Any number of conditions that involve pain and swelling of the bottom and back of the feet can be describes as heel pain. Heel pain as a condition can have many different causes including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, stress fracture, or another condition that can be diagnosed by your doctor. In most cases, heel pain alone does not indicate a serious condition, however if swelling and pain persist or begin to impede your everyday activities, you should seek the care of a podiatrist.
Symptoms that could indicate your heel pain is more than just soreness include: sharp heel pain, burning heel pain, heel pain in the morning, heel pain at night, or other pain that causes you to stop your normal activities. If your heel pain does not subside after rest and icing, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our South Florida and Port Saint Lucie podiatrists will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or complete the form below.
What is Heel Pain?
Heel pain is a generic description for discomfort, burning, and swelling that affects the bottom of your foot and heel. Heel pain can indicate a number of different conditions including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, and stress fractures. If your heel pain persists and interferes with your lifestyle, you should see a podiatrist to diagnose the cause.
Symptoms of Heel Pain
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is characterized by severe heel pain, especially immediately upon standing in the morning. Other symptoms of heel pain that could indicate other conditions include burning, sharp pain, or pain at night after being on your feet all day. To accurately match your symptoms with a proper diagnosis, visit your doctor.
Treatments for Heel Pain
The treatment for your heel pain depends on the exact cause of your pain. The first step when experiencing foot pain is to rest your feet and use the common treatment anagram: R.I.C.E. That stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you are still experiencing pain in your heels after that, you should see a podiatrist for treatment. Depending on the condition you have, treatment can include anti-inflammatory medications, prescribed orthotics, proper shoes, extended periods of rest, casting, or surgery.
Diagnosing Heel Pain
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for heel pain treatment? Visiting a podiatrist shouldn’t be stressful. Our goal is to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet in good health. Diagnosing the reason for your heel pain can involve examining the foot and taking a look at your family and medical history. Your feet can be tested for strength and coordination. The doctor will also examine the wear on your shoes. In some cases, x-rays will be taken to get a better idea of the structure inside your foot and rule out any fractures or broken bones. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of problems that affect the feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
Don’t live with heel pain another day! Our Port St. Lucie podiatrists and doctors at our other locations across South Florida are very experienced in diagnosing and treating heel pain. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.