Heel pain can be a very complex problem, with a wide variety of possible causes and diagnoses. However, the most common heel pain diagnosis we see, at least among adults, is a condition called plantar fasciitis.
If you are suffering from pain located on the bottom of the heel, particularly after getting out of bed or standing up after a lengthy rest, plantar fasciitis is the most likely culprit.
Fortunately, almost all cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated successfully without surgery. The sooner you make an appointment, the better your chances that the simplest, least-invasive treatment methods will be successful.
When Should I See a Doctor About My Plantar Fasciitis?
If any form of heel pain is interfering with daily activities, we recommend you make an appointment with us. It is better to take care of the problem sooner rather than later, before it becomes severe, chronic, and difficult to treat.
Many mild cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated exclusively with simple, conservative therapies you can perform at home. The initial treatment typically includes strategies such as heat therapy, stretching exercises, footwear modifications, and arch supports.
If your heel pain persists after trying these treatments for a least one month, more aggressive physical therapy, medications, or custom orthotics will be recommended. In extreme cases, a surgical procedure may be necessary to resolve the symptoms; however, fewer than 10 percent of cases will make it to this point. Once again, seeking our care for plantar fasciitis sooner rather than later can significantly reduce your risk of needing more aggressive treatments.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bobrowski at InStride Crystal Coast Podiatry in New Bern, call us today at (252) 638-4700. You may also request an appointment online, if you prefer.