Don’t let heel pain get to you. Find out what could be causing your discomfort.
You couldn’t wait to get up and go for a run before work, but what you weren’t prepared for was that stabbing pain in your heel. You can barely get out of bed without the zinging pain getting to you and you couldn’t imagine actually going for a run. If this sounds like you, our Scarborough, Windham & Brunswick, ME, podiatrist Dr. Peter Ocampo is here to tell you that you might be dealing with plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
While there are certainly other things that could be causing your pain, the most common cause is often plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory foot problem that results when the plantar fascia tissue have been overstretched or torn. The plantar fascia connects your toes to the heel bone and it also supports the arches of the feet; therefore, those who have plantar fasciitis may also notice pain that radiates to the arches.
What other problems can cause heel pain?
Of course, plantar fasciitis isn’t the only condition or issue that can lead to heel pain. Other causes include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spurs
- Bursitis of the heel
- Inflammation of the heel pad
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Severs disease (common among children and teens)
- A bone bruise
When should I see a doctor about my heel pain?
You should call our Scarborough, Windham & Brunswick, ME, foot doctor immediately if you have severe pain or swelling, if you can’t walk on the foot or if you are also experiencing numbness or tingling in the affected foot.
You should also come in for treatment if you’ve been resting the foot and treating your symptoms on your own for over a week without seeing an improvement. Remember that heel pain can often get worse if left untreated. To prevent complications it’s always a good idea to visit a medical professional right away to figure out exactly how to manage your condition and promote healing.
Southern Maine Foot & Ankle provides quality, comprehensive foot services to the Scarborough, ME, Brunswick, ME, and Windham, ME, areas. If you are dealing with heel pain that you just can’t manage on your own, we are here to help.