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Don’t be Hindered by Heel Pain – We Can Help!

Chances are you have had heel pain at some point in your life, or you know someone who has. It is a common area of the foot to be plagued with discomfort, and pain in the heel can significantly impact your quality of life. Your feet are designed to handle a heavy load, but certain conditions and injuries can make even a small amount of weight unbearable. The good news is that you do not need to be slowed down by heel pain. Dr. Philip Pinsker can find out what is causing your particular problem and provide a treatment plain tailored to your needs.

Why Does My Heel Hurt?

While heel pain is one of the most common problems to affect the foot and ankle, there are several reasons why it could be occurring.

Haglund’s Deformity

This condition is characterized as a bony enlargement at the back of the heel. Shoes with stiff, rigid backs can aggravate the heel, which has led to this problem being often labeled as a “pump bump.” Symptoms of this heel problem include a noticeable bump, pain, swelling, and redness. Having a tight Achilles tendon or a high arched foot could make you prone to developing this condition. There are many treatment options available including medication, ice, heel pads, and orthotics. Please call our office to discuss treatment or ways to prevent this problem from recurring.

Heel Callus

Constant friction and pressure on the heel can lead to a callus. A callus is simply a patch of thickened skin that develops as a form of defense and protection. Since our feet bear tons of weight over the course of the day, it is common for calluses to form. They are usually painless at the beginning but they tend to worsen over time if left untreated and could lead to painful lesions. If you notice one is starting, we can help you understand why it is forming and start treatment for it right away.

Heel Fissures

A fissure is another term for a crack in the skin. It may start out as a small nuisance or cosmetic problem, but any crack in the skin is something to treat and take seriously. Certain shoes or walking barefoot can cause the edges of your heels to become dry. Over time, small cracks can form which can be painful or bleed and are prone to infection. This is especially dangerous for someone with a circulatory problem or an underlying condition such as diabetes. If you have a persistent problem with dry heels, contact us for help before fissures develop.

Plantar Fasciitis

Pain running along the bottom of the foot is typically indicative of plantar fasciitis. This is a common injury involving the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel bone. Our patients often complain of sharp, stabbing pain at the first step out of bed in the morning. For some, the pain eases during the day but for others this injury can put a halt to exercise, daily activities, and even wearing certain styles of shoes. It is an injury that can develop quickly and stem from a variety of causes. Determining the root of your pain helps target the treatment you need. Keep chronic heel pain from developing and call our office for help at the onset of symptoms.

Heel Spur

Heel spurs are common in people who have a history of plantar fasciitis. The spur is actually a calcium deposit that forms on the back of the heel and while it is not the cause of plantar fasciitis, it can cause pain and make it difficult to wear shoes comfortably, and may interfere with exercise or activities. An X-ray can diagnose a spur, and there are several non-surgical treatment options that we can offer to relieve your symptoms.

A sore heel will often get better with rest from activities that are aggravating and by changing the shoes you wear. Unfortunately, we see too many people who ignore or push through the discomfort only to find themselves in excruciating pain. When you continue all of life’s activities on a sore foot, the problem will get worse and possibly even develop into a chronic condition. Learn more about heel pain from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons by viewing these PDFs: part one and part two. If your heel hurts, call Dr. Pinkser right away to determine why you have foot pain and how to treat it. Call our office in Washington, PA at (724) 225-7410 or visit our appointment request page to make one today.