West Suburban Podiatry
Podiatric Physicians and Surgeons located in Western Springs, IL
Heel pain can affect your ability to walk, run, and stand correctly. If you struggle with long-lasting or recurring heel pain, West Suburban Podiatry in Western Springs, Illinois, can provide you with the treatment you need for effective relief. The team offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options. To speak with a doctor about your heel pain, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Heel Pain Q & A
Why do I have heel pain?
Heel pain is a common problem that can have a significant impact on your daily routine. Common causes of heel pain include:
- Achilles tendinitis
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Heel spurs
- Stress fractures
- Plantar fasciitis
- Haglund’s deformity
Damage or dysfunction to the bone or soft tissue in your foot can lead to varying degrees of heel pain. Issues like repeated stress, injuries, and abnormal walking patterns are common causes of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis – inflammation of the tissues along the bottoms of your feet – is most often the reason for heel pain.
When should I see a doctor about my heel pain?
Although most cases of heel pain are mild and short-lived, you may develop recurrent or persistent symptoms. Chronic heel pain can affect your mobility and disrupt your daily routine.
Certain underlying causes of heel pain like Achilles tendonitis or stress fractures can worsen without proper treatment. If you notice signs of heel pain, schedule a visit with the foot and ankle specialists at West Suburban Podiatry.
The team offers individualized patient care and works with you to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms and the most effective treatment.
How is heel pain diagnosed?
Heel pain has several potential causes, so an accurate diagnosis is essential. During your appointment, you and your doctor discuss your symptoms and medical history. In addition to a physical exam, your podiatrist may conduct additional tests like an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound.
Your podiatrist uses these details to determine the cause of your heel pain and guide your personalized treatment plan.
How is heel pain treated?
Your podiatrist may recommend orthotics as a safe, non-surgical solution for your heel pain. Orthotics are shoe inserts that improve the structure and function of your feet. They are a reliable way to eliminate your heel pain and improve the way you walk, run, and stand.
In addition to orthotics, West Suburban Podiatry offers several conservative treatments for heel pain like:
- Night splints
- Pain medication
- Physical therapy
- MLS cold laser therapy
If your heel pain is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative treatment, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. The surgeons at West Suburban Podiatry offer a wide range of foot and ankle procedures.
To find out which treatment is right for your heel pain, book your appointment by phone or schedule online today.
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