Heel Pain 101

What is a Plantar Callus?

A plantar callus is a callus that develops on the bottom of the foot, usually in the heel area. The callus occurs due to one metatarsal bone being longer or lower than the others. The placement of the metatarsal bone causes it to hit the ground when walking with more force than the bone is made to deal with, causing the skin beneath the bone to thicken. 

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About Achilles Tendon Ruptures and Surgery

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body. However, it can still rupture and it can be a very serious injury. 

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Treatment Options for Pediatric Heel Pain

Heel pain in children is common, but that doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Foot pain is never normal and should always be evaluated by a doctor and treated appropriately. 

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Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body, but it can still rupture and when it does it is a serious injury. Recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture depends on the severity of the injury, but it can be 6-12 months before some people return to full activity. Some people will never return to their full activity and strength after an injury like this. 

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Treatment Options For Stress Fractures

Stress fractures in the feet are commonly seen in the calcaneus, which is the heel bone.  

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome, causes the vast majority of heel pain.  

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Types of Peroneal Tendon Injuries

There are two peroneal tendons in the foot. One of them attaches to the outer part of the midfoot, while the other runs under the foot and attaches near the inside of the arch. The peroneal tendons' main function is to stabilize the foot and ankle and protect them from sprains. 

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Treatments For Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund’s deformity, also known as the “pump bump,” is an enlargement of the bone on the back of the heel. Treatments for Haglund’s deformity usually consist of non-surgical methods that focus on reducing the inflammation of the bursa.  

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Signs and Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Rupture

The Achilles tendon is the strongest tendon in the body, but it can still tear and when it does it can be painful and a difficult injury to recover from. It can take 6 to 12 months before some people can return to full activity after an Achilles tendon rupture and some  will never regain their full strength and activity after such an injury. 

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Stress Fractures In the Heel

Stress fractures are tiny, hairline breaks in the bone or incomplete breaks and are commonly seen in the calcaneus (heel bone). Stress fractures are a very common sports injury. In fact, up to 15% of all sports injuries are stress fractures. Stress fractures can also be sustained due to improper footwear, deformities, abnormal foot structure or osteoporosis.  

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