Welcome to Our Heel Pain Center
Our practice boasts a Heel Pain Center. Why have a Heel Pain Center?
First of all, heel pain is a complicated symptom because it’s cause can be many various injuries and diseases. Heel pain is not normal and it’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong.
Generally, heel pain is the result of walking gait abnormalities that place too much stress on the heel bone and the attached soft tissues. This excess stress may occur from:
Bruising from running or walking on hard surfaces
Wearing poorly-constructed footwear
Heel pain is not limited to one location, but may occur on the bottom of the heel as well as the front and back.
Conditions That May Cause Heel Pain
Heel spurs. This bony growth that can appear on the underside of the heel bone may extend as much as half an inch. Heel spurs result from strain on foot muscles and ligaments or by stretching of the plantar fascia, a thick tissue along the bottom of the foot. Although it may be painful, some patients have no discomfort from this problem.
Plantar fasciitis. When the plantar fascia running along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed, heel pain can result and sometimes heel spurs too. Athletes who run and jump frequently experience this condition. Shoes without adequate support can cause plantar fasciitis. The pain is usually worst when you first get up in the morning.
Excessive pronation. Too much inward motion of the feet when walking is called excessive pronation and can cause heel pain when the heel’s ligaments and tendons are stretched too much.
Arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis and other forms including gout can cause heel discomfort.
Bursitis. An inflamed bursa, a small fluid-filled sac located near joints, can cause heel pain.
Haglund’s deformity. Also called “pump bump” because it is often caused by stiff-backed shoes, this heel bone enlargement is located where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel and is frequently caused by bursitis.
Achilles tendonitis. Inflammation of this tendon at the back of the heel is common in those who run and walk a lot and have tight tendons.
Bone bruise. This contusion is an inflammation of the tissue that covers the heel bone and is usually caused by an injury.
Each of our offices in Enfield, Windsor and South Windsor has a Heel Pain Center. Our team of experienced and skillful podiatrists along with state-of-the-art technology can quickly diagnose the source of your heel pain and devise a customized treatment plan just for you. Call us today so we can heal your heel pain!
We Can Help with Sports Injuries as Well as Other Foot and Ankle Problems
The foot specialists at PodiatryCare, PC and the Heel Pain Center have extensive experience in treating all aspects of foot problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Many treatments and surgeries can be handled right in our offices. Please call us at (860) 741-3041 to make an appointment in one of our offices conveniently located in Enfield, Windsor and South Windsor, CT.