Find out when it’s time to consult a foot care specialist about your heel pain.
You thought you were going to get up and go on your morning run before work but you realize as you get out of bed that one of your feet has other plans for you. Instead, you feel a sharp, stabbing pain coming from your heel. No, you didn’t step on anything; chances are good that you might be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Find out more about plantar fasciitis and how our Hackensack, NJ, podiatrists Dr. Edward Harris, Dr. Antonella Cella, and Dr. Neil Goldberg can help.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel bone. If the fascia is overstretched or overused this can lead to inflammation and heel pain.
How do I treat heel pain?
Luckily, heel pain can often be treated with simple conservative care. The best thing you can do is to avoid strenuous and high-impact activities that can exacerbate your heel pain. Rest is key to improving heel pain. Other treatment options include:
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce swelling and pain
- Icing the heel for 10-15 minutes to reduce inflammation and pain
- Performing certain foot stretches and strengthening exercises several times a day
- Placing custom orthotics (shoe inserts) into shoes to provide additional cushioning and support
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning stiffness and pain
When should I see a doctor?
If you’ve never had heel pain before then it’s a good idea to turn to our Hackensack, NJ, foot doctor for an evaluation so you know whether you are dealing with plantar fasciitis or another condition. Since there are many issues that can lead to heel pain it’s important that you are following the right treatment plan.
You should also come in for a professional evaluation if:
- Your heel pain is getting worse
- You are dealing with severe pain or swelling
- You aren’t experiencing numbness or tingling in the heel
- You can’t put weight on the foot
- Symptoms aren’t improving after a week of at-home care and rest
Podiatry Foot & Ankle Institute provides comprehensive foot and ankle services to the Hackensack and Montvale, NJ, areas. If you are having trouble getting heel pain under control then give us a call today.