The human body relies on a coordinated effort by many parts and systems working in conjunction to keep us alive and participate in our favorite activities. This can be seen in various areas, but the lower limbs are clear examples of complex structures that work together and affect one another. In some instances, the effect one part has on another is not necessarily a good thing, and such is the case when heel pain starts radiating up the leg.
There are a couple of different potential explanations when pain starts down in the heel and then begins to travel up the leg. These include:
Naturally, treatment will depend on the specific injury and its severity, but it is important to have heel pain properly addressed to avoid the pain radiating up the leg. In a vast majority of cases, the treatment needed to address the original issue will be conservative in nature. This can include such nonsurgical methods as rest, ice, medication, shoe modifications, and custom orthotics.
Although they are rare, there are heel issues that may require a surgical procedure. When this is the case, though, you can find comfort in the fact that Dr. Joel Brook, Dr. David Northcutt, Dr. Irene Arroyo and Dr. David Baca are experienced, skilled, and highly knowledgeable when it comes to foot and ankle surgical procedures. Our foot specialists will make sure your issue is properly resolved and you have the post-operative instructions to recover completely.
Now that you know how heel pain can travel up the leg and some of the treatment options, let’s take a look at prevention measures you can take on the front end:
Whether your heel pain begins to travel up the leg or stays down in the back of the foot, you can benefit from the care and treatment we provide here at Dallas Podiatry Works. Our foot doctors will evaluate your condition, provide an accurate diagnosis, and then create a treatment plan for you to relieve any painful symptoms and allow you to participate in your favorite activities.
Call 972.566.7474 for more information or schedule your appointment at either our Plano or Dallas, TX podiatrist offices online today.