Are You Dealing with Heel Pain?
Heel pain is a very common complaint; however, even though it’s common, it shouldn’t just be brushed aside as not being important. If you have heel pain, you may be wondering what’s going on. From the office of our Vero Beach, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Keith J. Kalish, DPM, we discover the common causes of heel pain and determine the best course of action for getting rid of your discomfort.
Common Causes of Heel Pain
There are many things that could be causing your heel pain, which is why it’s important to turn to our Vero Beach, FL, foot doctors (especially if you’ve never dealt with heel pain before). The most common causes of heel pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis (pain on the bottom of the heel)
- Achilles tendonitis (pain at the back of the heel)
- Heel spurs
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Stress fracture
When to See a Podiatrist
While some cases of heel pain will clear up on their own with the proper care and rest, it’s also important to know when it’s time to visit a medical professional for diagnosis and treatment. It’s time to see a foot doctor if:
- Your heel pain is severe
- There is a severe swelling of the heel
- You are experiencing tingling, numbness, or weakness in the heel
- Your pain is getting worse or not improving with at-home care
Treating Heel Pain
The treatment options that we provide will depend on the root cause of your heel pain. While there are many people who will respond to simple at-home care such as rest, splinting, and specific stretches, this sometimes isn’t enough for those dealing with more moderate-to-severe cases of heel pain. Chronic heel pain can occasionally set in, and if so, this is something we can help you tackle.
One way to alleviate stubborn heel pain is through custom orthotics. These shoe inserts are made by our foot care professionals to redistribute weight evenly throughout the foot to improve the structure and biomechanics, especially when standing or walking. Furthermore, orthotics provide stability, support, cushioning, and shock absorption to protect the heel as it heals.
If you are dealing with severe or chronic forms of heel pain (often from heel spurs, tendonitis, or plantar fasciitis) and your symptoms aren’t responding to treatment, you may benefit from Shockwave Therapy. Shockwave Therapy sends electromagnetic pulses to the heel to cause microtraumas to the tissue, which in turn stimulate the body’s natural healing response to speed up the overall healing process.