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Find Heel Pain Relief With Our Dallas Heel Specialist

Expert Care for Plantar Fasciitis & Other Heel-Related Problems

dallas heel specialistSharp 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.

What Causes Heel Pain?

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.

Treat Your Heel Pain with Help from Our Experienced Dallas Heel Specialist

How Can You Treat Heel Pain & Plantar Fasciitis?

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.

Don’t Wait to Seek Treatment for Your Heel Pain

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 972.566.7474 for an appointment with our Dallas heel specialist today!

5-Star-Rated Dallas Heel Specialist for the Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain – Serving Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Garland, Rockwall, Allen, Arlington & Fort Worth, TX

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"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
"Dr Northcutt is a fantastic physician. My first surgery with him (although painful), went very well. A couple of issues (with his staff) needed to be corrected, I appreciated his calm and professional demeanor and he corrected those issues promptly. He sets the bar high (the mark of a great physician), and that is the key reason why I'm coming back to him to correct my other foot. I would highly recommend him."- She B. 5 star
"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 care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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