Does your heel hurt? The most common reason for heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. As an experienced podiatrist serving Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM has treated many cases of plantar fasciitis. To find out how you can get help with this condition, contact Dr. Auger today.
The ligament or tissue connecting the heel bone to the toe is called the plantar fascia. This ligament can become strained, causing tiny ligament tears. Most cases of plantar fasciitis happen because tight calf muscles can cause the arch of the foot to drop, or overpronate. All different types of arch problems, including high arches or flat feet, can actually increase the chances of ligament problems.
People who wear shoes that don’t fit well, or who routinely spend long periods of time standing or walking, are at increased risk of plantar fasciitis. Unfortunately, the ligament tears that occur with this condition can cause swelling and significant discomfort and can impair mobility.
Pain in the heel is the main symptom of plantar fasciitis. Typically, the pain worsens throughout the course of the day, although you will feel discomfort in the heel as soon as you wake up. Climbing stairs may worsen the discomfort you feel.
Because heel pain can be a symptom of multiple conditions impacting the foot, the first step when you visit a foot doctor with heel pain is to determine what the specific cause of your pain is. You should undergo a full exam, which may include X-rays.
After you are diagnosed, Dr. Auger will work with you on an appropriate treatment plan. You will usually begin with conservative treatments such as rest, ice, and pain medications. Dr. Auger can also help you to learn some stretches that help to reduce heel pain and can advise you on changes to footwear or the use of shoe inserts or heel cups to relieve pain. Splints or surgery are also possible if your heel pain does not lessen with the conservative treatment approaches.
Dr. Auger has helped many patients in Salt Lake City, West Jordan, and Sandy, Utah who are suffering from plantar fasciitis. To find out more about the treatment options a foot doctor can provide if you are suffering from heel pain, give us a call.