Heel pain commonly occurs due to plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes, and Achilles tendinitis, aching and swelling of the tendons that connect the muscle in the back of your calf to your heel bone.
Other causes of heel pain include:
A common cause of heel pain in children is apophysitis, or Sever’s disease, which is inflammation of the growth plate.
Regularly putting pressure and strain on your feet can result in heel pain. However, you may increase your chance of experiencing heel pain due to risk factors such as:
The way you walk and the structure of your foot also affect the likelihood of experiencing heel pain. To prevent such discomfort, schedule a visit with Dr. Perez at Flex Foot and Ankle to learn about proper exercises and custom orthotics to support your feet.
Explore preventive methods to avoid heel pain or keep existing heel pain from getting worse. Stretching regularly, wearing shoes that fit you properly, and having sufficient arch support can help prevent severe heel pain.
If you frequently run or participate in other intense activities, make sure to allow your body to rest and ice your legs, ankles, and feet regularly.
At Flex Foot and Ankle, Dr. Perez takes a conservative approach to help her patients relieve their heel pain. She evaluates your gait and performs a biomechanical exam to assess how your foot functions when touching the ground and the effect on your limbs.
Treatments options include:
If left untreated, your heel pain could worsen and cause severe swelling in your foot or heel, making it difficult to walk or move your foot.
Call Flex Foot and Ankle in Midtown Manhattan or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment with Dr. Perez and find the relief you need.