Heel pain generally affects the bottom or back of your heel and can obstruct with normal activities or exercise. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can help ensure you get the best treatment for your heel pain. You can call us at (773) 561-8100 or visit us at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, Illinois.
Heel injuries can happen suddenly or over time and can be painful if not treated correctly. The most common causes of heel pain are Sever’s disease, Tarsal tunnel syndrome and bruised heels. Sever’s disease causes heel pain from overuse in kids ages 8 to 15 and manifests as pain at the back of the heel. If it is taken seriously and treated correctly, children may grow out of it. If it is neglected, however, it could result in severe pain as they get older and require serious treatment to alleviate the pain. Rest is an important part of treatment, as well as ice.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is often painful and is caused by pressure on the nerve as it passes along the tarsal tunnel, which is located on the inside of the ankle. This condition causes a burning pain in the foot along with pins and numbness, which can be very irritating and uncomfortable throughout the day.
Bruised heels affect the tissues under the heel to cause pain. Rest is again important with this condition, as is padding.
Treatment includes orthotics to absorb shock from walking and cushioning and to elevate the heel to allocate pressure evenly. Good footwear is very important and should include good arch support and a reasonable heel height to alleviate pain on the heel. Steroid injections can help to reduce pain and swelling in the heel when custom orthotics are ineffective. Exercising is also of great importance as it can strengthen the arch and other muscles to help support heel recovery.
Heel pain can be painful and have many underlying conditions. You should contact us as soon as possible to get the best treatment offered today!