Heel pain can be caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or Achilles tendonitis. It is important to discuss your treatment options with a podiatrist who can recommend what will work best for your specific needs. Often, devices such as orthotics or splints can be used to treat heel pain.
Diagnosing Heel Pain
If you are experiencing pain in your heels and feet, consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose the cause of your pain and recommend treatment options. A podiatrist will examine your feet to check for any deformities and may order imaging tests such as X-rays or an MRI to check for areas of the feet that may have damage or an injury. Once your podiatrist determines the cause of your heel pain, treatment options can be recommended based on your condition and medical needs.
Using Orthotics and Night Splints to Treat Heel Pain
Treatment options for heel pain can vary from patient to patient. Two conservative options commonly used to treat heel pain are orthotics and night splints.
An orthotic is an insert worn inside of a shoe. Custom orthotics are designed based on your personal foot shape and structure. An orthotic can provide support by stabilizing the heel, reducing pressure on the heel, supporting the arch of the foot, and adding padding in areas of the feet where you need it most. Orthotics are used to treat heel pain caused by conditions such as plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. The different types of orthotics that can be worn to help relieve heel pain are:
- Full foot insert
- Heel inserts
- Arch support
Your podiatrist can discuss what type of orthotic will help relieve your heel pain based on your condition and cause of pain.
A night splint is comfortable to sleep in and is an effective treatment option for heel pain. It is often used to help alleviate heel pain by keeping the foot in one position to provide a constant stretch to the plantar fascia ligament and Achilles tendon while you sleep. A night splint resembles a light boot. When you sleep in a night splint, your heel pain should be reduced in the morning and throughout the day.
Get Relief From Your Heel Pain
If you have heel pain or have questions about orthotics and night splints, Greater Washington Advanced Podiatry can help. We offer a free initial consultation and can create a customized plan to address your concerns. To set up an appointment, fill out our contact form or call us at (301) 515-FEET.