Posts for: March, 2016
Don't let heal pain slow you down!
The heel bone, also known as calcaneus, is the largest of the 26 bones in your foot. When you experience pain in that area, it makes sense why it can be very uncomfortable, even debilitating. Heel pain can be caused by a number of factors with a variety of treatment options. These causes and corresponding treatments are explained in this post by Dr. Richard Lee and Dr. Steven Lin, podiatrists at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, Virginia.
Many patients who visit their Sterling and Alexandria podiatrist with a chief compaint of heel pain are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that connects the big toe to the heel. The pain usually develops over time in the bottom of the heel and occurs after activity or upon getting out of bed in the morning. Runners and those who spend a lot of time on their feet are at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Often the problem can be resolved by applying ice to the area, altering the exercise routine and doing stretching exercises at home. However, steroid injections or surgery to detach the ligament may be necessary if conservative treatments fail to bring results.
Another common cause of heel pain seen at Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, Virginia is heel spurs. These abnormal calcium deposits form on the bottom of the heel bone and can be caused by ill-fitting shoes or poor posture. They can also form as a complication of plantar fasciitis. Wearing shoe inserts, called orthotics, rest and physical therapy may help; like other heel-related problems, your Sterling podiatrist typically employs conservative methods before more invasive procedures are recommended.
Breaking your heel bone can happen as a result of a fall or a high-impact car accident. When this happens, patients typically have severe bruising, swelling, and pain when attempting to place weight on the affected foot. Most fractures, including those of the heel bone, will need emergency evaluation. Your foot may be immobilized in a cast or brace to allow the bone to heal. Surgery may be required if the bones have moved out of place.
If you've been dealing with heel pain, don't suffer any longer. Call Alexandria Family Podiatry in Sterling and Alexandria, Virginia to set up an appointment with one of our skilled podiatrists today!