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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
September 16, 2016
Category: Foot Pain

One of the most frequent complaints patients bring to us at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC is heel pain. Although this part of the foot is designed to be strong enough to carry our body weight and also act as a shock absorber, it can become stressed or inflamed due to overuse, injury or improper footwear. Here are some of the most common causes of heel pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome—this is the number one cause of heel pain in the bottom of the heel. Patients often experience a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, especially with the first steps of the morning or after sitting for a long period of time. Pain usually improves as you move and stretch your foot. The plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed, usually due to overuse or poor foot mechanics, such as flatfeet and this is the cause of the pain.

  • Nerve entrapment—An irritated nerve being compressed in the tarsal tunnel on the inside of the heel and ankle can bring throbbing pain that can be bad when active or laying down. It is similar to carpel tunnel syndrome in the wrist.

  • Retrocalcaneal/posterior heel pain—this condition affects the back of the heel. It can be associated with Achilles tendonitis or Haglund’s deformity (also known as “pump bump”).  A related area of discomfort can be an inflamed bursa sac that is found between the bone and the tendon, causing retrocalcaneal bursitis.

  • Stress fracture—less common but prevalent among athletes is a stress fracture in the heel. This tiny, hairline crack in the surface of the bone is usually the result of overuse.

As you can see, heel pain has many potential causes. That’s why it’s important to schedule an appointment with our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Leornard M. Talarico as soon as you begin to experience ongoing heel pain. Too many patients delay in seeking treatment which usually leads to increased pain and a more difficult recovery. If your heel is bothering you contact our Pooler office today by calling: (912) 330 – 8885.

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