Heel Pain!
By drmendoza@mendozafootandankle.com
June 09, 2014
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Do you have pain in your heel? Is it worse when you first get up in the morning? Or after you have been sitting down for a while and stand back up? Does it seem to subside but then return after spending a long time on your feet?  You may have plantar fasciitis!

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia – the ligament that stretches from your heel to your toes.  The ligament can become inflamed at your heel if you have problems with your arches (either overly flat or high-arched), work long hours on hard surfaces, or wear non-supportive footwear. 

If you are unable to come in to see Dr. Mendoza for a few days, try to avoid going barefoot – no shoes puts more strain on the plantar fascia.  Resting, icing the heel, and stretching the calf and Achilles tendon can also help ease the pain.  Wearing supportive shoes is important; Dr. Mendoza recommends running shoes for everyone (even if you’re only walking in them!).  Other treatment options include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Strapping the foot
  • Custom orthotics to support the arch
  • Steroid injections to break the pain cycle
  • Night splints to keep the keep the plantar fascia extended while sleeping
  • Surgical release of the ligament

Call our office at 615-452-8899to schedule an appointment to treat your heel pain!