Heel pain is one of the most common podiatry complaints. There are a few potential causes for heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, a stress fracture, or arthritis. Temporary heel pain may resolve on its own, but persistent heel pain may be a sign of an injury. Dr. Frank Campo, a podiatrist at North End Foot Center in Boston, MA, offers treatment for heel pain.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Boston, MA
Heel pain usually occurs on the bottom side of the heel, or above the heel, which may be a sign of a common condition like Achilles tendinitis. Conservative treatments like rest, medication for pain and inflammation, supportive inserts or orthotics, and physical therapy are often enough to treat some instances of heel pain, depending on the cause. Other potential causes of heel pain include:
- Heel or bone spurs
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
Signs and Symptoms of a Heel Injury
- Pain in the morning right after waking up or after long periods of sitting
- Persistent pain that lasts for more than a week or two
- Pain following trauma or a sports injury
For mild to moderate heel pain, conservative treatments and self-care are usually enough to manage and relieve heel pain. Your podiatrist may also recommend making a few lifestyle modifications to avoid repetitive strain injuries; a healthy diet and an appropriate exercise plan to maintain a healthy weight, and investing in supportive shoes and sneakers that are a good fit for your activity levels and foot type. People with flat feet or low arches can be more susceptible to issues like plantar fasciitis in some cases.
Find a Podiatrist in Boston, MA
For more information about the causes and treatment options for heel pain and other foot and ankle injuries and conditions, contact North End Foot Center by calling (617) 248-8682 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Campo today.