What Could Be Causing My Heel Pain?

Into every life a little heel pain will come from time to time. As one of the most common foot and ankle complaints and ailments, chances are that you will experience it at some point in time, especially if you are active and participate in high impact sports and exercise likeHeel Pain running or basketball. Although heel pain is typically not serious, ongoing pain and tenderness can be a sign of an injury or condition like plantar fasciitis or tendinitis. Dr. Michael Gittleson, a podiatrist in Chevy Chase, MD, offers diagnostic and treatment services for heel pain and other foot and ankle problems.

Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Chevy Chase, MD

In many cases, heel pain can be as simple as getting a new pair of sneakers. Many people buy shoes according to style rather than function, and this can lead to pain and injuries depending on how much support your foot needs. If you have flat feet/low arches, you will likely need a more supportive shoe or orthotics (supportive shoe inserts) to support your arches and maintain proper alignment. If you are not sure of what type of shoe works best for your foot type, ask the podiatrist, or get a gait analysis before buying your next pair of shoes.

The Most Common Causes of Heel Pain

Here are some of the foot and ankle injuries and conditions that can lead to heel pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Bone/heel spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fracture
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Tendon rupture
  • Diabetic foot (peripheral neuropathy)

Most instances of heel pain can be treated conservatively with rest, icing, medication, and lifestyle modifications depending on the cause and severity of the pain. If you have pain that persists for more than a few days and does not respond to rest, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis.

Find a Podiatrist in Chevy Chase, MD

If you are experiencing heel pain or other symptoms, contact our office today by calling (301) 986-4900 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gittleson today.