Common Heel Pain Symptoms

This week, I treated a patient who had a common complaint of heel pain.

“I have heel pain especially when I first get up in the morning, and again later in the day after I’ve been sitting for a while and get up to walk.”

I was able to diagnose the culprit, plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain that affects millions of individuals each year.  The plantar fascia is a broad ligament that spans the entire bottom of the foot just beneath the skin. When this ligament is stressed, the small collagen fibers begin to fray, causing inflammation and pain. This is caused by a number of factors including sports injury, obesity, jobs that require lots of standing and walking, high arched feet and flat feet. Treatments consist of shoe gear changes, anti-inflammatories, orthotics (custom molded shoe inserts), physical therapy, extracorporal shockwave therapy (EPAT) and surgery.

Don’t wait to treat plantar fasciitis.  It’s painful and debilitating, and there are treatments that can quickly alleviate pain.  Give us a call or click here to schedule an appointment!

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