If you’ve got chronically painful heels, you may have heard others suggest you have plantar fasciitis—or you might have suspected as much yourself.
Altogether, that’s not a bad first guess—plantar fasciitis is generally regarded as the most common and well known condition that causes heel pain, particularly toward the bottom of the heel. Caused by overstretching and tearing in the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that connects to the heel and supports the arch, the classic plantar fasciitis symptom is heel pain that’s worst in the morning, right when you get out of bed.
Still, plantar fasciitis is just one of the many conditions that all produce a similar set of symptoms, and if chronic pain lasts for an extended period of time—even with rest—there’s a good chance something else could be amiss.
Other conditions that can lead to heel pain include (but are not limited to):
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel spurs
- Heel bursitis
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Haglund’s deformity (also known as “pump bump”)
- Stress fractures
A thorough evaluation by Dr. Harvey Danciger at our Palm Desert, CA office will not only help you to arrive at the correct diagnosis (or in some cases, multiple diagnoses), but also determine the best treatment modality moving forward. While some basic treatment methods may be effective for many different conditions—rest, laser therapy, orthotics, and others—you’ll get the best results when we know exactly what’s wrong and can custom-tailor a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Whether it’s plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, or any other injury, rest assured that Dr. Danciger and his team have the training and tools to help you overcome your troublesome heel pain as quickly as possible. Returning you to a pain-free quality of life is our No. 1 concern. To schedule an appointment, please call 760-568-01018 or fill out our online contact form.