Heel pain is one of the most common foot complaints among adults in the US. In fact, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, three out of every ten Americans report that their heels hurt because they are too active and on their feet constantly. If this sounds like you, you're in luck - here at Reston Foot and Ankle Center in Reston, VA, your team of four podiatrists helps people resolve heel pain, particularly as it relates to an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Learn more about your treatment options by reading below!
Heel pain and plantar fasciitis
Most persistent and uncomfortable heel pain is associated with a condition known as plantar fasciitis. It involves the connective tissue along the arch of the foot between the base of the toes and the calcaneus, or heel bone. This band of tissue becomes inflamed and painful when people run, walk, dance, or simply stand for long periods of time. Consequently, many teachers, nurses, runners, and other athletes suffer from plantar fasciitis.
The mechanism of injury is simple: as the person places their foot on the ground, the arch flattens, and the plantar fascia stretches, especially if the foot rolls in toward the mid-line. Tight, poorly-fitting footwear with little arch support add to the problem, and women seem more prone than men because of their high-heels and pointy-toed shoes.
Treating heel pain
Many people recover well from plantar fascia by losing weight, resting, icing their feet, and choosing shoes which are more sensible and supportive. Your Reston, VA, podiatrist can tell which treatment is best for you by examining your feet, watching how you walk, and performing MRI or X-ray imaging. The foot doctor may prescribe corrective shoe inserts (custom orthotics) and a regimen of calf stretches and other exercises or even physical therapy as needed.
While surgery is not preferred, sometimes it is necessary if the pain continues for several months with no real relief. It is also important to note that Reston Foot and Ankle Center offers a minimally-invasive procedure as an alternative to open surgery.
Contact us for your consultation
We have three offices to provide you with long-lasting relief from heel pain. For our Reston location, phone (703) 437-6333, for Manassas, call (703) 368-7166, and for Leesburg, contact us at (703) 777-2101.