Best Rx: Village Podiatry Centers

Dr. Stephanie Michael from Village Podiatry Centers answers a reader’s question about painful heels.

Michael, DPM, Stephanie_cred Village Podiatry CentersQ: I recently started an exercise program, and now my heels are painful when I first wake up in the morning. What could this be?

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.

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