Heel Pain Specialists
Heel Pain Q & A
What is Heel Pain?
Heel Pain is a common podiatric problem characterized by persistent heel pain. It occurs when your plantar fascia –– a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heels to your toes –– experiences wear-and-tear as a result of daily activity such as walking, running, and climbing stairs.
Over time, these activities cause small fissures to form in the plantar fascia. These fissures become irritated and inflamed, leading to pain, discomfort, and in serious cases, immobility.
What are the symptoms of Heel Pain?
Who is at risk of developing Heel Pain?
Heel Pain affects people of all ages and backgrounds, but it’s especially common in athletes who participate in sports that feature running and jumping. Other factors that increase your risk of Heel Pain include:
- Being middle-aged or older
- Being overweight
- Having flatfeet
- Having a high arch
- Having an abnormal gait
You’re also more likely to experience Heel Pain if you work a job that requires you to stay on your feet most of the day. Factory workers, construction workers, and teachers are especially at risk.
How is Heel Pain diagnosed?
How is Heel Pain treated?
At Eastside Podiatry PLLC, the providers usually recommend conservative, minimally invasive treatments such as ice, rest, and over-the-counter medications. If your pain persists or gets worse, they might recommend regenerative medicine treatment using platelet-rich plasma (PRP). PRP uses your body’s own growth factors and platelets to ease swelling, promote circulation, and encourage healing. If your Heel Pain is severe, surgical intervention may be necessary.
Don’t let heel pain keep you sidelined. Request your Heel Pain appointment at Eastside Podiatry PLLC today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.