Heel pain can happen due to foot and ankle trauma, overuse, walking abnormalities, and many other situations, including:
Heel pain can happen along with other foot pain, too. In some cases, you may have heel pain that radiates to your ankle. For example, if a severely swollen plantar fascia ligament pressures a nerve in your foot, it can trigger radiating ankle pain.
Heel pain can become debilitating quickly. If heel pain limits your daily activities or causes additional symptoms like red skin, swelling, or bruising, it's time to book an appointment at DeLoor Podiatry Associates.
Even if your heel pain is occasional rather than constant, it's important to see the foot doctors so you can diagnose the source of the pain and prevent it from returning or becoming permanent.
At DeLoor Podiatry Associates, the team takes a step approach to treatment. They start with conservative treatments and only recommend surgery if truly necessary for long-term heel pain relief.
Conservative treatments include physical therapy, home exercises, and custom orthotics. You may also need a brace to reposition your foot. For example, a night boot can help to stretch your plantar fascia as you sleep. Oral medication can treat the pain short-term, but if your pain persists after conservative treatments you may need minimally invasive treatment.
DeLoor Podiatry Associates offers many minimally invasive treatments for more serious heel pain, such as steroid injections to numb the painful area for as long as several months. Other options, like shockwave therapy, laser therapy, and regenerative medicine, work by stimulating your body's natural healing powers.
In severe cases where heel pain doesn't get better after trying all the nonsurgical options, you may need surgery. The team uses minimally invasive surgical techniques in most cases, which reduces the recovery time typically needed after foot surgery.
You can beat heel pain with help from DeLoor Podiatry Associates. Call the office nearest you or click the online appointment link.