Is Your Heel Pain Plantar Fasciitis?

Heel pain often goes hand-in-hand with the arch pain you get from plantar fasciitis. If this is the case for you, you’re not alone. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions podiatrists diagnose. How can you tell if your heel pain is simply due to a tough morning run or the beginning of something more serious? Let’s take a closer look.

Signs and Symptoms

The first and most common sign you have plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, typically near your heel. This pain usually is worse first thing in the morning or after a period of overactivity. You may also experience stiffness, swelling, and tightness in your foot and heel.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Most patients develop this condition due to:
  • Inadequate arch support. Wearing incorrectly sized shoes with little support (like flip flops or high heels) can wear your muscles down over time.
  • Carrying more weight. Your extra weight is multiplied fourfold in your feet and ankles, increasing the stress and pressure on the arches.
  • Repetitive stress injury. Dancers, professional athletes, and people on their feet all day for work are more likely to develop injuries to the plantar fascia and other foot and ankle problems.

What Are Your Options?

First and foremost, call your podiatrist. Foot pain is not normal and shouldn’t be ignored. Your foot doctor will be able to diagnose and treat you. In the meantime, here are some other treatment options that you can try at home:

  • I.C.E. treatment – Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation
  • A wide variety of physical therapy exercises for the calf muscles and Achilles tendon can help improve arch and foot alignment and prevent pain and discomfort.
  • Always wear properly fitted shoes with the proper arch support to treat existing arch problems and prevent arch problems from starting in the first place.

Board-certified podiatrist Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari is committed to helping her clients in Carrollton, TX. She offers a wide variety of treatments, from ingrown toenails to advanced surgical solutions. Contact Carrollton Foot Center’s office at 469-998-3668 to schedule an appointment today!

Signs of Achilles Tendinitis

What do you know about the Achilles tendon? If it’s strained, you may be feeling stiffness, pain, and discomfort. You can feel pain in the morning. You may also notice it more when wearing shoes with a closed back. Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari of the Carrollton Foot Center helps patients with this pain by providing treatment options to get them back to a healthy way of moving. Healing takes time, but making an appointment with a podiatrist is the first step.

What is the Achilles tendon?

The Achilles tendon is the longest and thickest in the body, and you can find it behind each leg. It connects the heel bone to the muscles in your calf and allows you to point your toes or stretch your leg.

What causes Achilles tendinitis?

Athletes commonly have Achilles tendinitis because of overuse or intensity levels. Often, their bodies need time to rest and recover. Poorly fitting shoes or an unhealthy weight can also contribute to an increased risk for an injury. Inflammation causes discomfort. 

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendinitis?

You can notice pain, tenderness, or stiffness in the following locations:

  • Just above the heel bone
  • Behind the heel bone
  • Back of the leg

What are the treatment options for Achilles Tendinitis?

Before attempting to figure things out on your own, make an appointment with a podiatrist. We’re here to help you find relief and avoid worsening your injury. Before considering surgery, explore the following treatment options:

If a podiatrist determines there has been a rupture of the tendon, surgery is the best option.

Our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Naghmeh Lilly Khavari, is here to help. She treats various conditions such as bunions, corns, calluses, diabetic foot conditions, ingrown toenails, plantar fasciitis, and more. We also offer advanced surgical solutions. Our team provides excellent service to patients in Denton, Dallas, and Collins counties. Contact our office at (469) 998-3668 for your foot and ankle solutions. Our office is at 4221 Medical Parkway, STE 450, in Carrollton, TX.

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