Have Heel Pain? We Can Help

Need help for persistent heel pain? Your podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia (with locations in Stafford and Lake Ridge) get to the root cause of your foot ailment and treat it effectively. Is it plantar fasciitis or something else? Learn more about why your heel could be hurting and what you can do.Heel Pain

The causes of heel pain

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that most heel pain originates with overuse. Overuse, plus time, age and weight issues often add up to inflammatory conditions of the foot and ankle such as:

Plantar fasciitis, a swelling of the connective tissue between the heel bone and base of the toes
Heel spurs, small bony projections often accompanying plantar fasciitis
Achilles tendinitis, an overstretching of the big tendon which runs between the heel and the calf muscles
Stress fractures, tiny breaks in the calcaneus, or heel bone, usually associated with running, jumping or dancing
Arthritis
Bone bruise

Treating heel pain
Surprisingly, most heel pain doesn't require surgical intervention. More conservative measures, and preventatives, usually suffice to control or eliminate the sources of discomfort. However, to determine your best course of treatment, your Stafford or Lake Ridge podiatrist will need to examine your foot and take digital X-rays and any and perhaps another imaging system if necessary. With a confirmed diagnosis, you can proceed with a treatment plan fitted to your diagnosis, other medical conditions, and lifestyle needs.
Treatment recommendations for heel pain often include:

Rest, ice, and elevation (helpful for stone bruises)
Shoes with wide toe boxes and good arch support (plantar fasciitis often results from an imbalance in gait)
Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics) to support and balance the foot
Over the counter medications
Stretching exercises before strenuous workouts
Cortisone injections
Heel pads
Wearing shoes at all times, even indoors
Losing weight to avoid excessive pressure on the heels and other parts of the foot

Call us
If your heel hurts, please don't wait. Get relief and avoid long-term problems. Contact Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia. We have two locations and are open Monday through Saturday: For Lake Ridge Foot & Ankle Center, phone (703) 491-9500, and for Stafford Foot & Ankle Center, call (540) 720-0700.

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