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By Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC
January 04, 2016
Category: Foot health
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain can be one of the most annoying – and painful – maladies anyone can suffer.

For those who live in the Gainesville, VA area, Prince William Foot and Ankle Center is a knowledgeable and helpful resourceHeel Pain option for those who are dealing with heel pain.

Heel pain generally occurs in two areas, behind the heel and beneath the heel.

Pain beneath the heel may be caused by any of a number of conditions. Some of the more common maladies include heel spurs, which is a calcium deposit that can form at the point where the fascia tissue band connects to the heel bone, plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the fascia tissue.

Pain that occurs behind the heel is generally associated with inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Runners often develop such issues.

If you are experiencing any of these conditions you should address it at once; it is generally agreed that one should not continue doing activities that cause pain, nor should one ignore chronic pain. Treatment options vary for heel pain, depending on type and severity of the condition. However, as a general rule, you should see a doctor immediately if one experiences such symptoms as:

  • Severe pain or swelling
  • Inability to bend the foot downward, rise on toes, or walk normally
  • Heel pain is accompanied by fever, numbness or tingling in the heel
  • Severe pain immediately after an injury

However, some conditions may not require a visit to the doctor. If your heel pain is not that severe or you do not experience symptoms like those listed above, you can try to treat it at home. Many suggest the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevate). New shoes that fit properly and provide adequate support, and even added foot supports such as heel cups or wedges can help.

Over the counter pain medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen can help as well.

It’s a good idea to go ahead and schedule an appointment to see your Gainsville doctor if you have heel pain that continues even when you’re not walking or standing, or if the heel pain lasts for longer than a few weeks even after you have tried to treat it yourself.

For more information about heel pain and treatment options for heel pain, call Prince William Foot and Ankle Center in Gainesville, VA, at 703-753 3338 or visit the website at