Get the Fact on Your Foot or Ankle Condition in Our Podiatry FAQ

Our patients are full of questions both before and during treatment. In order to help patients find relief as quickly as possible, our Florida podiatrists have compiled the most popular questions about bunions, diabetic foot injuries, ingrown toenails, and more on one page. Search our FAQ for fast answers!

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  • What causes heel pain?

    There are several possible causes of heel pain, including:Heel Pain

    • Plantar fasciitis. This is one of the most common source of heel pain for adults. It is caused by an inflamed plantar fascia (the tissue running along the bottom of the foot). This causes sharp, intense pain in the bottom of the heel, especially when moving from a sitting to standing position or when getting out of bed.
    • Achilles tendinitis. If you have recently started a new physical activity or increased the intensity of your existing activity, it is possible your heel pain comes from Achilles tendinitis. In this overuse injury, the pain is more likely to be experienced in the back of the heel and worsens following activity.
    • Sever’s disease. For adolescents, the most common form of heel pain is from Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysis). This is not a disease or necessarily an injury, but rather a condition that develops when the heel bone grows at a quicker rate than the Achilles tendon. The resulting pain is often worse during and following physical activity.

    Heel pain might also be a symptom of bone spurs or a fracture, and there are other causes as well. If you are experiencing heel pain, contact Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if calling from Lake County) and request an appointment today for an accurate diagnosis!

  • Why does my foot arch hurt?

    There are several possible reasons that factor into an explanation of what causes arch pain. Some of the possible causes include:

    • Foot arch painPlantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia runs underneath the foot and helps to support the arch. When the fascia sustains excessive force or stretching, it becomes inflamed and arch pain can develop.
    • Weakened arch-related ligaments, tendons, or bones. This is particularly true when the tissues forming or supporting the arch are subjected to overuse.
    • Abnormal foot structure. Specifically, arch pain can arise when foot arches are either too high (cavus foot) or too low (flatfoot). Orthotic devices are often beneficial. Our treatment plan for you may include recommending these devices.

    If you are suffering from foot arch pain, visit one of our doctors at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida. You will not only receive treatment to address your existing pain, but we will also suggest ways to prevent it from returning. Contact us for more information by calling 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (if you call from Lake County) or request an appointment online today for one of our five Florida offices – Orlando, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs, and Tavares, or Lake Mary.