Heel pain is a common problem that affects both athletes and non-athletes. Left untreated, heel pain tends to get worse and may interfere with day-to-day activities such as work or exercise. At CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, Washington, Hubert Lee, DPM, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heel pain. If you’re tired of living with heel pain, make an appointment by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.
Heel pain is any type of irritation or general discomfort that affects the back or bottom of your heel. Heel pain affects everyone differently, sometimes it’s dull and throbbing; other times, it’s sharp and stabbing.
Heel pain usually isn’t the sign of a more serious underlying health problem, but it can interfere with your life, making even simple tasks such as taking the dog for a walk or climbing a flight of stairs difficult. If you regularly experience heel pain and conservative at-home measures of care don’t provide relief, make an appointment with Dr. Lee at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists.
The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. You might also experience heel pain as a result of:
Another common cause of heel pain are sports-related injuries such as an Achilles tendon tear or rupture.
Heel pain usually subsides with rest and conservative measures of care such as ice and elevation. However, if you experience extreme pain or swelling, develop a fever, or you’re unable to walk or place weight on your affected heel, don’t hesitate to seek treatment at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists. Following a physical exam and review of your medical history, Dr. Lee can make recommendations that relieve your symptoms and help you feel better.
To diagnose heel pain, Dr. Lee physically examines your foot and ankle and asks you questions about your symptoms. He also asks you to perform a series of easy in-office exercises that allow him to observe your gait and posture. If necessary, Dr. Lee might also order a series of X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your feet.
Treatment for heel pain depends on the source and severity of your symptoms. If your heel pain is the result of plantar fasciitis, Dr. Lee might recommend lifestyle changes such as losing weight, wearing more comfortable shoes, or changing your exercise routine. If these measures of care don’t provide relief, he might recommend custom orthotics.
If your heel pain is severe or negatively interferes with your quality of life, surgical intervention may be necessary. However, Dr. Lee only recommends surgery as a last resort.
Don’t let heel pain prevent you from living your best life. Make an appointment at CarePlus Foot and Ankle Specialists by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.