Heel pain when weight is placed on the foot is quite common. The pain may be felt below and behind the heel, resulting from inflammation or irritation of the heel pad, which is fibrous tissue that cushions the foot. X-rays of the foot may reveal a bony protrusion or heel spur.
Many people get relief from changing shoes or adding heel cups, as well as modifying their activities. However, treatment may include resting the feet and applying ice, massage, and stretching. Most often the condition will improve with these measures. Persistent pain may require prescription medication and shoe modification. Steroid injections and walking casts may also be used if the problem continues.
For more information about heel spurs, please call (918) 494-AOOK (2665).