Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or, rarely, a cyst.
Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. A foot and ankle surgeon is able to distinguish between all the possibilities and to determine the underlying source of your heel pain.
Heel Pain Causes
The most common cause of plantar fasciitis relates to faulty structure of the foot. For example, people who have problems with their arches, either overly flat feet or high-arched feet, are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis.
Wearing nonsupportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. This is particularly evident when one’s job requires long hours on the feet. Obesity and overuse may also contribute to plantar fasciitis.
Heel Pain Nonsurgical Treatment
Treatment of plantar fasciitis begins with first-line strategies, which you can begin at home:
If you still have pain after several weeks, come see us at Peoria AZ Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors may add one or more of these treatment approaches:
We would love to see you to educate you on the best possible care for your feet. We have locations in Peoria, AZ and Wickenburg, AZ