Why Do My Heels Hurt?

Friday, January 2nd, 2015, 2:53 pm

Often those suffering from heel pain may blame ill-fitting shoes, high heels or that their jobs require them to be on their feet for lengthy periods of time. Although these factors may cause a periodic ache or soreness in the heels, chronic heel pain may be an indication of a more serious orthopedic condition. To follow is a look into three conditions that may be causing chronic heel pain. If you are experiencing heel pain, contact an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation.

Plantar Fasciitis is the Most Common Cause of Heel Pain

Below, are some facts about Plantar Fasciitis.

  • Most patients report that pain is at its worst in the morning when getting out of bed
  • Pain is often described as sharp or stabbing in the heel
  • Pain improves, but is recurring throughout the day
  • Generally a result of an increase in weight, change in activity (more standing), aging and stiff calf muscles
  • Improves with gentle, targeted stretching
  • In addition to stretching, NSAIDs, orthotics, night splints, weight loss and localized injections for pain may help improve symptoms
  • Condition rarely requires surgical intervention
  • Most patients respond to conservative treatments within three to six months

Plantar Fascia Tear as a Result of Injury

  • Most patients report extreme pain in the arch of the foot that travels through the heel
  • Considered an uncommon injury
  • This condition is most often associated with flat foot deformity
  • At onset of pain, patients may be required to use crutches
  • Treatment generally involves non weight-bearing for a recommended period of time, light targeted stretching and pain management medications

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

This condition is similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, except Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome affects the ankles, feet and toes rather than the wrists and fingers.

  • Chronic pain caused by pressure on nerves that travel through the ankle into the foot
  • Pain waxes with activity, wanes at rest
  • Generally treated conservatively with NSAIDs, orthotics, corticosteroid injections and physical therapy
  • In extreme cases, surgery may be require to relieve pressure on nerves to prevent permanent nerve damage

Are You Experiencing Heel Pain? Contact Dr. Watson.

To learn more about the causes and treatments for heel pain, or any of the conditions we treat, contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Troy Watson. We are located in Las Vegas, Henderson, and North Las Vegas, and we can be reached at 702.731.1616. We look forward to hearing from you.

Category: Foot Conditions, News

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