Heel Pain

Sensor Medica Clinic

Physical Medicine, Regenerative Medicine & Medical Aesthetics located in Idaho Falls, ID

If shooting pain in your heels first thing in the morning makes you creep across your bedroom like a gremlin, it’s time to get help. The health care team at Sensor Medica Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho, diagnoses the cause of your heel pain and offers expert treatments to relieve your pain and restore the biomechanical function of your feet and ankles. You don’t have to live with heel pain. Call Sensor Medica Clinic or make an appointment online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Each foot and ankle consists of 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 tendons. As a result of the complex structure, many issues can cause heel pain, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Misalignment 
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures

Many people assume that foot and heel pain is normal, especially if you’re on your feet all day, participate in sports, or are aging, but this isn’t the case. While you might have sore feet after a long day, severe pain that affects your gait and mobility is a sign of a more serious condition.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Your plantar fascia is the band of connective tissue stretched between your heel and toes. When you put too much stress on the plantar fascia, it becomes inflamed and causes severe heel pain. 

Plantar fasciitis is usually worse when you wake up or after a period of prolonged rest. The condition usually develops gradually, eventually becoming so severe that it disrupts your gait and mobility.

When should I talk to a doctor about heel pain?

You should call the team at Sensor Medica Clinic if you have heel pain that persists for more than a few days. Most minor injuries subside with a couple of days of rest and at-home therapy, such as elevation and ice. If your pain persists or gets worse, it could indicate a more serious issue. 

How do you evaluate heel pain?

The team at Sensor Medica Clinic combines thorough physical exams and biomechanical analysis with state-of-the-art, award-winning technology. They scan your body to provide information about your plantar pressure, gait cycle, and spatiotemporal measurements.

The scans are noninvasive and painless. They offer static scans while you stand on a sensor platform as well as a sensor treadmill that maps your gait while you walk, jog, or run. 

This data helps the team identify the condition causing your pain and informs your customized treatment plan. 

How do you treat heel pain?

The multidisciplinary team at Sensor Medica Clinic provides personalized treatment plans to address heel pain. They often combine physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, and custom orthotics with regenerative medicine, laser treatment, and shockwave therapy. 

Your provider might also recommend stretches to practice at home as well as lifestyle modifications to reduce the stress on your feet and ankles. 

Call Sensor Medical Clinic or make an appointment online today for expert, personalized treatment for heel pain.