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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 21, 2017
Category: Heel Problems
Tags: Heel pain   heel spurs   callus   pump bump   plantar fascia  

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM one of the problems patients frequently bring to us is heel pain. Normally your feet carry the weight of your entire body and are capable of bearing the force of multiple times your weight when you walk or run without an issue. When your heel has an injury or other condition that is causing pain, however, that pressure can become unbearably painful. The first step to relieving the pain is to track down the source. If your heel is hurting, our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will start by examining your entire foot and getting a complete medical history. The foot doctor will ask questions about your recent activities and may even want to know something about the shoes you wear. Finally, x-rays or other imaging studies and lab work may be ordered to confirm a diagnosis. Below are 4 possible reasons why your heel may be hurting:

  1. Heel Callus—a callus is thickened patch of skin that develops in response to pressure put on a part of your foot. The callus is meant to be a natural protection or padding to the sensitive area but over time, the callus itself can start to cause pain. Treatment is aimed at determining the source of the pressure and shifting weight away from the affected area.
  2. Haglund’s Deformity—with this condition a bony enlargement at the back of your heel can become inflamed and swollen as it rubs up against the back of stiff, rigid-backed shoes like pumps (hence it’s other name, “pump bump”). This disorder can be aggravated by a tight Achilles tendon or a high arched foot.
  3. Plantar Fasciitis—along the bottom of your foot there is a thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia that goes all the way from your toes to your heels. When the plantar fascia is injured or becomes inflamed due to overuse, flatfeet or another cause it can also result in heel pain.
  4. Heel Spurs—patients who have a history of plantar fasciitis often develop heel spurs as well. These are calcium deposits that develop in the heel and can make exercise, walking and wearing certain shoes very painful.

There are several non-invasive as well as surgical treatments available to relieve heel pain. In nearly every case, the sooner the problem is diagnosed the easier it is to treat. If you are suffering with heel pain contact our Washington office as soon as possible for an appointment by calling: (724) 225- 7410.