As the largest bone in your foot, your heel is responsible for bearing your weight and helping you maintain your balance. Javeria Hussaini, DPM, is an experienced podiatrist who understands how difficult it is to live with constant heel pain. At her practice in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Dr. Hussaini can find the root cause of your heel pain and offer the right solution to keep you moving. To schedule an appointment today, call the office or book a visit online now.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common reason people see a podiatrist for heel pain. The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue in your foot that connects the bottom of your toes to your heel.
The repeated stress of high-impact exercise can inflame the plantar fascia, leading to pain and stiffness around the heel that feels worse in the morning or after high-impact exercise. Plantar fasciitis can make it difficult to walk, run, or even stand without heel pain.
Other common causes of heel pain include:
The Achilles tendon connects the heel to the muscles in your calf. When this tendon becomes injured or inflamed, it can lead to Achilles tendonitis, which causes heel pain and stiffness.
A fracture in the heel is a bone break that can make it difficult to bear your weight without pain.
Sprains in the muscles, tendons, and ligaments surrounding the heel can cause pain that radiates throughout your heel.
The bursae are fluid-filled sacs that surround your joints. When they become swollen and inflamed, you can experience discomfort and pain in your heels.
After a comprehensive physical evaluation and review of your medical history, Dr. Hussaini may recommend imaging scans, such as an X-ray or MRI, to view the underlying structures of your foot and ankle.
Once Dr. Hussaini determines the cause of your heel pain, she can tailor a treatment plan that meets your needs and goals.
Rest, ice, and elevation are essential for relieving chronic heel pain. You can relieve swelling and inflammation with over-the-counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory medications.
One of the most common treatments for heel pain is custom-fit orthotics. Specially made to fit the shape of your feet, custom orthotics provide support and cushioning to relieve pain in your heels and arches.
Physical therapy combines therapeutic exercises, stretches, massages, and more to rebuild strength and improve flexibility in the soft tissues surrounding your joints to reduce discomfort from heel pain.
If your pain continues to worsen after trying noninvasive treatments, Dr. Hussaini may recommend corticosteroid injections or surgery.
Heel pain can limit your mobility without treatment. To schedule a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Hussaini today, call the practice or book an appointment online today.