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Heel Pain Conditions

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints people have when they visit a podiatrist or foot specialist. To help you better understand the most common heel pain conditions and what you can do about them, here’s a quick review.

Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon, which runs from your heel bone up through your calf in the back of your leg, is injured if you have Achilles tendonitis. Jogging, running, and other exercise involving the legs can injure the tendon and result in pain and stiffness in the back of the leg. Fortunately most cases can be treated at home once they have been diagnosed by a physician.

Heel Spur

A heel spur is a condition in which there is an accumulation of calcium in the heel that results in chronic pain. The problem tends to develop in people who participate in high-impact sports or exercise but you also can get a heel spur from wearing shoes that offer little or no support, especially if you are on your feet for long periods of time. A number of treatment options are available for this painful condition.

Plantar Fasciitis

If your job and lifestyle require you to be on your feet much of the day, then there’s a chance you may experience plantar fasciitis, which involves inflammation of the long strip of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. The inflammation and accompanying pain can be caused by ill-fitted shoes, being overweight, standing for prolonged periods of time, flat feet, high arches or a combination of these factors as well as others. The doctors at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta can make an accurate diagnosis and recommend the best treatment strategies based on your needs.

Stress Fracture

The 26 bones and 33 joints in each foot are exposed to a great deal of pressure with every step you take. Sometimes an increase in physical activity can cause a small fracture in the foot, even though the break may not be detectable on x-rays right away. Getting an accurate diagnosis of a stress fracture is important because ignoring it may result in a broken bone. The experts at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta can identify stress fractures and develop an effective exercise program for your recovery.

Heel pain conditions can be addressed quickly and effectively at the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta. If you or a family member are experiencing heel pain or foot problems, contact the office for an appointment.