Your heels are built to sustain plenty of pressure. But everyday walking combined with the extra stress of athletic activities can quickly push them beyond their limit, and before long, you’re suffering from heel pain. The podiatrists at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center in Sacramento and Carmichael, California, have extensive experience diagnosing the cause of heel pain and developing treatment plans to heal the problem and provide pain relief. To get the help you need, call one of the offices or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.
Heel pain is often the result of gait abnormalities that put excessive stress on your heel. Injuries, wearing footwear with poor support, and being overweight can also lead to heel pain.
Foot conditions that cause heel pain include:
Of these conditions, plantar fasciitis is most often responsible for heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis is virtually synonymous with heel pain. This condition develops when the ligament connecting your heel to your toes becomes inflamed. The following problems can cause plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis may also lead to painful heels spurs that develop as excess bone accumulates on the underside of your heel.
Your Achilles tendon connects your heel bone to your calf muscle. Tiny tears develop in the tendon during repetitive activities. If your body doesn’t have time to heal the tears, and the activity continues, the tendon becomes inflamed. As a result, you feel pain in the back of your heel.
Your doctor at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center performs a thorough examination and may order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging to verify the cause of your heel pain.
Your treatment begins with conservative therapies such as modifying your activity and an exercise program. Your doctor may also prescribe customized shoe inserts or orthotics to cushion and protect your heel.
Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center podiatrists offer several cutting-edge treatments to relieve heel pain:
Effective treatment is available for heel pain at Sacramento Foot and Ankle Center; call one of the offices or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment today.