Heel pain getting you down? You’re not alone! Heel pain is one of the most common complaints we hear in our office.
Heel pain can be from a variety of sources. Here are five common causes of heel pain…
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
This syndrome results from a large nerve in the back of the foot becoming trapped or pinched. Symptoms include burning or tingling sensation in the bottom of the foot.
A heel spur or osteophyte is a small bony growth on the back or underside of the heel. They are rarely painful in and of themselves, and are often confused with a condition known as plantar fasciitis. The spur itself rarely needs to be removed.
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue that stretches from the ball of the foot to the heel, forming the arch. This pain is often felt first thing in the morning when taking those first steps out of bed! Can also be during activity or after extended activity. This is the most common type of heel pain that we see in office.
Achilles Tendinitis is a painful inflammation of the Achilles tendon. This often results from overexertion from high impact activities, such as running.
A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone. Stress fractures can develop from overuse or from high-impact sports like distance running or basketball.
Treatments for heel pain may include rest, stretching and strengthening exercises, and the use of foot supports/inserts. Heel pain rarely requires surgery. We are not big fans of the shockwave ultrasound, as the complication rate including stress fractures is not something we are comfortable recommending. A total contact type of orthotic is the best treatment, in our opinion. If surgery is required, an outpatient procedure is usually successful.
There’s no need to suffer from unnecessary heel pain…call us today if you want relief!
If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.
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