Heel Pain Can Get in the Way of Daily Activities

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Heel pain is common and is often the reason that people schedule a visit with a podiatrist. Are you experiencing foot pain in your heel unrelated to injury, accident, or other trauma? Let’s talk about two common possible reasons:

Plantar Fasciitis

There is a band of soft tissue known as the plantar fascia that runs the length of the sole of your foot from the heel to the toes. When this tissue becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis occurs. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by heel pain, especially when you first step out of bed in the morning.

Achilles Tendonitis

Tendons connect muscles to bones. You have a large tendon running along the back of your ankle, connecting your calf muscle to your heel bone. This is your Achilles tendon. Inflammation in this area of your body is Achilles tendonitis, and it can be extremely painful, especially in the heel.

If you are experiencing heel pain, especially if it interfering with your daily life or it is accompanied by swelling, numbness, or limited mobility or range of motion, a visit with a board-certified podiatrist like Dr. James M. McKee is in order. Your podiatrist is a medical specialist with years of training and experience, and is the best-qualified medical professional to diagnose and treat your issue.

After determining the cause of your discomfort, your foot doctor will have numerous options available to help you, including:

  • at-home RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) therapy

  • over-the-counter and prescription medication for pain and swelling

  • physical therapy

  • surgery, but only in severe cases

You don’t have to suffer with heel pain. Schedule an appointment with James M. McKee, DPM, FACFAS in our modern, comfortable office on Solomons Island Road. Call the friendly Podiatry Group of Annapolis, P.A. staff at 410-224-4448 or click here to get started today.