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Foot Clinic Burlington – Why Heel Pain must not be ignored

October 5, 2017

When pain and discomfort  is experienced when walking, standing or running, it makes sense to have the feet checked at Medical Foot Solutions to prevent the problem from aggravating. Usually, pain on the heel of the foot is ignored but it is actually caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that has to be diagnosed by the doctor at foot clinic Burlington. Heel pain can also be caused by stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis and nerve irritation.

A person suffers pain from plantar fasciitis because the band of tissue extending from the heel to the toes is inflamed. The fascia becomes irritated before it inflames resulting to heel pain. In most cases the pain is worse when you wake up in the morning which requires a visit to a foot clinic Burlington to rule out all possible causes.

During the diagnosis, the doctor from foot clinic Burlington will require x-rays or other imaging modalities to determine the source of heel pain. If the pain is diagnosed as plantar fasciitis, the foot doctor can recommend non-invasive treatment like stretching exercises. Pain will be reduced with exercises that stretch calf muscles. The doctor will also ask you to stop from walking barefoot because it will cause undue strain on the plantar fasciitis. Extended physical activities must also be avoided so that the heel can rest.

In some cases, wearing supportive shoes can provide the foot with good arch support and reduce the stress on the fascia. For pain and inflammation, oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed. However, if pain persists in spite of the non-surgical strategies, the foot doctor may suggest other strategies like tapping and strapping for foot support to reduce strain on the fascia.

Orthotic devices that are customized for the foot may be advised to correct the underlying structural abnormalities causing plantar fasciitis. The patient may also be required to use a removable walking cast to keep the foot immobile so that it can rest and heal. A night splint will be suggested when sleeping to maintain the extended stretch of plantar fasciitis and help minimize morning pain. While some patients respond well to non-surgical treatments, others who are not so fortunate may require surgery.