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Getting a Leash on Heel Pain

Talk about heel pain? Podiatrists and orthopedic surgeons get their ear full since heel pain is one of the most common complaints voiced. Heel pain is a general term employed to describe certain specific ailments that affect the heel. Usually ailments such as plantar fasciitis, and heel spurs, but may also include Achilles tendonitis and ruptures.

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Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia is stretched beyond its normal limits.  It develops small tears, causing pain and tenderness. Heel spurs are growths due to abnormal strain of the fascia. If left untreated, this condition can become debilitating and have a major impact on your lifestyle. These typically do not get better on their own, so you should seek prompt medical attention from your podiatrist in order to prevent them from worsening. All is not lost as most cases of heel pain can be treated with conservative methods and a little homegrown persistence.

Heel pain, originating in the plantar fascia does not usually come about due to a sudden injury, but rather develops over a period of time. Factors that contribute to the onset include:

  • Occupation – Jobs that require you to be on your feet a lot or do significant heavy lifting will add to the stress on certain muscles and ligaments.
  • Activities – Athletes are frequent sufferers of heel pain due to repetitive high impact forces that slowly wear away at body tissues. Runners are particularly susceptible.
  • Obesity – Extra weight is a constant stress on the body, especially the feet and supporting muscles, tendons and ligaments.

The other area of concern is the Achilles tendon. Any injury to the Achilles tendon should be taken seriously and treated by the podiatrists at Dallas Podiatry Works, Drs. Brook and Northcutt. Long-term recovery is more likely to be complete if you seek early treatment. Our doctors will most likely be able to diagnose an Achilles tendon rupture or partial rupture, but may want imaging tests to confirm their findings and understand the scope of your injury. Most often experienced by athletes as a sudden injury, an Achilles rupture is described as feeling like you’ve been hit in the heel with a bat. It is accompanied by difficulty walking.

Drs. Brook and Northcutt will determine if surgery is necessary. Most often this can be treated conservatively. Now, Dallas Podiatry Works effectively treats these injuries with shockwave therapy using the EPAT machine. This simple office based procedure is done without anesthesia and accelerates the bodies own potential healing abilities. For more serious conditions, immobilization in a boot, splint or cast may be needed. Crutches or a knee walker may be necessary for an additional period, followed by physical therapy to help you regain strength and mobility.

Don’t suffer needlessly. Dallas Podiatry Works has treatment options ranging from simple orthotics to surgery that will help you manage or resolve your heel pain. Call the Dallas office at (972) 566-7474 or Plano at (972) 943-3323 to set up an appointment.

"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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