Dealing with heel pain is never a fun experience—luckily, identifying the likely culprits and understanding treatment options can help you take control of your condition and get the care you need! With the help of sports medicine expert, Dr. Kim Fjelstad at Foot And Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN, you can get to the bottom of your heel pain, and start feeling healthy once again!
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain can happen to anyone, especially those who participate in sports or whose jobs require constant movement. Some common heel pain sources include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Bone spur
- Tarsal Tunnel syndrome
- Stress fracture
How will my podiatrist diagnose heel pain?
Your doctor will use a physical examination as the starting point for diagnosing the cause of your heel pain. If your symptoms are not visually obvious, imaging techniques such as x-rays or MRIs can help your podiatrist delve further into your condition and examine the bones and connective tissues in your foot. From there, they will diagnose the cause of your heel pain and decide on the best treatment plan for you.
Heel pain treatments at our Burnsville office
Treating heel pain depends on the cause. Some conditions, such as a sprain or strain, may require only at-home treatment. Often times, the popular RICE method (in which patients rest, ice, compress, and elevate their injured foot) is enough to allow the body to heal on its own. However, some conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, may require treatments such as custom orthotics. Serious injuries or advanced conditions may also require a surgical procedure to repair the problem.
For more information on heel pain, please contact sports medicine expert Dr. Kim Fjelstad at Foot And Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN. Call (952) 435-2629 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Fjelstad today!