The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. It isn’t always easy to tell these two issues apart and they can certainly make it challenging to get around. Knowing the difference is key to figuring out the best way to treat the problem and when you might need to see our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist Dr. Brian Doerr.
Where is the location of the pain?
This is often the only way to tell these two foot conditions apart. Plantar fasciitis affects the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the underside of the foot from the heels to the toes. Therefore, if you notice pain under the heel and around the arches then it is more likely to be plantar fasciitis. Achilles tendonitis often causes pain above the heel bone.
When does pain appear?
If you have plantar fasciitis you may notice that your pain is worse in the morning. This is because the fascia contract and tighten as we sleep. Once you get up, the irritated fascia stretches out, which leads to more severe pain and stiffness. You may also notice that icing the heel and stretching the foot provides some relief.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
If the arches of the foot aren’t properly supported this can lead to plantar fasciitis. This is common for long-distance runners and those who wear improper footwear. If you stand most of the day for work you may also be at risk for plantar fasciitis, particularly if you wear shoes that don’t provide arch support.
Should I see a doctor for my heel pain?
If your heel pain is minor then you may decide to rest your feet and see if the pain goes away. If the pain persists, gets worse or is severe then you will want to see our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist for a diagnosis. After all, while you may assume that you are dealing with plantar fasciitis there are quite a few conditions and injuries that can mirror this condition.
Is heel pain interfering with your daily routine? If so, call our Fort Myers, FL, office to schedule a consultation with our podiatrist. Don’t let heel pain tell you what you can and can’t do.