Your heels are tough and undergo an enormous amount of stress with every step you take. When heel pain strikes, however, the effects can be nothing short of debilitating as you’re left unable to walk without discomfort. To find relief, Dr. John Scheffel of Scheffel Foot Center offers expert diagnosis and care of heel pain, helping his patients in Worcester, Massachusetts, walk pain-free. For more information, call or request a consultation using the online booking tool.
When it comes to your feet and ankles, heel pain is a common complaint, which isn’t surprising given that your heels are responsible for helping you move through life. If you consider that for every mile you walk, each of your feet endures 60 tons of stress, you begin to see why heel pain can crop up.
The most common causes of heel pain include:
The bottom line is that if your heel is causing pain that’s affecting your quality of life, you should seek the help of Dr. Scheffel to find relief and, more importantly, prevent it from becoming worse.
When you see Dr. Scheffel, he'll first review your symptoms, which can reveal a lot about what might be causing your heel pain. For example, if your pain comes on with your first steps in the morning and then quickly subsides, you’re likely dealing with plantar fasciitis. If your pain is constant and nagging, it may be a stress fracture.
Once he has an idea of the nature of your heel pain, he may turn to advanced imaging, such as X-rays and MRIs, to take a look at what’s going on inside. With a clear picture of the problem, he can then get you started on an appropriate treatment plan.
There’s no blanket answer to this question as it largely depends upon the underlying cause of your heel pain. Rest assured, Dr. Scheffel’s primary goal is to relieve your pain and get you moving freely again. To do this, he may turn to one or more of the following treatments:
Thankfully, heel pain rarely requires surgery, but it does require patience and your active participation in the healing process, which means following Dr. Scheffel’s instruction in order to correct the underlying problem.
If you’re suffering from heel pain, call Scheffel Foot Center or request an appointment with the online scheduling button.