Heel pain is a common problem, affecting many people. It affects the bottom aspect of the heel and may extend into the medial arch. Plantar heel pain accounts for a quarter of all foot injuries relating to running. The diagnosis and treatment of plantar heel pain accounts for over 1 million visits a year to physicians in the USA. The condition affects both athletic and sedentary people. Heel pain can be worsened by increased activities and weight gain. The most common symptom is heel pain with first steps in the morning or after periods of sitting. Heel pain may be resolved or reduced with NSAIDS, stretching exercises and immobilization. Custom orthotics may be effective in alleviating many types of heel pain. At times, surgery may be indicated. Your Foot & Ankle physician can formulate the best treatment plan for you. Minimally invasive surgery is available at Foot & Ankle Partners of El Paso.
- Tightness of a ligament known as the plantar fascial band.
- Inflammation of growth plates in pediatric patients.
- Specific types of arthritis
- Fractures and/or stress fractures of the heel bone
- Bone tumors or cysts