Heel pain is one of the most common foot-related complaints, affecting about two million Americans each year. At Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH, Drew Taft, DPM, works with residents of Derry, New Hampshire, to provide comprehensive care for heel pain. Using safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatments, he can help you get back on your feet again. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.
Heel pain refers to any aching, swelling, or discomfort that affects the very back of the foot. It can range from mild to severe and usually occurs due to a traumatic injury or general wear-and-tear.
Most heel pain responds to conservative at-home treatments like ice and rest, but if your pain persists for more than a few days, don’t wait to seek professional help.
Heel pain can occur for various reasons. At Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH, Dr. Taft treats heel pain caused by:
Dr. Taft also treats heel pain caused by chronic musculoskeletal conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis.
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that occurs due to small tears in the plantar fascia, a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heels to your toes. Over time, these small tears become inflamed, causing sharp, shooting pains and immobility.
Though anyone can experience plantar fasciitis, it’s particularly common in athletes, especially those who are 40 or older.
To diagnose heel pain, Dr. Taft reviews your medical history, asks questions about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examines your feet and ankles.
During the exam, he gently presses on your heels to pinpoint areas of warmth, swelling, or tenderness. He also has you rate your pain on a scale of 1-10.
If these steps don’t provide enough insight, Dr. Taft orders digital X-rays. X-rays provide detailed images of the bones and joints in your feet.
Treatment for heel pain depends on the cause of your symptoms, but Dr. Taft typically recommends conservative, noninvasive measures of care such as rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), taking over-the-counter pain medication, wearing comfortable, supportive shoes, and losing weight.
If your heel pain persists even after these modifications, surgical intervention may be necessary. Dr. Taft provides minimally invasive procedures onsite on an outpatient basis.
To learn more about the various treatment options for heel pain, schedule an appointment at Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Call the office to speak with a member of the administrative staff today.