Heel Pain 101

Fractures Can Occur in the Heel Bone

When people have heel pain, they often jump to the conclusion that they are suffering from plantar fasciitis because it is a common diagnosis. However, there are various other conditions and injuries which can cause intense heel pain. 

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Is Your Child Experiencing Heel Pain?

If your child begins experiencing heel pain, you may be surprised. Foot pain is often associated with older people or people who are very active or work in demanding positions, not with children. 

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Is Your Job Hard on Your Heels?

Many people work at jobs that put a lot of pressure on their feet. Many jobs require hours of standing, sometimes on hard surfaces like concrete floors. Some jobs require a lot of lifting, stooping, and bending, which puts pressure on your feet and heels as well. 

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Do Your Wear High Heels Often?

Women who wear high heels often put a lot of unnatural strain on their feet and toes. One result of frequent high heel use is Haglund’s deformity. Haglund’s deformity is also known as the “pump bump” because it occurs so often among those who wear pumps or high heels regularly. 

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What is Heel Spur Syndrome?

Heel spur syndrome is basically just another name for plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia.  

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What is Dry Needling?

Dry needling is a procedure that can be performed for chronic plantar fasciitis. It is usually only used as a treatment option after more conservative treatment options have failed to relieve your heel pain.  

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Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is an inflammation of the connective tissue called the plantar fascia that runs from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, and inserts into the heel bone. 

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The Basics of Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common complaint among podiatry patients. Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis are both frequent offenders. Patients also come in suffering from heel problems like heel fissures, stress fractures, calcaneus fractures, Haglund’s deformity or calluses.  

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Possible Alternatives to Plantar Fascia Release Surgery

Plantar fascia release surgery involves cutting the plantar fascia at its attachment to the heel bone. If a heel spur is in the same area, it may be removed at the same time. The goal of the surgery is reduce or eliminate pain on the bottom of the heel. 

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About Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund’s deformity is a bump on the back of the heel. It is an enlargement of the bone on the heel known as retrocalcaneal bursitis. 

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