Heel pain is a foot condition that can cause discomfort or soreness anytime weight is applied to one or both heels. The causes of heel pain can vary from a previous foot injury, fracture, loss of padding or plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common disorder due to degeneration of the tight ligament on the bottom of the foot where it inserts into the heel. Pain is felt with long periods of standing and is most severe with the first few steps in the morning or after periods of rest.
Nonsurgical treatment methods for heel pain can include icing your foot, rest, and avoiding weight-bearing activities. Focused stretching exercises will almost always resolve your symptoms. Sometimes, patients require formal therapy, immobilization, bracing or orthotics. While injections can relieve symptoms, they have some negative effects and should be done judiciously and only if all other options have failed.
Very rarely, surgery is required to alleviate pain and can be performed to relieve persistent symptoms despite conservative care.
To learn more about the treatment options available for heel pain, please complete the appointment request box or call (319) 338-3606 to schedule a consultation with a Steindler Orthopedic Clinic specialty-trained foot doctor.