Don't assume your heel pain will go away; it should always be examined by a professional.
It can be tempting to overlook a nagging pain in your heel, particularly if the discomfort gets better after walking around for a while. But Dr. Alan Discont and Dr. Morten Krahn, your podiatrists at Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, urge their patients to seek treatment for heel pain lasting longer than a week or so. It can be a sign of the following conditions.
Stabbing heel pain, particularly in the morning or after long periods of sitting, is often associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition in which a large ligament that runs between the front of the foot and the heel becomes inflamed. This inflammation can be due to a sudden increase in exercise or activity, long periods of standing or obesity. Sometimes your Chandler podiatrist finds that the cause of plantar fasciitis isn't clear, but it's important to take steps to treat it early so the condition doesn't worsen. Physical therapy and shoe inserts are effective treatments for many people.
Like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis affects a band of tissue that has been strained from overuse. However, it is located at the back of the leg between the calf and the heel, and an achy feeling in that area is its hallmark symptom. Runners are at particular risk for developing this condition. To avoid ruptures or tears that could require surgical intervention, Achilles tendinitis should be examined by your Chandler podiatrist and treated with a combination of padded orthotics and special exercises.
There are many other causes of heel pain, including bone abnormalities, arthritis or fractures. That's why it's imperative that you contact Family Foot & Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, for a thorough examination of your persistent heel pain from one of our two qualified podiatrists. We want to help you get back to your regular activities as soon as possible, so please call to make an appointment today!