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Do you have burning pain in your heel?

Heel pain | Atlanta, GAWhen you first step out of bed in the morning, do you find yourself limping to the bathroom? Or after driving or riding in a car for even 20 minutes, when you first step out of the car, you have a burning, painful sensation on the back of your heel and again you may find yourself limping for the first few steps. Then as you continue walking you find the pain dissipating and you can continue on with maybe just a tinge of pain now and then. Heel pain is the most common reason people come to American Foot and Leg Specialists located in Stockbridge, Locust Grove, Forest Park and Fayetteville, GA.

So, what could be the problem? There are 2 major causes of heel pain:
• plantar fasciitis
• Achilles tendinitis

It may be hard to distinguish which one is causing your pain but perhaps by understanding the symptoms and location of the pain, you can make the determination. With plantar fasciitis the pain will be sharp and under your heel bone. If the pain is found at the back of the heel, in the Achilles or toward the base of the Achilles, and is swollen, warm and tender to the touch, then it is likely to be Achilles tendinitis.

Causes of Heel Pain

Plantar Fasciitis can occur with advanced activity such as trying something new and trying to do too much too soon. Or maybe you changed your walking or running path to include some steep hills which can cause tight calf muscles. Weight gain and improper footwear can also aggravate the problem.

Achilles tendinitis occurs when the tendon (Achilles tendon) that connects the back of your leg to your heel become swollen and painful near the bottom of the foot. The two large muscles in the calf are used to push off with the foot or go up on the toes. The Achilles tendon connects these muscles to the heel. Again the cause is most likely due to sudden increase in the amount or intensity of an activity. Also, very tight muscles that have not been stretched out prior to activity can be the cause. In fact, many of the same causes of plantar fasciitis can cause a swollen Achilles tendon. Rarely either is caused from an injury but more about the person’s activity.

Treatments for plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis
It’s always best to seek early treatment for either of these ailments. American Foot and Leg Specialists can provide you with professional diagnosis and treatment plans for either condition. If caught early enough, non-invasive therapy should work just fine for most people. Your diagnostic exam is usually covered by most insurance plans. It is important to understand it may take several months for the pain to go away.

Common treatments include putting ice on the Achilles tendon area or on your heel two to three times a day for 15 to 20 minutes. Change in activity such as stopping or decreasing your running or walking routine for a while. You may want to switch to biking or swimming. It may be time to buy some new footwear that will give you better support. Take non inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen to ease your pain and any swelling. Keep in mind that symptoms can return if you do not limit activities that cause the pain.

The physicians at American Foot and Leg Specialists will give you instructions on how to treat your condition and will always be available if your condition continues or worsens. It’s best to get professional advice and get on your way to recovery as soon as possible. American Foot and Leg Specialists have four locations just south of Atlanta in Stockbridge, Locust Grove, Fayetteville, and Forest Park.