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What Could Be Causing Your Heel Pain?

Find out what could be causing your heel pain and when to see a podiatrist.

Heel pain is a common problem that has a variety of causes, including everything from chronic conditions such as arthritis to injuries and Heel-Painacute conditions. Fortunately, our podiatrists in Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy are experts at diagnosing and treating heel pain, so if you are unsure of what's causing your issues, they can help!

When it comes to heel pain, the two most common cause are:


Plantar Fasciitis

If your heel pain is worse in the morning or after long periods of sitting, then you could have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Resulting from the overuse or overstretching of the plantar fascia (i.e. the thick band of tissue that runs the length of the feet from the toes to the heels), this inflammatory condition causes pain that originates under the heel, radiating to the arches.

Runners, people who are on their feet all day for work, and those who are overweight are all prone to developing plantar fasciitis. While rest, avoiding certain activities, icing the heel, and performing daily foot stretches can all provide relief, it can still take weeks for the inflammation to go away.


Achilles Tendonitis

Like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis is an overuse injury, although this condition affects the Achilles tendon, the cord of fiber that connects the calf muscles with the heel bone. This results in pain and stiffness at the back of the heel. Both the pain and stiffness may ease up with minimal movement, with running and playing certain sports causing the symptoms to increase.

When it comes to Achilles tendonitis, rest and at-home care may be all you need to treat the condition. Rest your feet, ice your heels, wear compression socks to reduce swelling, and elevate your feet when you are resting. Additionally, you can seek out custom-made orthotics to provide support for your feet.


The Doctor is In

No matter what is causing your heel pain, you should see our foot doctors in Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton if,

  • The heel pain is severe or worsening over time
  • Symptoms don’t improve with home care and rest
  • Your pain interferes with your daily routine and activities

Call us today to schedule an appointment:

  • Camp Springs/Clinton, MD — (301) 868-7670
  • Silver Spring, MD — (301)439-0300
  • Kensington, MD — (301) 942-8110
  • Olney, MD — (301) 924-5044