Heel Pain in Lemont, IL

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Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain) 

If you are feeling heel pain in Lemont, IL, it may be caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also known as heel spur syndrome, if a spur is also present. Other causes of heel pain include a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation, or a cyst.

Since there are several potential causes, it is important that your heel pain is properly diagnosed. Our award-winning podiatrists are able to identify all the possibilities and determine the underlying source of your heel pain. 

Plantar Fasciitis: What Is It?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the large band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. With this condition, the fascia becomes irritated and inflamed, resulting in heel pain.

Plantar Fasciitis: What Causes It?

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is the flawed structure of the foot. For example, people who have problems with their arches, overly flat feet, or high-arched feet are more apt to develop plantar fasciitis.

If your job requires you to stand on your feet for long periods of time, wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts excessive strain on the plantar fascia and can lead to plantar fasciitis. Being obese may also contribute to plantar fasciitis.

What Are the Symptoms of Heel Pain?

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel
  • Pain in the arch of the foot
  • Pain that is worse upon rising in the morning
  • Pain that increases over a period of months

The pain from plantar fasciitis is often worse when you get up in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for long periods of time. After a few minutes of walking, the pain decreases. This is because walking stretches the fascia and relieves pain. For some people, the pain subsides but returns after spending long periods of time on their feet.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Heel Pain

Treatment of plantar fasciitis begins with first-line strategies, which you can start at home:

  • Stretching exercises – Exercises that stretch out the calf muscles can help ease pain and assist with recovery.
  • Avoid going barefoot – When you walk without shoes, you put unnecessary strain and stress on your plantar fascia.
  • Ice – Putting an ice pack on your heel for 20 minutes several times a day helps reduce inflammation. But don’t apply it directly on the skin. Instead, place a towel between the ice and your heel. 
  • Limit activities – Cut down on extended physical activities to give your heel a rest.
  • Shoe modifications – Wearing supportive shoes that have good arch support and a slightly raised heel reduces stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Medications – Oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.

After several weeks if you still have pain, one or more of these treatment routines may be recommended by our expert podiatrist:

  • Padding and strapping – Inserting pads in shoes softens the impact of walking. Strapping supports the foot and reduces strain on the fascia.
  • Orthotic devices – Custom orthotic devices that fit into your shoe help correct the underlying structural abnormalities causing the plantar fasciitis.
  • Injection therapy – In some cases, corticosteroid injections are used to help reduce inflammation and relieve pain.
  • Removable walking casts – A removable walking cast may be used to keep your foot immobile for a few weeks to allow it to rest and heal.
  • Night splints – Wearing a night splint allows you to maintain an extended stretch of the plantar fascia while sleeping. This may help reduce the morning pain experienced by some patients.
  • Physical therapy – Exercises and other physical therapy measures may be used to provide relief.

When Is Surgery Needed?

While most patients with plantar fasciitis respond well to non-surgical treatment, a small percentage will require surgery. If, after several months of non-surgical treatment, your heel pain continues, surgery should be considered. Our foot and ankle surgeon will discuss the surgical options with you and determine which approach would benefit your condition the most. 

Caring for Long-Term Heel Pain

Regardless of what kind of plantar fasciitis treatment you undergo, the underlying causes that led to it may remain. That means continuing with preventive measures such as wearing supportive shoes, stretching, and using custom orthotic devices. These are the mainstays of long-term treatment for plantar fasciitis.

Learn More About Heel Pain Treatment in Lemont, IL, Today by Contacting Our Office!

Over 200,000 patients have found relief from their foot pain, heel pain, or ankle pain, and we’re confident we can help you, too. Your feet will thank you! For additional information on hammertoe treatment or claw toe treatment or to schedule an appointment, call Weil Foot & Ankle at 847.390.7666. With 16 podiatry offices in and around the Chicago area, including Oak Park, Arlington Heights, Bannockburn, Chicago, Des Plaines, Glenview, Lemont, Libertyville, Lincoln Park, Roselle, & Tinley Park, Illinois (IL), there is sure to be a podiatry office near you!

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  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K. – Toe Surgery
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  • “Dr. David O’Brian and his staff in Roselle are the best! My entire family has seen Dr. O’Brian for over 10 years. "

    - Mary Pat H. – Foot Pain
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  • “Dr. Cernak, Thank you for being such an amazing DOCTOR! The way you care for us can’t be matched by anyone! (and hasn’t!) Your knowledge is incredible too.”

    - Sara R.
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  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M. – Joint Fusion
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K. – Toe Surgery
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. David O’Brian and his staff in Roselle are the best! My entire family has seen Dr. O’Brian for over 10 years. "

    - Mary Pat H. – Foot Pain
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Cernak, Thank you for being such an amazing DOCTOR! The way you care for us can’t be matched by anyone! (and hasn’t!) Your knowledge is incredible too.”

    - Sara R.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "I urge anyone in need of bunion surgery to see Dr Lowell Weil. My life is forever changed and I am so grateful! Oh and my feet are now PRETTY! Thank you again!"

    - Sky N.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • "Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I have been with Weil foot and Ankle for nine years and Dr. Weil Jr. has taken care of all my foot problems. He is the best."

    - Maureen M.
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Weil Jr. and the Staff at the Libertyville Office are the best. I had joint fusion surgery on July 31, 2014 and everyone there was great with all my questions. "

    - Maureen M. – Joint Fusion
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “I was super nervous about the surgery but all the staff made me feel welcome and safe, before my surgery, I remember everything was clean, and everybody were professional.”

    - Michelle K. – Toe Surgery
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. David O’Brian and his staff in Roselle are the best! My entire family has seen Dr. O’Brian for over 10 years. "

    - Mary Pat H. – Foot Pain
    best chicago podiatrists
  • “Dr. Cernak, Thank you for being such an amazing DOCTOR! The way you care for us can’t be matched by anyone! (and hasn’t!) Your knowledge is incredible too.”

    - Sara R.
    best chicago podiatrists
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