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Heel Pain Treatments

Heel pain is located in the center of the heel to the arch. This is one of the most common foot conditions and is usually most noticeable first thing in the morning after waking up. Sometimes it is common for nothing unusual to show up on an x-ray with this condition.

Heel pain usually takes years to develop and is caused by stress on the heel area over time. This pain can be caused by the bone, fascia, or heel nerve. One of the leading causes of heel pain is poorly fitting shoes. It is important to make sure that all of your shoes fit well.

Heel pain is usually centrally located on the heel or arch and it is strongest early in the morning, or whenever you wake up. Heel pain can be treated with a conservative approach in 98% of all cases—usually with minimally invasive injections at the point of pain.

At the start of treatment for heel pain, it is important to support the arch with an OTC arch support—wrapping the arch with disposable wraps or coban. When treating long term, custom orthotics are usually the best choice.