Heel Or Foot Pain? 2 Possible Causes So You Can Get Some Relief

Do you have a few problems with your feet or gait in general? Learn more about how a podiatrist can help fix your foot problems.

Heel Or Foot Pain? 2 Possible Causes So You Can Get Some Relief

Heel Or Foot Pain? 2 Possible Causes So You Can Get Some Relief

10 May 2016
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If you are feeling foot or heel pain, this can be due to many things. If you have ongoing pain, however, it may be something other than a foot trauma or overusing your feet. Below are two things that can cause heel and foot pain to be aware of so you can get the treatment you need.

Heel Pain

If you are feeling back pain, it could be due to strain or trauma to the spine. It could also be a signal of a serious condition like ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Instead of ordinary back pain, AS is not caused by trauma, but instead is caused by spinal arthritis, also known as inflammation in the bones of the spine.  In some cases, people with AS will also have pain in the heel. There is really no known cause of this disease, but it is known that genetics play a key role. As there is no cure for arthritis, there is no cure for AS.

Treatment for AS include over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. If you are in severe pain, your doctor will likely prescribe something much stronger.

If you have heel pain that becomes worse or does not go away, make an appointment to see your doctor to make sure it is not a sign of something much worse.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be due to many things, such as trauma and overuse. It can also be caused by Morton's neuroma. This disease is swelling of the nerve between the toes. You will also hear this condition called intermetatarsal neuroma. This disease occurs when the metatarsal bones in the toes press up against the nerve in the gap between your toes.

If you do not have this treated, it will cause shooting, burning, and sharp pain in your foot that will get worse over time. You will feel more pain when you are walking or standing on the ball of your foot.

The footwear that you wear may be a cause of this disease. For example, if you wear high heels, they put pressure on the balls of your feet. If you wear pointed toed shoes, your toes can squeeze together. People that have high arches or flat feet also have a higher chance of developing this problem. Other problems may occur if not treated, such as hammer toes or bunions.

Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help relieve your pain. They may suggest a cortisone injection, as well as anti-inflammatory drugs. If you continue to have the problem, you may have to have surgery.

You should see a podiatrist, such as those at ETL Podiatry, when you are feeling pain. They can help you with the pain and give you some tips on keeping your feet healthy.

About Me
Understanding Foot Problems

When I started running to lose weight, I was surprised to find that I had a few problems with my feet and my gait in general. When I would run, my toes would ache and sometimes the fascia underneath my foot would hurt badly. I realized that I couldn't go on exercising with all of the pain, which is why I turned to my podiatrist for help. He analyzed my gait and determined that I had a fallen arch on one of my feet, but not on the other. This blog is all about the benefits of podiatry, so that you can learn how you might be able to exercise and move without any discomfort.