While heel pain is often negligible and ignored at first, this condition can seriously disrupt an individual’s quality of life and physical health over time. The heel is the largest of all 26 bones in your foot, which means that any overuse or injury has a serious impact on function. Whether your heel pain is mild or incapacitating, JAWS Podiatry offers a variety of medical healing methods.
Heel pain is often related to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a biomechnical condition caused by immense and ongoing pressure that damages the ligament and causes pain or stiffness at the sole of the foot. Other causes of heel pain at the bottom of the foot include stone bruises and heel spurs. Heel pain behind the heel is usually caused by bursitis. Bursitis is characterized as inflammation of the Achilles tendon, and is typically due to over exercise or uncomfortable shoes.
To effectively treat heel pain, we provide comprehensive examinations to pinpoint exactly what is causing your sore heel. We look for signs of tenderness, swelling, and may ask you to undergo a physical test for standing and walking. Depending on your evaluation, we may require X-rays to determine if spurs are the cause.
JAWS Podiatry may recommend the following at-home heel pain treatments:
- Heel inserts
- Tendon stretches
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Icing to reduce inflammation
JAWS Podiatry also offers the following in-office services to help patients suffering from heel pain find relief:
- Platelet-rich plasma injections to decrease plantar fascia thickness. This procedure usually requires two to seven days of recovery time (no weight bearing).
- Stem cell therapy to promote tissue healing, repair and regeneration. Patients may see noticeable improvement to heel pain in two to six weeks.