Heel pain may start out mild but can quickly morph into a condition which causes discomfort, pain and swelling which affect walking and standing. Luckily, your podiatrist can help you diagnose and treat your heel pain to get back to your active and pain-free life. Learn more about heel pain and what often causes it with Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL.
What could have caused my heel pain?
Heel pain comes from many sources and often begins inconspicuously with a mild pain here or there. Over time, the condition may become worse, cause more and more pain, swelling or even the inability to complete your daily tasks. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:
- plantar fasciitis
- stress fractures
- heel spur
Diagnosing Heel Pain
If you experience extreme pain, swelling, reduced range of motion of the foot or if your condition begins affecting your daily life, you should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist for a diagnostic visit. This visit will include a physical examination where your doctor will search for any outward signs of an underlying condition causing your pain. Gathering your medical, physical and lifestyle history will help your doctor pinpoint a diagnosis. Your podiatrist might also use x-rays or MRIs to further investigate your symptoms.
Heel Pain Treatments in Naperville, IL
Once Dr. Jagodzinski comes to a conclusion as to what causes your heel pain, she can find the most effective treatment for you. Treatments usually begin with plenty of rest and icing the foot. However, when at-home treatments fail, your doctor may suggest prescription medications, injection therapy or physical therapy. Your doctor will help you find the best treatment for your condition.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Jagodzinski at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL. Call (630) 778-7670 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jagodzinski today!