Dr. Stephanie Michael from Village Podiatry Centers answers a reader’s question about painful heels.
A: Low arches, high arches, unsupportive shoes and activities such as running or aerobic exercise can all cause heel pain. The most likely diagnosis is plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of a ligament that starts from the heel and attaches in the ball of the foot. Treatment includes calf stretching, more supportive shoes, cool water soaks and anti-inflammatory medications. Cortisone injections, night splints and custom arch supports can also be used to relieve heel pain. Very rarely does heel pain require any surgical intervention.