FAQ: Heel Pain
What is plantar fasciitis?
When people suffer from heel pain, the most common reason is because of plantar fasciitis. This is when the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes gets inflamed. Usually the discomfort is worse in the mornings or after long periods of sitting. It is typically caused by overuse of the foot. Runners and people who are overweight are also at risk because of the added pressure they put on the feet. One of the leading contributors is wearing shoes that don’t offer proper support. A key way to treat this condition is by wearing a custom-made orthotic—or even an over-the-counter shoe insert. When pressure is taken off the inflamed area, the foot can begin to heal on its own.
If you are suffering from heel pain call Dr. Rahn Ravenell to schedule an appointment today. Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC is here to meet all of your podiatric needs.
What are causes of heel spurs?
One of the main causes of heel spurs is plantar fasciitis. A bony protrusion can form due to pressure and stress of the tendon pulling on the bone. Others who are at a higher risk of developing spurs include people who live an active lifestyle, the elderly, and women who wear tight fitting high heels. Treatment boils down to easing the pressure on the feet by resting them and wearing shoes that are supportive.
If you are suffering from heel pain due to heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell today or book an appointment online. Here at Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC, we are dedicated to the health of your feet. Do not let heel pain get in the way of your daily life any longer.
Should I have surgery for plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis surgery is very rarely needed. This foot condition occurs when the plantar fascia along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. The preferred methods of treating this problem are conservative. You can start out by doing physical therapy and stretching your feet. Stretching the arches, calves, and heels can really make a difference in the amount of pain you feel. Custom-made orthotics and over the counter shoe inserts are another option for treating plantar fasciitis. If these don’t make a difference, you can try steroid injections, laser therapy, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). If the pain still persists, it may be time to think about surgery. The best option here is the detachment of the plantar fascia from the heel, which can result in weak arches. It is only done in very severe cases when all else fails.
For more information on treating plantar fasciitis, call Dr. Rahn Ravenell to schedule an appointment, or stop by Coastal Podiatry, LLC in Mt. Pleasant, SC.