One of the most common reasons that people visit their foot doctor is because of terrible heel pain. There are many different causes of heel pain including repetitive stress from exercise and from tightly-fitting shoes like pumps.
A bad pain in your heel can really ruin your day and adversely affect your whole body. When you are experiencing heel discomfort, it can even cause you to absentmindedly alter the way you walk to favor the part of your foot that doesn’t hurt. This can lead to the development of severe problems with the knees, hips, and back — so always take care of your feet first!
Conditions that cause heel discomfort and pain include the following:
- Tarsal tunnel—There is a nerve that travels behind your heel bone, and when this nerve becomes constricted due to an injury or disease, the resulting compression can cause severe burning and a tingling sensation or shooting pain.
- Plantar fasciitis—The wide area of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot between your toes and heel is called the plantar fascia. When it becomes inflamed, stretched, or overstressed, the result can be a major pain in the arch and heel. This pain is often most noticeable first thing in the morning and may be more pronounced after long periods of resting, sitting, or standing.
- Achilles tendon injury—This largest tendon in your body that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone is likely to encounter severe stress and possible injury when it is overused. The resulting swelling, pain, and discomfort can be enough to sideline you for a long time, so see your podiatrist for the best care.
- Sever’s disease—Children often suffer from this condition that is the result of bone growth plate formation abnormalities. When the bone grows faster than the surrounding and connective tissues, severe pain is often the result. As the child ages, the growth plates stabilize and the pain subsides.
Since the precise cause of heel pain can be difficult to determine, and since treatments need to be specialized for optimum results, always consult with your foot doctor for the correct care. Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.