Heel Pain

heelThe calcaneus (heel bone) is the largest bone in the human foot. It is capable of bearing enormous force over a human lifetime. However, during the high impact of walking or running, people commonly develop heel pain.

Heel pain has many causes. It can occur as a result of unusual forces on the calcaneus and the muscles, nerves, tendons and ligaments that surround the heel bone. Poor shoes, that are unsupportive or worn out, are often a factor in heel discomfort. We encourage you to learn more about the many possible causes of heel pain at the American Podiatric Medical Association’s Website.

Proper diagnosis of heel pain is essential. The most common causes for heel pain include Plantar fasciitis, Heel Spur Syndrome, Achilles tendinitis and stress fracture. However, other causes for heel pain exist which require expertise in utilizing and interpreting modern diagnostic technology. In addition to physical examination, we may utilize X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI or CT imaging to help identify causes of heel pain that don’t respond easily to conventional conservative care.

The treatment philosophy at Southwest Austin Foot and Ankle Clinic is to exhaust all reasonable measures of conservative care before advancing to more invasive treatment options. Treatment options will vary depending on each diagnosis of heel pain.

Some examples of treatments are:

  • Physical therapy/Stretching/Icing/Shoe evaluation
  • Night splints or socks
  • Oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medications
  • Injectable stem cells and growth factors
  • Rarely, surgical intervention

If you are experiencing heel pain, allow the professionals at Southwest Austin Foot and Ankle Clinic help you find relief. We look forward to assisting you in getting back to pain-free activity.

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