Heel pain can range from mild to severe and even debilitating. It is a common health complaint, especially among athletes, and it can be caused by a variety of problems. The key to finding relief for the pain is speaking with a doctor to receive a proper diagnosis first.
Dr. Steven Royall with Mountain Point Medical Center explains some common causes of heel pain.
Common Causes of Heel Pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spur
- Stress fractures
- Excessive pronation
When to see a podiatrist
If you are experiencing pain, inflammation, redness, and heat in your heels, especially if it limits daily activities, it may be time to visit a doctor. A podiatrist can examine the area and perform diagnostic tests to determine a treatment plan.
- Wear shoes that fit properly and provide support
- Wear the proper footwear for each activity
- Warm up and practice stretching exercises
- Pace yourself during activity
- Allow your body to rest after exercise
At-Home Treatment Options
- Foot supports
- OTC pain medication
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