Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia, a band of tough tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, becomes irritated or inflamed. Heel pain, worst in the morning when getting out of bed, is the most common symptom, but arch pain may also be present. Your Oakland Regional Hospital podiatrist will develop a treatment plan for you that may include rest, foot and heel stretches, pain relievers, steroid and anesthetic injections, and special shoes or orthotics.
Heel spurs are very common but abnormal growths of bone on the bottom of the heel bone that may be caused by an abnormal gait, posture or walking, inappropriate shoes, or activities such as running. Spurs may cause foot pain while walking or standing. Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics to cushion your heels and absorb shock, pain relievers, rest, physical therapy or for some patients, surgery.
Heel fracture. The heel bone is the most commonly fractured bone in the foot, often caused by high impact to the heel, such as a fall from a height or car accident, but can also occur after vigorous exercise. Symptoms are heel pain, bruising, swelling or difficulty walking. Once diagnosed, your Oakland Regional Hospital podiatrist will recommend a treatment plan for your heel fracture that may include:
- Rest, often using crutches
- Padding the heel
- Splinting or casting to protect the heel bone
- Pain relievers
- Physical therapy
The podiatrists at Oakland Regional Hospital treat these and many other conditions of the feet. If you are experiencing foot pain or discomfort, click below to make an appointment for a consultation. Or, call the Appointment Hotline at (248) 423-8484.