End Your Heel Pain
If you experience heel pain on a regular basis, you probably know how irritating and annoying this condition can be. However, your podiatrist can help you overcome your heel pain to get back on your feet. Learn more about ending your heel pain with your doctor at Achilles Foot and Ankle Center in Henrico, VA and Richmond, VA.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain comes from various sources depending on underlying conditions, your body’s natural abnormalities, and other influencing factors. Common causes of heel pain include:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- bone spur
- nerve damage
- trauma or injury
- stress fracture
How does my podiatrist diagnose heel pain?
Your podiatrist will use a physical examination coupled with testing techniques to diagnose the cause of your heel pain. Be prepared to honestly answer questions about your medical and family histories, lifestyle, activity level and the type of pain you experience. It is helpful to keep a pain journal to document your pain. Write down when you experience pain, how long it lasts and if anything makes it worse or helps it feel better. Also include the level of pain on a scale of 0, no pain, to 10, the worst pain.
Heel Pain Treatment in Richmond, VA
Treating heel pain relies on properly treating the reason behind it. Most heel pain treatments begin with conservative treatments, such as getting plenty of rest and icing the foot, which allows the body’s natural healing abilities to take over. However, when conservative treatments are not effective, your doctor may suggest prescribing custom orthotics to wear inside of your shoes or corticosteroid shots. Severe cases may require surgery.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Achilles Foot and Ankle Center in Richmond, VA. Call to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!