If heel pain is a persistent presence in your life, the question of why your heels hurt might not be so important to you as what you can do to make that pain go away.
However, determining the root causes of your heel pain is the first and arguably most essential step toward effective treatment. There is no one “cure-all” remedy for heel pain. A course of treatment must be tailored toward the correct underlying causes to yield the best results.
There is a chance you might have already learned this lesson firsthand if you have already tried one or two treatments for heel pain at home and were disappointed by a lack of any substantial relief. The good news is that you likely don’t have some form of invincible heel pain; you just haven’t yet tried a treatment that directly addresses the causes behind your case.
It can be easy to think of “heel pain” as a singular condition, but it’s more appropriate to see it as a symptom of many other conditions. Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, stress fractures, and bursitis can all cause heel pain, for example, but all directly affect different parts of the foot.
Different conditions can cause heel pain that feels differently or is in a different location of the heel. Let’s take a closer look at the above conditions we just mentioned.
The more we know about your symptoms, the more information we will have to make a fast and accurate diagnosis. So never hesitate to let us know anything and everything about your heel pain, including how it feels, where exactly you feel it, and when it tends to be most and least severe.
Even when we pin down the condition responsible for heel pain, that is not always enough information to provide the most effective treatment. The same condition can have different underlying causes from patient to patient as well.
Let’s take two example patients who both have plantar fasciitis. One spends most of their day standing in one spot on a factory floor, while the other is a distance runner. The first might have plantar fasciitis due to the force of their own weight being so steadily on their feet for so long, especially if they are working on a hard surface. The cause of the runner’s plantar fasciitis might be related more to the repetitive impacts of running.
But that’s not all! One, both, or neither of the two patients could also have other contributing factors to their condition. They might have an abnormality in foot structure that causes excess weight to shift to vulnerable areas as they stand or move, or their footwear may not be properly accommodating their daily needs.
Determining the best course of treatment for any heel pain patient means not only identifying the condition causing the heel pain but also all the factors contributing to it. If we only address the symptoms but not those underlying causes, the chances are likely that a patient will either not experience optimal relief, or the problem will come back at a later date.
Whether your heel pain has been a recent development or with you for some time, we can help you find the relief you deserve.
We are not only well versed in the multiple causes of heel pain, but we also have the knowledge and tools to effectively address them, too. Some cases may require more traditional methods of treatment such as rest, ice, and stretching. Others might benefit best from more advanced treatments such as custom orthotics or laser therapy.