The conditions to consider for your heel pain are;
1) Achilles tendinitis; heel tendon inflammation
2) Retrocalcaneal bursitis; bursa are fluid filled sac (pocket like structures) for smooth movement of the tendon, which can get inflamed and termed bursitis. The heel bone is called calcaneum and the bursa below it is inflamed thus the term retrocalcaneal.
3) Plantar fasciitis; heel has got a soft tissue underneath called as plantar fascia, inflammation of which is called plantar fasciitis.
4) Calcaneal periostitis; heel bone inflammation
5) Calcaneal spurs; wear and tear arthritis forms small bone growth.
The treatment is almost same for all these conditions with the minor variations. Following may help you;
1) Moist heat or ice compresses; whatever suits you
2) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like Ibuprofen
3) Local analgesic ointment /spray
4) Physical therapy
5) Deep electrotherapy like iontophoresis, phonophoresis, short wave diathermy, electrical stimulation etc.
6) Consideration of steroid shot
7) Shock wave therapy
8) Custom-fabricated inserts in shoe-wear
There is a new therapy called as autologous blood injection in which your own blood is injected at the pain site, is said to be quite effective. Shock wave therapy is available in sport medicine clinics or physical therapy clinics.
You may consider consulting any of these specialists;
MD in physical medicine and rehabilitation
Please feel free for your follow up questions.
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