The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, but keep in mind that 30% of people are misdiagnosed with “plantar fasciitis” when, in fact, they have ligament/tendon tears, nerve entrapment, bone bruises or stress fractures. For this reason, it is important that you be examined by a foot specialist first.
There are a number of solutions and treatment options for foot pain. For heel pain due to plantar fasciitis, the pain is always at its worst first thing in the morning and usually responds really well to stretching and proper arch support. Arch support must be an around-the-clock treatment and not simply when you are active or at work. We recommend supportive shoes and custom orthotics. Also, while at home, consider slippers that accommodate an orthotic like those made by Biotime or a supportive house sandal.
If you have had a return in plantar fasciitis pain, your treatment will need to be a bit more aggressive and so we may offer a special foot support sleeve, such as Infracare Compression Sleeves with heat. If you are already wearing orthotics, we will determine whether or not your orthotic needs to be adjusted or if it is doing its job well.
If you’ve laced up your running shoes, only to find that your heel pain has returned, request an appointment. We can help!
Call us to get started on a treatment plan today!