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You Asked, We Answered! Find Information to Top Podiatry Questions

When your pain leaves you immobile and dependent on others, it’s normal that you have questions and lots of them! Check out our FAQ to get answers to some of the top questions people have about foot and ankle pain in Ohio.

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  • What is causing my heel pain?

    There’s no universal cause of heel pain. Several different conditions can produce painful symptoms in that area of the foot, and they can arise from myriad underlying causes—everything from poor biomechanics to repetitive stress to unsupportive shoes and more.

    Causes of Heel PainThe most common heel pain condition in adults is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot. Pain tends to be on the sole just in front of the heel, and worst in the early morning or after a lengthy sit. If that describes your situation, there’s a good chance plantar fasciitis is at fault.

    However, conditions like Achilles tendinitis, heel bursitis, stress fractures, Haglund’s deformity (also known as “pump bump”), heel spurs, and others could be causing your heel pain. Or, you may have more than one condition simultaneously!

    That’s why it’s important to get your heel pain checked by the team at Family Foot & Ankle Center in Greater Cincinnati. We’ll make sure you get a sound examination, proper diagnosis, and a custom treatment plan designed to counteract the specific cause of your pain. Give us a call today at (888) 689-3317.

  • Why Do I Have Heel Pain in the Morning?

    If you’re experiencing sharp pain in your foot or heel every morning when you first step out of bed, only for it to subside after a few minutes, it’s very likely you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis.

    One of the most common causes of heel pain, this condition involves the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs the length of the bottom of your foot. While you rest your foot (such as overnight, or after sitting for a while), the plantar fascia constricts and shortens. When you put weight on your foot again, it pulls painfully against your heel. After a few minutes of walking, though, the tissue stretches to a more normal length and the pain subsides, or at least decreases in severity.

    If you think you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis—or any other painful foot or ankle condition—call the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Center, or stop by one of our 6 Greater Cincinnati offices. Reach us at (510) 728-4800 (Ohio) or (859) 282-1572 (Kentucky).