Causes Of Heel Pain
Your heel pain may be caused by disorders related to repetitive motion or chronic conditions or by an accident or injury. Some causes of heel pain include:
- Sprains, strains and fractures
- Bone spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
Heel Pain Treatment In Mechanicsburg, PA
Once you become a patient of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA, our doctors conduct a physical examination of your heel, foot and ankle to determine your current biomechanics and where the pain is originating. Then, testing like routine bloodwork, X-rays, MRIs, CTs or ultrasounds may be ordered to determine the cause of the pain. Once that has been determined, your doctor will provide your heel pain treatment plan, which can include:
- RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- Anti-inflammatory medication or medication specific to nerve or arthritic pain
- Walking casts, splints, braces and/or crutches
- Specialty orthotic footwear
- Physical therapy
In many instances, conservative treatments that include rest, medication, possible injections, and shoe gear modification can lead to total recovery. For more moderate to severe pain, longer-term solutions including bracing and PT may be necessary. When all conservative treatments have been exhausted, then surgical intervention may be the best option. Our surgeons use a minimally invasive technique, that involves doing the surgery endoscopically. There are only a couple of sutures needed and the patient can be up and walking the next day.
Consult With Foot & Ankle Specialists Of Central PA
Call our practice as soon as you begin experiencing heel pain that interrupts your normal life, so we can work with you to find heel pain treatment solutions as quickly as possible and prevent pain progression or compensation injuries. Contact us through our online appointment request system, or call us between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 717-620-8225.