Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems. Find out what could be going on.
Have you gradually been noticing that the heels and arches of your feet are achy after physical activity or after a full day of movement? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on. Fortunately, here at our offices in Springfield, Carlinville, Sullivan, Decatur, Shelbyville, and Taylorville, IL, our podiatrists, Dr. John Sigle and Dr. Grant Gonzalez, as well as chiropractor, Dr. Jared Kennedy, can help alleviate your heel pain.
What is causing my heel pain?
If you are experiencing pain under the heel, it is likely caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes the plantar fascia to become inflamed or irritated. If you are experiencing pain behind the heel (and also the sides of the foot) this is often caused by Achilles tendonitis.
Contrary to what you might assume, heel pain usually isn’t caused by an injury. In fact, this problem usually occurs over time as a result of overuse and overstretching of the tendon or fascia.
How is heel pain treated?
If you are only dealing with mild pain, then you may be able to ease the pain on your own; however, it is very important that you turn to your foot doctor in Springfield, Carlinville, Sullivan, Decatur, Shelbyville, or Taylorville, IL, if symptoms do not get better with at-home care.
You can ease heel pain by,
- Resting your feet and keeping your feet elevated when sitting down
- Placing an ice pack wrapped in a towel on the heel for 15-20 minutes at a time several times a day
- Wearing supportive, properly fitted, and cushioned shoes
- Wearing heel pads or shoe inserts in shoes to provide additional support and shock absorption for your feet
- Splinting or bandaging the arches of your feet (talk to your podiatrist about how to do this properly)
- Perform regular stretching exercises for the feet
- Take anti-inflammatory medications
- Avoid pointy shoes or high heels
Need relief? Give us a call
Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois provides comprehensive foot and ankle care to patients living in Springfield, Carlinville, Sullivan, Decatur, Shelbyville, and Taylorville, IL. If you are dealing with severe or recurring heel pain call the experts at (217) 787-2700 to schedule a consultation.