Heel pain doesn't have to keep you off your feet. Here at the Ridgeland, MS, office of your podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, we offer treatments designed to relieve your painful heel symptoms—read on to learn more.
Why does my heel hurt?
Heel pain has many possible causes. Stepping on a hard object can cause an uncomfortable stone bruise, while deep calluses in your skin can also trigger pain. Although these heel issues usually go away on their own in a week or two, other heel conditions can cause pain for weeks on end.
Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain, could be the source of your issue if your symptoms are worse either in the morning or after you've been sitting for a while. This condition is caused by inflammation in the band of tissue that connects your heels to your toes.
A bone spur may also be to blame for the pain in your heel. You may be more likely to develop bone spurs if your shoes are worn out, you are over 40 years old, are overweight, or have plantar fasciitis.
Inflammation of your Achilles tendon, the long skinny tendon at the back of your heel, or the retrocalcaneal bursa can also cause heel pain. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that helps the tendon easily glide over the heel bone.
How can my Ridgeland foot doctor help me?
If you have severe pain or your symptoms don't improve after a week or two of home care, let your podiatrist know. Although treatments vary depending on the cause of your heel pain, your foot doctor may recommend one or more of these therapies:
- Heel Cups and Orthotics: These shoe inserts cushion and support your foot or heel to help absorb shock, thus making standing and walking more comfortable.
- Prescription Medication: Your podiatrist may prescribe medication to ease pain and inflammation.
- Corticosteroid Injections: Injections can be helpful if ice or over-the-counter pain medication aren't decreasing your pain.
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy exercises stretch and strengthen the muscles and tissues in your foot and heel, offering a simple way to relieve pain.
- Night Splints: Night splints may be recommended if you have plantar fasciitis. The splints stretch your feet while you sleep, easing pain.
- Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT): This treatment uses therapeutic pressure waves to promote healing and reduce inflammation.
Need relief? Give us a call
Do you have heel pain? Call your Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, at (601) 206-9101 to schedule an appointment.