Whether you are an athlete or a grandmother, heel pain can be a frustrating and painful condition. Though your heel pain could originate from many different scenarios, Dr. Randy Bernstein at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care in Livonia, MI can help you understand your condition and use his expertise to get to the bottom of your pain to get you back on your feet.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain is an umbrella term for a variety of conditions, which cause discomfort in the heel region of the foot. While many cases stem from overuse or injury, there are also underlying conditions which may cause your heel pain. This includes:
- plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendonitis
- bone spurs
- nerve damage
- stress fractures
Heel pain often occurs gradually and worsens when you put weight or pressure on the foot. It may be worse in the morning after waking and lessen throughout the day. Symptoms of heel pain include pain, swelling, irritation, and heat or redness in the area of discomfort.
Heel Pain Diagnosis in Livonia, MI
Diagnosing heel pain often relies on the help of imagining technology like X-rays or MRIs. These allow your doctor to see the inside of your foot and spot abnormalities in the bones, tendons, muscles, and other connective tissues. In addition to a physical examination, Dr. Bernstein will ask you many questions about your lifestyle, what you think caused your pain or discomfort, what your daily life is like, and your medical and family history.
How can Dr. Bernstein help me get back on my feet?
Depending on your condition, treatment for heel pain varies. In some cases, simply resting and icing the foot is enough to allow the body to heal on its own. Your doctor may prescribe medications to help relieve pain and swelling. He may also suggest cortisone injections to help the pain from the inside out. In the most extreme cases, surgery to correct an issue with your foot may help relieve your pain for good.
For more information on heel pain, please contact Dr. Bernstein, DPM at Nationwide Foot and Ankle Care in Livonia, MI. Call (734) 261-3400 to schedule your appointment for a foot examination today!