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Heel pain can range from annoying to debilitating, depending on its cause. Fortunately, in some cases, orthotics can relieve and prevent heel pain. Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Adam B. Lowy, and Dr. Michael Frank are foot care specialists at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD—they specialize in orthotic devices and can treat your heel pain.
What Causes Heel Pain?
Heel pain is a very common issue with a number of causes, including direct injury to the heel or conditions that affect the surrounding tendons. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis: Damage to the tissue that connects the heel to the toes
- Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs surrounding the heel joint
- Achilles tendonitis: Damage to the tendon that connects the heel to the calf
- Stress fractures: Common in athletes or long-distance runners
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome: A trapped nerve at the back of the foot
- Heel pad bruise: Caused by overuse or injury
How Orthotics Can Help Your Heel Pain
Orthotics can help patients in the following ways:
- Gain extra support for your feet and ankles
- Ease the pain of many heel conditions
- Position your foot correctly
- Distribute the weight of your body evenly
- Help alleviate lower back pain when standing
Don’t ignore your heel pain. After all, if you don’t receive treatment, it could cause problems standing or walking. Talk to your podiatrist about how orthotics may help you.
If you live in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, and you would like to find out more about pediatric foot care, contact Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland today:
- Olney - (301) 924-5044
- Camp Springs/Clinton - (301) 868-7670
- Silver Spring - (301) 439-0300
- Kensington - (301) 942-8110
Suffering from heel pain lately? A common problem that happens when your heel is placed under too much stress, heel pain can be caused by wearing ill-fitting footwear, being overweight, or playing sports. Fortunately, here at Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington, or Silver Spring, MD, offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to learn how we can treat your condition!
1. Injections- If you have severe or chronic heel pain, your podiatrist may recommend cortisone injections into the heel. Cortisone injections will normally not be used as a first-line treatment, and you will usually have to have further tests, such as imaging, to confirm your specific diagnosis.
2. Medication- You may wish to take painkillers to help ease the pain. Sometimes, over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen or naproxen can be helpful. Topical pain medicines are also available in lotion, cream, and gel form. They're applied to the skin and penetrate inward to relieve pain. Check with your podiatrist before starting any new medication.
3. Night Splints- Your podiatric doctor may recommend that you purchase a night splint to you as you sleep. A night splint is a special device that stretches the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon while you sleep. Night splints are effective for relieving morning pain from heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.
4. Shoe Inserts- Your podiatric doctor can prescribe specially-designed foot orthoses (shoe inserts) to cushion your heels, support your feet, and take the strain from your plantar fascia. Shoe inserts are often effective in relieving heel pain. They work best if they are in your shoes all the time.
5. Stretches- There's a lot you can do to ease your pain and speed up the healing process. Your healthcare provider may prescribe stretching exercises to treat your heel pain. Research has shown that stretching eases foot pain and reduces swelling. Stretches are easy to do and should be done every day to keep pain at bay.
Need Relief? Call one of our Offices in Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington Today
Don’t let heel pain control you. Take charge of your life today! If you're looking for a podiatrist, call one of Family Foot & Ankle Associates of Maryland's offices today to make an appointment:
- Olney- 301-924-5044
- Silver Spring- 301-439-0300
- Camp Springs/Clinton- 301-868-7670
How your podiatrists in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help your feet!
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, and today it affects approximately one out of every ten people. Although anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, it is most common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Luckily, the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offer diagnostic and treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other orthopedic conditions and injuries at their offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD!
Available Heel Pain Treatments
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation or small tears to the plantar fascia, which provides shock absorption when you walk, jump, or run. In addition to pain on the bottom of your heel, other signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Pain kicking in and getting worse after exercise and physical activity
- Stabbing pain or stiffness when you first wake up or after you've sat for a long period of time
Anyone can develop it, but there are a few risk factors that can increase your chances of getting plantar fasciitis, including:
- Participating in high impact physical activities and sports like distance running or basketball
- Being overweight or obese
- Having a very high arch or flat feet
- Spending a lot of time on your feet
Plantar fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with rest and time. Your podiatrist may also prescribe medication, physical therapy, or supportive devices like orthotics or night splints.
Need Relief? Give us a Call!
For more information about prevention and treatment for plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle conditions, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (301) 924-5044 in Olney, (301) 868-7670 in Camp Springs and Clinton, (301) 439-0300 in Silver Spring, and (301) 868-7670 in Kensington.
Heel pain is a common problem and symptom of several foot and ankle problems. Depending on the severity and underlying cause, many instances of heel pain can be managed and resolved with conservative treatments. However if heel pain persists for more than a few days or is recurring, it can be a sign of an injury. The podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offer diagnostic and treatment options for a number of orthopedic conditions and injuries in the greater Washington, D.C., area including Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD
Sometimes the cause of heel pain can be as simple as wearing uncomfortable shoes or spending a long day on your feet. But over time, the strain of working long hours on your feet, participating in certain types of sports or physical activity, wearing the wrong type of shoes, and the design of your arches can increase your risk of heel pain and injuries.
One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the long band of tissue that stretches from the ankle to the base of the toes and is responsible for shock absorption when you walk, run, and jump. Strain and small tears to the plantar fascia can result in heel pain.
Other common causes of heel pain include:
- Stress fractures
- Achilles tendinitis
- Bone/heel spurs
- Peripheral neuropathy
- Tendon ruptures
Conservative treatments are usually the first line of defense for most instances of heel pain. Typical treatments include rest, icing, medication, physical therapy, supportive footwear and/or orthotics, and surgery in rare cases.
Find a Podiatrist in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD
For more information about the causes, treatment options, and prevention tips for heel pain, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists by calling (301) 924-5044 in Olney, (301) 868-7670 in Camp Springs/Clinton, (301) 439-0300 in Silver Spring, or (301) 942-8110 in Kensington.
If heel pain is dictating how you live your life, we are here to help.
Heel pain, it really is a nuisance. It makes it difficult just to get around and run errands let alone enjoy your normal workout. Fortunately, you’ll be happy to hear that heel pain often goes away on its own if you ease off the foot and give it a chance to heal. Of course, in some situations, heel pain doesn’t get better. This is when our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy can help.
What can cause heel pain?
Heel pain is often the result of plantar fasciitis, a condition that results in inflammation of the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel). Plantar fascia is an overuse injury, which means that it often comes about gradually. This can often occur if you suddenly increase the intensity of a run or workout without slowly working up to it.
Other causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spurs
- Sprains and strains
- Stress fracture
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you’ve experienced heel pain before then you probably know how to best treat your symptoms until the problem goes away. Of course, if your symptoms are severe or don’t ease up after a few weeks of care then it’s time to visit our Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, foot doctors to find out how to treat your heel pain. Sometimes heel pain can be recurring or chronic, so it’s important to have the issue evaluated as soon as possible.
How is heel pain treated?
There are several ways in which to ease your symptoms until the condition heals itself. Try some of these simple at-home treatments:
- Take over-the-counter pain relievers
- Ice the heel for 15 minutes at a time 3 times a day
- Rest and avoid certain activities
- Wear compression or supportive socks to reduce swelling
- Consider a night splint
- Wear proper footwear
If at-home care doesn’t help then it’s time to talk to a podiatrist about other more aggressive techniques such as shockwave therapy or corticosteroid injections to ease symptoms and to promote healing.
Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has four locations in Kensington, Olney, Silver Spring, and Camp Springs/Clinton, MD, to ensure that everyone is able to get the proper foot and ankle care they need. If you are dealing with heel pain that isn’t responding to at-home care, give us a call today.