If your first steps in the morning send a searing pain through your heel, you may have plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain that affects around two million Americans. Experienced podiatrist Eric Peters, DPM, diagnoses and treats plantar fasciitis and other causes of heel pain at his practice in White Plains, New York. Call the office today or schedule a consultation online if heel pain gets in the way of your everyday activities and limits your quality of life.
Heel pain is a widespread foot and ankle problem that has many potential causes. While plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, your discomfort may also be due to:
Sever’s disease can also cause heel pain, although the condition primarily affects children aged 8-14.
Your plantar fascia is a ligament that extends across the bottom of your foot. It supports the arch of your foot and connects to your ankle to help you point and flex your foot.
Excessive strain can damage your plantar fascia, leading to inflammation. For example, runners, dancers, and other athletes have a high risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Other risk factors include overpronation, tight calf muscles, obesity, and high arches.
Plantar fasciitis-related heel pain is most intense first thing in the morning or after a period of inactivity. The pain is sharp and shoots up through your heel.
You use your feet every day and should take foot and ankle pain seriously. You should make an appointment with your trusted podiatrist if your heel pain doesn’t go away within a few days of rest and at-home care. Persistent pain is a warning sign of a potentially serious issue.
The podiatrists at Eric Peters, DPM, provide thorough exams to identify the cause of your heel pain. Once your podiatrist understands your needs, they create a personalized treatment plan.
Fortunately, plantar fasciitis and other causes of foot pain often improve with conservative treatments, including anti-inflammatory medication, ice, stretching exercises, orthotics, and physical therapy.
In severe cases, your podiatrist may suggest a cortisone injection or Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) to relieve your heel pain.
Persistent cases that don’t respond to other treatments may require a surgical procedure such as a plantar fasciotomy or endoscopic plantar fasciotomy to release a small part of the fascia.
Call Eric Peters, DPM, or make an appointment online today if persistent and severe heel pain interferes with your life.