Walking, or even standing, can be a problem when you have Davenport heel pain. Your ability to work, maintain your home, and do all kinds of things that are part of your life will be compromised. Let us at Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center diagnose you and offer the appropriate treatment.
Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are the most common reasons for Davenport heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes becomes strained, and small tears begin to form. Being on your feel too much is a major contributing factor. So are wearing shoes that fit improperly, flat feet, high arches, feet that roll inward when you walk, and being overweight. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form on the underside of your heel bone, resulting in muscle or ligament strain. The risk factors for heel spurs are similar to those for plantar fasciitis. There is a link between the two conditions, and you may have both instead of just one. A thorough examination that may include x-rays will determine the diagnosis. If you’re experiencing swelling, irritation, inflammation, or any combination, you should come in to see our foot doctor. Treatments are based on the condition you have and the severity of your Davenport heel pain. Orthotics (shoe inserts) and more supportive footwear may be all that is needed for mild to moderate cases. Other options are stretching exercises and physical therapy. Surgery is generally not needed, but may be considered if the pain persists and/or other methods have not been able to achieve the desired results.
Davenport heel pain is more likely to get worse than it is to get better on its own without any professional attention. Your best strategy is to call us and schedule an appointment to be examined by our podiatrist.