Heel pain—and pain at the back of the feet—in older adults can typically be caused by plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendon injuries, or various types of bursitis. Plantar fasciitis causes pain and stiffness at the bottom of heel, when the plantar fascia tissue that attaches there becomes damaged/torn and inflamed. It can typically be treated by night splinting to keep the plantar fascia in a neutral position, custom orthotics, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, shockwave therapy, and more. Bursitis is an inflammation of one of the bursas in the feet. Bursas are sacs filled with fluid that provide cushioning between bones and tendons and help reduce friction between bones. Bursitis in the feet can occur either where the plantar fascia or the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel bone, or in response to pressure from shoes at the back of the foot. These conditions can often be treated with footwear modifications, heel pads, gel wraps, orthotics and padding, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, night splints, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cold or warm compresses and more. If you have any type of pain in your heel, call a podiatrist. They are experts at diagnosing and treating all forms of heel pain.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.
If you have any questions please contact our office located in Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.