Given that it is one of the most common foot and ankle problems today according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, chances are you've probably experienced heel pain at some point in your lifetime. Fortunately, when you come into these issues, the foot doctors here at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists in Albuquerque, NM, can provide you with the treatment you need. Read on to learn more!
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Albuquerque, NM
Here are some of the most common causes of heel pain:
- Plantar fasciitis (caused by small tears or inflammation to the plantar fascia)
- Achilles tendonitis
- Bone spurs
When to Seek Help for Your Heel Pain
Generally speaking, heel pain that lasts for more than a week should be checked out in order to rule out an injury. However, if your heel pain has resulted from trauma, an accident, or a sports injury, you should get medical attention right away to rule out a fracture or other potentially serious injury. You should also see a doctor if you have significant swelling, have limited range of motion, can't move/put pressure on the heel/foot, or have other symptoms like a fever or sign of infection.
Depending on the cause and severity of your heel pain as well as your lifestyle, most cases of plantar fasciitis and heel pain can typically be treated conservatively with rest, icing, and over-the-counter pain relievers. If necessary, your podiatrist may also recommend custom orthotics and supportive footwear to make sure that your arches and ankles are properly supported and in alignment when you walk/engage in physical activity.
Find a Podiatrist in Albuquerque, NM
For more information about plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle injuries, contact Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists by dialing 505-247-4164. Schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists today!