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1. What are the causes of heel pain?
Heel pain is primarily caused by plantar fasciitis. The other causes of heel pain are heel bursitis, stress fracture, ruptures or tear in the Achilles tendon, gout and calcaneal cysts.
2. Is surgery needed to treat heel pain?
Surgery is performed in extreme circumstances when the other conservative treatments are ineffective in treating heel pain. A surgeon will therefore remove the plantar fascia from the heel bone to ease the pain.
3. Can heel pain get cured on its own?
Most of the times, heel pain goes away by itself with adequate rest and by avoiding the activities that put an extra pressure on the heels.
4. When should I visit a doctor for my heel pain?
If the heel pain becomes very severe and unbearable, especially after an injury, and if it is associated with tingling and numbness sensations with fever, further causing difficulty in walking, then a doctor should be consult.
5. Can a podiatrist treat heel pain?
A podiatrist is a doctor or a surgeon who specialises in treating the disorders of foot and ankle. Since, they specialise in foot and ankle disorders, they are the best people to treat heel pain.