Heel Pain or Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain (plantar fasciitis) is one of the more common foot problems. Most people will experience plantar fasciitis at least once in their life, but for some it becomes a daily struggle. Plantar fasciitis is caused by small tears in a ligament that spans the bottom of the foot. If untreated, the ligament can become scared, thickened and chronically painful. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by sharp pain in the heel which sometimes can extend into the arch. The pain will frequently be sharp on you first several steps after periods of rest or sleep, then may improve after your foot warms up. Extended walking, stand or exercise tend to make the pain worse. Dr. Goebel, DPM has a tremendous amount of experience dealing with heel pain, and in almost every case he can cure the condition without surgery. Scheduling an appointment at one of our two locations (Salt Lake City & West Jordan, UT) is you first step in eliminating heel pain.
What causes heel pain, or Plantar Fasciitis?
The following are some of the causes of Plantar Fasciitis:
- Long distance running/long period of standing or walking at work
- Flat feet
- Tight achilles tendon
- inadequate arch support in shoes, frequent sandal use
- sometimes its just bad luck
What are some treatment options?
- Custom orthotics molded from your feet
- Night splint to stretch ligament
- Ultrasound, or electrical stimulation in the office
- Medications to reduce pain and swelling
- Cortisone injections
- Shockwave treatments
Once Dr. Goebel has the opportunity to meet with you in person, he will have a better idea of the right treatment for you personally. The good news is that relief is just a phone call away.