for you will depend on the specific cause of your heel pain, which can be determined by Dr. Sheehan. Common treatments for heel pain include:
- Orthotic foot supports
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
Several effective treatments are available for alleviating your heel pain and Dr. Sheehan can help you find the right one. For the treatment of heel pain in Bentonville, AR, schedule an appointment by calling Ankle & Foot Centers of Mid-America at (479) 224-6411. Alternatively, you can also contact the Grove, OK, office location at (918) 787-6893.