Heel pain can make your life miserable. Usually worse first thing in the morning, this persistent discomfort impacts your exercise routine, work, and even walking to the store. Fortunately, here at Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, IL, your foot doctors—Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy—get to the source of heel pain.
It's often plantar fasciitis
Most heel pain originates in an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Resulting from overstretching of the connective tissue between the heel and base of the toes, plantar fasciitis happens when you repeatedly twist your foot toward the midline when you walk or run.
Also, 10 percent of these patients have co-existing heel spurs, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). While heel spurs do not cause plantar fasciitis, explains the AAOS, they do add to its discomfort.
Additional sources of heel pain are:
- Plantar warts
- Achilles tendinitis
- Fractures and sprains
At our Naperville office, your foot doctors use visual inspection, digital imaging, and gait analysis (a critique of how you place your feet on the ground) to diagnose the reasons for your heel pain. From there, they customize a treatment plan to manage or completely eliminate this discomfort. Surgery, fortunately, is rarely a top option.
Treating your foot pain
Your podiatrist may advise interventions such as:
- Rest, ice and elevation of the affected foot
- Change in footwear to something with good arch support
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy
- Over-the-counter analgesics or in-office cortisone injections
- Custom-crafted orthotics, or shoe inserts, to control improper foot motion
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or ECSWT
At Fox Valley Foot Specialists in Naperville, Dr. Brendon McCarthy and Dr. Mark Konieczy are skilled foot doctors who work hard to give patients pain-free and mobile feet and ankles. If you have heel pain, call us for a consultation: (630) 548-3900.