Heel Pain

hand holding a heel that is red to show point of pain

Heel pain can have many factors, but one of the most common causes of heel pain is heel spur syndrome when the band of tissues under the foot inflames due to fault structures of the foot. While other conditions, such as stress fractures, arthritis, and nerve irritations, can cause heel pain, heel spur syndrome can exist for people who have a fault or high arches. Those who lack supportive footwear can put a strain on these parts of the foot, especially for those who work strenuous hours and have obesity. Some of the symptoms, such as pain and swelling along the bottom of the foot that increases throughout the day and over time, can be treated with non-surgical treatments. However, when all else fails, our surgeons at Dr. Seth J. Steber’s office will be able to help recommend the best treatments for you.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Heel Pain

Heel pain can be a common occurrence, but can also be treated at home. Some treatments we recommend for at-home care include:

  • Stretching exercises can ease the pain felt and relieve tension in the muscles

  • Ice under the heel several times a day for 20 minutes can reduce inflammation

  • Limit activities that require physical exertion, such as intensive hiking, to give your heels rest

  • Shoe modifications, such as finding shoes with good arches, will keep pressure off the heel and reduce stress

  • Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, can reduce pain and inflammation by acting as a blocker for pain receptors.

If you still experience heel pain after several weeks, see Dr. Steber, who may add these treatment approaches to your routine:

  • Padding, taping, and strapping can soften the impact and support the foot while walking.

  • Orthotic devices can correct the underlying structural abnormalities that are causing heel pain.

  • Injection therapy, such as corticosteroid injections, can reduce inflammation in the muscles and joints.

  • Removable walking cast, which will leave the foot immobile for a few weeks, can allow the foot to rest and heal from its injuries.

  • A night splint will allow the foot to be protected at night and maintain an extended stretch during sleep.

  • Physical therapy can provide pain relief over time, helping the muscles gain strength and heal.

Surgical Treatment For Heel Pain

Surgery for heel spur syndrome involves releasing part of the plantar fascia ligament. Our surgeons may operate through open surgery or through very small incisions, also called endoscopic surgery. Some of the risks of heel spur syndrome surgery include tarsal tunnel syndrome, neuroma, and infection. Dr. Steber and his team will guide you through our surgical processes, and help determine the best procedures so your heel pain can be relieved.

Contact Dr. Steber and Schedule an Appointment!

If you’re experiencing symptoms associated with heel pain, then schedule an appointment with our office today by either filling out our contact form found on our homepage or calling us at 570-657-6851.

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