Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis or something else?
It can be rather alarming to wake up and get out of bed to notice that it hurts to walk. Heel pain is certainly not something you should just ignore (and it most certainly won’t let you forget about it). But what could be causing your heel pain? Our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr, is here to provide a little insight into the world of heel pain.
The Causes of Heel Pain
You would be surprised how many people deal with heel pain. It’s a fairly common problem, after all. Of course, there are many reasons you could be experiencing these issues. The number one cause of heel pain is often a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the toes.
Other causes include:
- Bursitis of the heel
- Achilles tendonitis
- Heel spurs
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Heel pad inflammation
- Stress fracture
- Bone bruise or cyst
- Morton’s neuroma
As you can see, there are quite a few things that could be causing your heel pain, but let’s focus on the most common reason: plantar fasciitis. So, how will you know if you have plantar fasciitis?
Signs Your Heel Pain is Actually Plantar Fasciitis
While heel pain is the most common symptom associated with plantar fasciitis, there are a few other signs that could be warning you that you have this inflammatory condition including:
- Stiffness in the foot, particularly when first waking up or moving around after long periods of rest
- Heel pain that is exacerbated by standing for long bouts of time
- Experiencing heel pain when walking up stairs
- Pain that goes away during exercise but comes back right after
Of course, even if you are experiencing these symptoms, you don’t really know that you have plantar fasciitis until our Fort Myers foot doctor sees you. We can evaluate your symptoms and perform a physical examination to decide if plantar fasciitis is the culprit. If so, there are a variety of easy, at-home treatment options you can follow every day to manage your pain until you heal. You’ll be happy to hear that most cases of plantar fasciitis do go away on their own, but you’ll want to rest and limit any aggravating activities until you are feeling 100 percent better.
If your heel pain is affecting your daily activities, getting worse or isn’t responding to rest then it’s time to call our Fort Myers, FL, podiatry office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doerr.