Heel pain can quickly begin affecting your daily life, causing difficulties with even the most simple everyday tasks, such as walking through the grocery store or standing in line at the gas station. Pinpointing the cause of your heel pain is the first step in determining the best diagnosis and treatment for you and your feet. Find out more about what causes heel pain and what you can do about it with Dr. Fjelstad at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain is a common symptom of many various conditions. Some of the most frequent culprits of heel pain include:
- plantar fasciitis
- stress fracture
- tarsal tunnel syndrome
- heel spur
- Achilles tendonitis
- injury or trauma
What can I do about my heel pain?
If you have heel pain, you should schedule a foot examination with your podiatrist as soon as possible to obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan. Often, treating heel pain will begin conservatively with the RICE method: rest, ice, compress and elevate. These four elements are often enough to give the body enough of a break to heal on its own, without the help of medications or surgical procedures. If this method fails, your doctor may suggest physical therapy, custom orthotics to wear inside the shoes, splints, or, in severe cases, surgery.
Foot Examinations in Burnsville, MN
Receiving a foot examination as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms is beneficial in many ways. Seeing a doctor early on allows you to understand your condition before treatment begins, ensuring that you will pursue the best treatment plan for you. Additionally, a foot examination allows your doctor to use imaging techniques like x-rays or MRIs to seek out any breaks or deformities not visible to the naked eye.
For more information on heel pain and its treatments, please contact Dr. Fjelstad at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN. Call (952) 435-2629 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Fjelstad today!