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PODIATRY CARE WITH A HOMETOWN TOUCH
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Have you ever gotten up from a chair or out of bed in the
morning, and upon taking that first step, feel like your heel has
stepped on a tack? Many people experience a feeling of sharp
pain which radiates into their arch from their heel and which
does not allow them to put their heel on the floor. Sometimes
they need to sit back down, stand only on their toes and use the
wall for balance. If you can take a few steps, it seems to go away
and lessens, allowing you then to resume your activity. Later,
throughout your day and after a period of rest, it can happen
again. If this sounds familiar you may be suffering from your
first attack of heel pain.
Heel pain is a debilitating condition that affects day to day
activities. Running and walking both cause stress on the heel
because the heel is the part of the foot that hits the ground first.
This means that the heel is taking on your entire weight.
Diagnosis and treatments for heel pain can be easily found
through your podiatrist.
One of the main causes of heel pain is a condition known as
plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that
extends along the bottom of the foot, from the toe to the bottom
of the heel. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation
of these tissues, resulting in heel pain. People who do not wear
proper fitting shoes are often at risk of developing problems
such as plantar fasciitis. Unnecessary stress from ill-fitting
shoes, weight change, excessive running, and wearing non-
supportive shoes on hard surfaces are all causes of plantar
Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Similar to
plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause
heel pain due to stress fractures and muscle tearing. A lack of
flexibility of the ankle and heel is an indicator of Achilles
tendonitis. If left untreated, this condition can lead to plantar
fasciitis and cause even more pain on your heel.
A third cause of heel pain is a heel spur. A heel spur occurs
when the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of
stress, leading to a separation of the ligament from the heel
bone entirely. This results in a pointed fragment of bone on the
ball of the foot, known as a heel spur.
Kelly N. May, DPM, FACFAS
Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
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