The heel is a part of the body we don’t often think about until something goes wrong. Heel pain can be particularly nasty and disrupt even the most mundane every day activities like walking to the bathroom. In this article, we are going to discuss heel pain – its potential causes and associated pain management options.
Heel Pain Conditions & Injuries
Heel pain can be caused by a variety of conditions and injuries – each with their own specific treatment recommendations. Here are just a few of the more common conditions and injuries that can cause heel pain:
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Stress Fractures
- Heel Spurs
Many of these conditions develop over time as the body breaks down (arthritis, bursitis, etc.). Other times, heel pain is the direct result of an acute injury – a car accident, sporting accident, or something similar. Regardless of the cause, heel pain should be identified, diagnosed, and treated right away so you can go on walking and living your life without having to deal with pain every step you take.
Treatment Options for Heel Pain
Effectively treating heel pain is dependent, first and foremost, on an accurate diagnosis. In determining the cause of your pain, your doctor will likely perform a physical examination, in conjunction with a medical history, and potentially additional diagnostic tests like x-rays and MRI scans. Depending on the root cause of the heel pain, treatment options may include prescription medications, custom orthotics, injection therapy, or surgery. Regenerative medicine treatment methods like PRP and prolotherapy injections are a somewhat new and innovative treatment for heel pain that can offer pain relief without surgery. These procedures are all natural and promote regeneration and regrowth of your body’s cells.
Advanced Spine & Pain Clinics of MN offers acute and chronic pain management care to patients throughout the Minneapolis / St. Paul Metro area. Our pain doctors have over twenty years of experience treating patients with a wide variety of pain conditions and injuries – including heel pain. If your heel pain is preventing you from walking, exercising, or doing daily activities, contact us today to set up an appointment. Our primary clinic is located in Edina, but we care for patients throughout the state of Minnesota.