Associated Podiatrists, P.C.
Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Novi, MI
Chronic heel pain is often a sign of injury or inflammation in your foot. Because leaving the issue untreated can worsen the condition, the welcoming team at Associated Podiatrists, P.C. in Novi, Michigan use advanced diagnostic tools and techniques to determine the cause of your pain and develop an effective, innovative treatment plan to improve your health. If you have heel pain, book an evaluation using the online scheduling system or by calling the office.
Heel Pain Q & A
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain is one of the most common issues podiatrists treat. With dozens of bones, joints, and bands of soft tissues in your feet and ankles, pain can stem from several different sources. Common causes of heel pain include:
- Heel spurs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
Heel pain can even stem from excessive pronation, meaning you have an abnormal inward motion when you walk.
How is heel pain diagnosed?
Your podiatrist performs a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your heel pain. After evaluating your overall health, observing your gait, checking your reflexes, and discussing your symptoms, they generally order X-ray imaging to get a better look at what’s going on inside your foot.
If needed, your podiatrist may order a more in-depth imaging test, such as a CT scan or an MRI, to help diagnose soft tissue injuries or sources of inflammation. Because the team at Associated Podiatrists, P.C. have extensive training in diagnosing and treating heel pain, you can feel confident that they’ll find the source of your discomfort and get your treatment started right away.
How is heel pain treated?
Once your practitioner at Associated Podiatrists, P.C. determines the cause of your heel pain, your treatment plan may include:
- Customized functional orthotics
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Cortisone injections
- Taping or strapping
- Specialized shoes
The team also spends time teaching you stretches and exercises to minimize heel pain flare-ups. You may also benefit from attending physical therapy several times a week.
In severe cases, heel pain requires surgery, usually as a last resort. Heel pain surgery may involve the removal of any lingering spurs, the release of your plantar fascia, or removal of damaged tissue.
Because the experts at Associated Podiatrists, P.C. have extensive training in minimally invasive surgical techniques, you won’t have to worry about extensive downtime if you do need surgery.
Schedule your heel pain evaluation at Associated Podiatrists, P.C. by calling or booking online today.
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