Your heel bone is the largest bone in your foot, located at the rear part of the extremity. The arch of your foot and the heel work together, allowing your foot to evenly distribute force or pressure exerted on it, especially when you’re walking on uneven ground. Heel pain can limit your ability to walk or even stand up.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is the result of inflammation to the plantar fascia ligament, which attaches your heel bone to the sole of your foot. Strain or injury typically causes micro-tears to the plantar fascia. If you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience heel pain with your first steps in the morning or when standing up after sitting for a long period of time.
Other causes of heel pain include Achilles tendonitis, heel bursitis, and arthritis. Heel pad atrophy is another common cause of heel pain that results from the deterioration of the cushion-like surface under your heel.
Your provider at Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute first discusses your symptoms with you and assess their duration and severity. After a thorough physical exam to better understand the severity of your pain, where it stems from, and to see how much weight you can put on your foot, your provider may also opt for imaging tests such as X-rays.
They might also ask you questions about your exercise habits and whether or not you have a history of foot or heel problems. It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis so you can receive the most appropriate course of treatment.
Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute offers a variety of treatments to address heel pain. Once they determine the root cause of your heel pain, your provider works with you to develop a personalized treatment plan that’s right for you. Treatment may include a combination of interventions, including physical therapy, custom orthotics, or night splints.
If you’re dealing with heel pain that’s limiting your ability to function, call Dallas Orthopedic & Shoulder Institute or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.