Do you come home with sore feet after a long day at work? Do your feet ache and throb while you try to enjoy your favorite sport? Chances are, you have pain in your heels or arches.
What’s Causing Your Heels and Arches to Hurt?
Heel and arch pain is the most common foot complaint. That’s because there are so many factors that can cause this part of your foot to become inflamed and injured. The weight of your body and the strength or shape of your bones all contribute to how your feet feel.
Some of the most common causes of heel or arch pain include:
On the bottom of your foot, there is a tendon that runs from the your toes to your heels. This tendon is called the plantar fascia. When inflamed it can cause you an enormous amount of pain. This is known as plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is perhaps the most common cause of heel pain. That’s because there are many factors that can lead to an inflamed plantar fascia including injury, sports, or weight.
If you believe this is the cause of your foot pain, try icing and resting your feet. Reducing impact will relieve the swelling. You might also want to try taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce inflammation. If this does not give you relief, it’s time to see a podiatrist. With our help, you can get to the bottom of what’s causing your pain and receive effective treatment to eliminate the pain.
Do you feel a sharp or throbbing pain in your heel? That could be a sign of a heel spur.
A spur is a bone growth on your heel. When you walk or put pressure on your heel, the spur digs into your tendons and the bottom of your foot. Over time this can cause your tendons to swell and lead to pain in your feet.
The type of treatment you need for bone spurs depends on the severity of the bone growth. For small growths, you might be able to rest or ice your heel to reduce inflammation. For more severe bone growths, you might need injections to reduce the swelling and supportive shoes to prevent the spur from digging into your foot. In severe cases, surgery might be an option.
Arthritis in your ankles can cause your heel to become inflamed.
Over time, uric acid will build up in your ankles making it more difficult to move correctly. This strains your heels and your arches causing significant pain and inflammation in your tendons. For relief, your podiatrist will find the exact spot that’s causing you pain to help you treat your ankle arthritis correctly.
Treating Heel and Arch Pain Effectively
No matter what the cause, one thing is certain: you need treatment.Treating your heel or arch pain might be easier than you think. Depending on the severity of your foot condition and the cause of your pain, there are a number of treatment options available to you. From basic at home care to advanced surgeries, Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates has the skill, experience, and tools to help your feet feel better.
Stop Suffering Through the Pain
Ready to put an end to your heel or arch pain? Call 309.661.9975 to schedule your appointment with our Illinois podiatrist Dr. Lockwood. At your appointment, you’ll learn what’s causing your pain and how you can get the relief you crave.
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