Many sources of pain and discomfort in the heel area can be easily treated with some common sense methods. For example, by decreasing the rubbing and pressure from poorly fitting shoes, you can treat and prevent heel spurs, calluses, and blistering.
In many cases, heel pain will subside with rest and by stopping the activity that is causing the pain, but often the causes and necessary treatment can be much more complicated, requiring a visit to your podiatrist.
Some of the many possible causes of heel pain include the following:
- Diabetes complications—Peripheral neuropathy, which is the name given to the nerve damage often caused by diabetes, can create numbness, tingling, and pain in the heel area.
- Plantar fasciitis—The wide band of tissue that covers the bottom of your foot is called the plantar fascia and it often becomes injured and inflamed causing severe pain that can radiate to the heel.
- Injuries and fractures—Experiencing a fracture to your heel bone can happen when you come down hard on your heel while participating in sports, exercise, or work.
- Calluses and heel fissures—Thick calluses often form on the heel in response to weight and pressure and these can progress to heel fissures that can crack open and bleed, possibly leading to bacterial or fungal infection.
The many causes of heel pain can have very similar symptoms which is why you should see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. At Family Foot & Ankle Clinic, our podiatrist, Dr. Stephen Markantone treats a wide variety of foot and ankle conditions including sports injuries, diabetic foot issues, pediatric foot conditions, toe and foot deformities, fungal infections, and heel problems. Equipped with the most advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Family Foot & Ankle Clinic provides individualized and high-quality care for patients in the North Versailles and Delmont, PA areas. Contact our North Versailles office at 412-824-9370 or our Delmont office at 724-733-3338 to schedule an appointment.