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Heel Pain

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Monday, Aug. 27, 2007; 7:47 PM

Copyright Harvard Health Publications 2007

When To Call A Professional

Make an appointment to see your health care professional if you have significant heel pain that does not improve within a few days.


Although the outlook depends on the specific cause of the heel pain, most people respond to conservative, nonsurgical therapy. For example, at least 90% of people with plantar fasciitis heal within 6 to 8 weeks of conservative therapy, or conservative therapy followed by 6 to 8 weeks of night splints. Less than 5% of people with plantar fasciitis require surgery. Heel pain may return if you return too soon to your previous level of exercise or sports participation.

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National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse 1 AMS Circle Bethesda, MD 20892-3675 Phone: (301) 495-4484 Toll-Free: (877) 226-4267 Fax: (301) 718-6366 TTY: (301) 565-2966 http://www.niams.nih.gov/

American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society 2517 Eastlake Ave. E Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98101 Phone: (206) 223-1120 Fax: (206) 223-1178 http://www.footdocs.org/

American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) 9312 Old Georgetown Rd. Bethesda, MD 20814-1698 Phone: (301) 571-9200 Toll-Free: (800) 275-2762 Fax: (301) 530-2752 http://www.apma.org/

American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine 4414 Ives St. Rockville, MD 20853 Toll-Free (800) 438-3355 http://www.aapsm.org/

American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons 515 Busse Highway Park Ridge, IL 60068 Phone: (847) 292-2237 Toll-Free: (800) 421-2237 www.acfas.org

American College of Foot and Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine 3525 Ellicott Mills Drive Suite N Ellicott City, MD 21043 Toll-Free (800) 265-8263 Fax: (888) 336-6832 http://www.acfaom.org/

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