“What can I do for you today?” I ask. The response I typically get is “Fix my heel pain!!”
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t see at least one, and usually multiple people with heel pain. It never fails to amaze me how uninformed patients and other physicians are about heel pain, so of course I’d like to devote my first blog to this topic.
Plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, heel pain syndrome. No matter what you want to call it, it’s all the same.
On the bottom of the foot is a ligament called the plantar fascia. It attaches to the heel bone or calcaneous and runs to the ball of the foot. At the attachment to the heel bone, an inflammation of the ligament can develop leading to pain. Simple.
But what about the heel spur? Don’t worry about it. If there is one, its there because of the ligament pain. Its not the cause of the pain.
Causes of heel pain include overuse, weight gain, trauma and poor biomechanics which just means you have a bad foot type, i.e. flatfooted or high arched.
But what about treatment? On your own, you can try some OTC ibuprofen or naprosyn, stretch and ice the heel, and try store bought arch supports. I do caution you however that most of the product out there are a complete waste of money. Dr. Scholl’s has a great marketing campaign, but thats about it.
If those things don’t make a significant difference, I would invite you to call me at 352-376-5112 for an evaluation or you can contact us here. I would be more than happy to help you get back to a pain free life.