Your heels are the support system for your entire body and absorb shock and pressure all day. When they hurt, this pain has a huge impact on your daily life. At Denver’s Center for Foot and Ankle Care, Eugene Rosenthall, DPM, FACFAS, determines the cause of your heel pain and develops a plan to address it. Working with children and adults, Dr. Rosenthall reduces your heel pain and gets you back to doing the things you love. Book an appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.
Heel pain can occur when your heels become stressed after too much activity or from wearing uncomfortable shoes, but this type of heel pain usually goes away on its own. Chronic heel pain may indicate a more serious issue.
Some of the most common conditions that cause heel pain include:
In children ages 8-14, calcaneal apophysitis can cause heel pain. Inflammation of the heel’s growth plate causes this condition.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and occurs when there’s irritation and inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel to your toes, called the plantar fascia.
Men, women, and children with high or low arches or those who stand on their feet for extended periods of time without supportive footwear are more likely to suffer from this podiatric condition.
The most common plantar fasciitis symptoms include pain and swelling in and around your heel. Plantar fasciitis pain is often worse after you wake up or are immobile for a period. After a few minutes of movement, the pain usually decreases.
When you have heel pain, getting a proper diagnosis is the first step to getting the appropriate treatment. Dr. Rosenthall may X-ray your foot to determine what’s causing your heel pain and determine if a bone spur or fracture is present.
The treatment he recommends depends on your specific condition but almost always includes a protocol of rest from strenuous activities that might worsen the pain or inflammation in your heel. Your regimen may also add stretching exercises that support healing and pain relief.
Dr. Rosenthall may recommend shoe inserts to support your feet when walking.
In many cases, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications can address your pain and swelling. Dr. Rosenthall may also recommend ice or heat therapy to reduce inflammation.
If your heel pain doesn’t improve with these treatments, Dr. Rosenthall may choose a more aggressive treatment approach:
If untreated, heel pain can worsen over time. Seek the care of Dr. Rosenthall, an expert in foot and heel pain. Book your appointment online today or call the office to schedule.