Severe or persistent heel pain can be difficult to cope with. If you struggle with heel pain, the team at CFP Physicians Group in Casselberry, Florida, offers advanced diagnostics and effective treatments. The podiatrists specialize in individualized care and develop the right treatment plan for your condition. To learn more about treatments for heel pain, call the office, or book your appointment online today.
There are many possible causes of heel pain, including:
Most cases of heel pain are caused by plantar fasciitis. This condition refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottoms of your feet. Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that can worsen after long periods of sitting or standing.
Achilles tendinitis occurs when your Achilles tendon becomes irritated and inflamed. The Achilles tendon is a band of tissue that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone. Achilles tendinitis is an overuse injury typically caused by repetitive stress.
A stress fracture is a small, hairline crack in your bone. Most people develop stress fractures due to increasing the intensity of their physical activity too much, too soon. This puts excessive stress on your bones resulting in tiny hairline cracks.
During your appointment, a provider at CFP Physicians Group performs a thorough evaluation to determine your diagnosis. The team reviews your medical history and symptoms and examines your foot and ankle. Your evaluation may include imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI.
Treatment depends on the underlying cause of your heel pain. Once you’ve been diagnosed, your specialist works with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that may include:
Common ways to relieve heel pain at home include RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), night splints, and wearing orthotics and comfortable shoes that fit well.
Your CFP Physicians Group provider assists you with physical therapy stretches and exercises that strengthen tissues near and around your heel to stimulate healing.
Your provider can inject platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells into painful or injured areas of your heel, to optimize healing and regenerate new cells naturally.
Taking certain medications can reduce heel pain while an injury heals. Cortisone injections also alleviate heel discomfort, reduce inflammation, and enhance healing.
In severe cases of pain or an injury, your CFP Physicians Group specialist might recommend undergoing a surgical procedure. In many cases, however, CFP Physicians Group can relieve your pain with conservative care.
To find out which cutting-edge heel pain treatment is right for you, book a visit with CFP Physicians Group by phone or online today.