Sharp pain in your heel when you step out of bed is a terrible way to start the day. If this sounds familiar to you, you’ll be glad to know that our Dallas heel specialist can provide relief for your heel pain – most likely without having to resort to surgery.
Heel pain can strike after periods of rest, but it can also begin after active periods, when you finally sit down and get off your feet. Pain can radiate up your leg or into the arch of your foot, making walking uncomfortable even in your most comfortable shoes.
Typically, the problem starts with the plantar fascia, a ligament that spans the bottom of your foot from heel to toes. This tough ligament isn’t meant to stretch much; this lets it give your foot the support it needs for walking.
When your foot flattens too much, the plantar fascia is stretched too far, and small tears may occur where the ligament attaches to the heel bone. This may cause a spur to form on the base of your heel bone. While you’d think this bone spur is what’s causing the pain, it probably isn’t. What really hurts is the tearing of your plantar fascia ligament away from the heel bone.
Flattening of the foot is related to the structure of the joint complex just below your ankle, and the problem develops from repeated straining of the ligament over time. Wearing heels frequently may also cause tightness of your calf muscles, which can contribute to flattening of your arches. Even low heels – such as those often found on cowboy boots – are enough to cause a problem.
Why is the pain worse in the morning or after periods of rest? While you’re resting, your body begins to heal the minor tears in the ligament. Once you put weight back on your foot, the ligament tears right back open, causing a sudden stab of pain that may lessen slightly as you walk.
While you may fear that the only thing that will relieve your pain is foot surgery, we have good news for you: There are many non-invasive ways to correct heel pain. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, may help, as may arch supports and heel cushions. If heel pain persists, our doctors will conduct a thorough physical examination of your feet, and probably order digital X-rays to ensure that you’re not suffering from a stress fracture or other less-common cause of foot pain.
After we’ve pinpointed the cause of your discomfort, your Dallas Podiatry Works physician will develop a treatment plan to alleviate your ongoing pain. Because tightness of the calf muscles can contribute to the flattening of your feet, your plan may include a regimen of calf-muscle-stretching exercises. Other courses of treatment include night splints, orthopedic taping of the arch for added support, or cortisone injections. The Neurotherm procedure is a pain management technique using nerve ablation for management of difficult cases. For severe cases, you may be fitted with prescription foot orthotics designed to correct the cause of your foot pain. If all of these measures fail, surgery followed by the continued use of orthotics may be required as a last resort.
Heel pain is likely to continue indefinitely if left untreated. Because simple treatment measures are available, there’s no reason to continue to suffer with heel pain. If you’re ready to take the first steps toward eliminating your heel pain, make an appointment with Dallas Podiatry Works now. Click here or call us at 972.853.7100 for an appointment with our Dallas heel specialist today!
The doctor has great “bedside manners” when talking to patients. Great staff and comfortable atmosphere.
The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
Been having bad ankle pains for 6 months was referred here and it was a great visit ladies in the front desk medical assistants and the Doctor were all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable.