You have a huge amount of nerve endings in your feet, and even a blister on your heel can cause severe pain. By getting correctly fitted footwear and a computerized walking gait analysis with your foot doctor’s help, you can avoid many foot problems that can lead to heel pain. Custom formed orthotic inserts can be optimally placed to shift weight and pressure away from problem areas, so that healing can occur. Talk to your foot doctor about the Tenex Health TX treatment for chronic plantar fasciitis.
3 of the many possible causes for severe heel pain include the following:
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs—Arch problems like plantar fasciitis can lead to heel pain and trigger painful heel spurs. In some cases, removing these protruding bones surgically is necessary. Rest and ice will often help.
- Fractured heel bone—When you land hard on your heel such as after falling off a ladder, the force can be enough to crack the heel bone. It is a very painful and debilitating injury requiring immobilization and possible surgery.
- Bleeding heel fissure—Extremely thick and toughened calluses that form on the heel split open and start to bleed. This can lead to infection, so be sure to have skin conditions like calluses and corns treated by your foot doctor to help avoid complications.
Since some of the causes of heel pain can have very similar symptoms, you should see your foot doctor for the correct diagnosis. At Your Next Step, our team of board-certified podiatrists has access to advanced technologies, along with years of experience, to help diagnose and treat a variety of foot and ankle problems, including sports injuries, joint pain, toe deformities, nail fungus, chronic tendon pain, and skin problems. Dr. Eric Ricefield, Dr. Mark Yagodich, and Dr. Aliza V. Eisen provide high-quality foot and ankle care to patients in the greater Philadelphia area at our offices conveniently located in Ardmore, Paoli, and Downingtown, PA. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.