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Fighting Foot Pain The heel is an underappreciated body part. It simply does its job by supporting your body and generally goes unnoticed until an issue arises. There are various conditions that can cause heel pain, but our Oklahoma City podiatry practice is here to help with any that might be affecting you. The first step in getting the effective treatment you need is to have an idea what heel issue you are experiencing.

Plantar Fasciitis

Running along the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone to your toes and supports the arch. When it becomes inflamed due to tiny tears typically caused by overuse, it can lead to tremendous pain in your heel first thing in the morning. It will go away after you start walking for a while, but this doesn’t mean that the issue has been corrected. Our office can provide the treatment you need to actually have it fixed.

Sever’s Disease

Heel pain can be quite common in adolescent boys and girls, especially for those who keep active with sports that entail running or jumping. Often occurring between the ages of 8 and 13, this condition results from irritation in a growth plate found in the back of the heel. In addition to soreness, symptoms of Sever’s disease include limping, difficulty with usual physical activities, and walking on toes (to avoid placing weight on an affected heel). Oklahoma Foot and Ankle Center offers the care necessary to alleviate your child’s discomfort.

Achilles Tendinitis

Your body’s strongest, thickest tendon is the Achilles, but strength and size doesn’t mean that this tendon is exempt from injury. On the contrary, Achilles tendinitis is fairly common, especially for patients who suddenly increase their levels of physical activity. This injury is caused by intense or repetitive strain on the tendon and can be identified by a mild ache above the heel that progressively worsens and is particularly severe following physical activity.

Heel Spurs

The human body develops bone spurs in an attempt to protect itself in areas that face extended periods of rubbing, pressure, or stress. Your feet, especially the heels, endure tremendous amounts of pressure and stress, so it is normal that they are common locations for these calcium deposits. Left to their own devices, you wouldn’t likely realize you have a spur, but when they irritate soft tissue—as is often the case—you become aware of their existence. This condition often goes hand-in-hand with plantar fasciitis.

Haglund’s Deformity

Also known by the appropriate nickname “pump bump,” this condition is frequently caused by the rigid backs of high-heeled footwear. (Although, in all fairness, men’s dress shoes and ice skates can also trigger this ailment.) The “deformity” is a bony enlargement found on the back of the heel and it irritates soft tissue in the area when pressed against the hard back of a shoe. Patients often benefit from conservative care.

Fractures

Much like any other bone in your body, you can sustain a fracture to your heel bone. There are generally two different types of fractures – those caused by physical trauma and stress fractures. Between the two, traumatic events—car accidents, falls, etc.—are the more likely culprit behind a broken heel bone (calcaneal). Signs of a traumatic fracture include sudden pain, swelling and bruising in the area, and an impaired ability to place weight upon the foot. Stress fracture symptoms include generalized discomfort that develops slowly and increases with physical activity.

Effective Heel Care in Oklahoma City, OK

Specific treatment will depend, naturally, on the specific injury. The good news is that these conditions are all typically treated with great success by the use of conservative, noninvasive methods. Surgery might be an option in certain cases, but we will discuss this together and make the best decision for your health.

Heel pain is often successfully treated with noninvasive treatment. See our post on shockwave therapy.  Dr. Elenburg has this in his office; it doesn't take long for the treatment and it almost always helps get rid of that pesky sharp, stabbing heel pain that is slowing you down.

No matter which of these respective sources of heel pain ails you, Foot and Ankle Center of Oklahoma is ready to help. We restore our patients back to health using the best practices and equipment available. Contact our Oklahoma City office by calling (405) 463-6700 today to schedule your appointment with us.

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Podiatrist -Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeon - Oklahoma City, Darren Elenburg, DPM, FACFAS, 3705 NW 63 St, Oklahoma City OK, 73116 405-463-6700