If you wake up in the morning and feel sharp pain in your heels, you are not alone (if you have pain in the back of your heel click here). Heel pain, especially when felt as you set your feet on the floor for the first time in the morning, is one of the most common complains we hear from our Los Angeles patients. It is common for this heel pain to subside within 20 minutes after walking around, and as the day progresses you may find that the pain isn’t quite so bad. This pain may however return later in the day and may make walking almost intolerable.
If this sounds familiar, you may be suffering from any number of conditions which cause heel pain. Plantar Facsiitis (pronounced “plan-ter fash-ee-eye-tis”) is a likely culprit, but heel pain can be caused by any number of conditions including:
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You’ll be glad to know that heel pain is not difficult to treat. With over 60 years of combined experience in treating this common condition, we’ve helped many patients quickly and effectively eliminate heel pain. Depending on the cause of your pain you may benefit from our range of conservative treatments. Alternatively our non-invasive ESWT procedure may be more suitable for your specific condition. This approach, approved by FDA in October 2000, uses high-energy sound waves (acoustical energy) to promote revascularization and trigger body’s natural repair mechanisms to relieve heel pain.
Whether you experience heel pain in the back of your foot or on the bottom, ESWT can be very effective and carries many advantages over more aggressive treatments. It is non-invasive, has a high success rate, only requires a single treatment, and it offers a quick recovery with return to work and normal activities.
Conservative treatment and ESWT can offer excellent results, but the first step in treating your heel pain is understanding it’s cause. Although heel pain is often attributed to plantar fasciitis, it can be caused by other conditions. An experienced professional familiar with treatment of heel pain can diagnose it’s cause accurately and provide an appropriate course of treatment. We often see patients who have been inaccurately diagnosed and those who's self-treatment proved unsuccellful resulting in extended period of discomfort and potentially more difficult problem to treat.
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. It involves a band of fibrous connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. This tissue can become strained over time and partially tear or stretch along it’s length or at the point where it attaches to the heel bone. When this happens you may experience any of the following symptoms:
Your may have developed plantar fasciitis for several reasons, but most often plantar fasciitis is caused by straining of the ligaments that support the arch of your foot (plantar fascia). This can occur if:
Plantar fasciitis should not be confused with tarsal tunnel syndrome, a condition well known to cause foot pain at night.
If you think you have plantar fasciitis or if you have heel or foot pain in general, and are not sure what the best course of treatment is, give our office a call. Our complimentary consultation will allow you to get professional advice and talk to an experienced podiatrist about your condition.
An average person takes well over 3,000 steps each day. Pain free and healthy feet are the underpinning of an active and healthy lifestyle. Whether you enjoy biking at one of LA’s sunny beaches, hiking in the Santa Monica mountains, playing with your kids, or just doing some shopping at a local mall, your feet are the key to sustained mobility and healthy daily life.
If you have heel pain due to plantar fasciitis or a more serious condition contact our office at your earliest convenience to schedule a free professional evaluation. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment are key to quick recovery and prevention of more serious and costly foot problem in the future.