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When to See Your Foot Doctor for Heel Pain

Spending a long night standing in high heels or stiff loafers is a recipe for heel pain, but if you are feeling constant or long-lasting discomfort on the bottom of your foot, simply changing into your slippers won't bring relief.

Pain on the underside of your foot is common and treatable, but it may take some trial and error to find the best method for you. At Family Foot and Ankle Care in Chandler, AZ, our podiatrists will work with you to end heel pain.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, happens when the tissue connecting the toes to the heel bone becomes irritated. This can result in swelling, stiffness, and pain ranging from mild to intense.

If you commonly wear high-heeled, narrow, pointed toe, or flimsy shoes you are more prone to heel pain. Being overweight or putting constant pressure on your foot with activities like running or jumping are also potential sources of heel pain.

When should I seek treatment for heel pain?

If your discomfort is making it difficult to stand or walk or preventing you from doing physical activities, have the podiatrists at our Chandler, AZ office evaluate your heel pain. We will examine your foot and check for tenderness or swelling before developing a custom treatment plan.

What can be done to treat my heel pain?

Usually, discomfort can be solved with at-home remedies, including one or more of the following:

  • Switching to low impact exercise
  • Avoiding high heeled or non-cushioned shoes
  • Wearing supportive, well-fitting footwear
  • Stretching your arches
  • Using a splint while sleeping

Treatments for heel pain done in our Chandler, AZ, office, such as physical therapy or a cortisone injection, may also be necessary. In rare cases a surgical procedure might be advised.

Trust the heel pain experts at our Chandler, AZ, office to have you up and about -- comfortably -- in no time. Call Family Foot and Ankle Care at 480-732-0033.