Heel pain is a widely overlooked condition, as many only view it as a very mild condition that will not have any serious effects on your health. In reality, having heel pain may actually increase your risk of developing a variety of disorders such as back problems, joint problems, and it even can increase the risk for developing heart conditions. Having pain in the heel is a sign that something may be wrong elsewhere, as the heel is one of the key support areas of the entire body. While this is not always the case, getting your pain checked out by a trained professional can help you to have peace of mind knowing that you are not causing any damage to the rest of your body and that serious nerve damage is not developing.
Causes of Heel Pain
The most common causes of heel pain are other heel conditions such as plantar fasciitis that occur on the bottom of the heel. Achilles tendinitis, which occurs at the back of the heel, is also a common cause of associated heel pain. Diabetics are also at an increased risk of developing heel pain due to the sensitivity of their neurons. Over time, nerves in the heel can become damaged and irritated, another leading cause of heel pain.
Some key disorders that lead to consistent heel pain include:
- Achilles tendon rupture
- Bone tumor
- Bursitis (joint inflammation)
- Haglund’s deformity
- Heel spur
- Osteomyelitis (a bone infection)
- Peripheral neuropathy (damaged nerves in the feet)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis (inflammatory joint disease)
If you are active and on your feet a lot, your chances of developing some kind of heel disorder increase. Athletes, dancers, runners, and more are all at risk for slight heel pain to possibly develop into something more painful and debilitating. If you are concerned about any of these symptoms do not hesitate, call our offices in Richardson and Plano today.
Symptoms of Heel Pain
Heel pain commonly can cause a misalignment of the spine and put uneven pressure on your knee joints. This can become especially apparent if you continuously ignore the pain and allow it to further develop. See your doctor or contact us immediately if you have experienced any of the following:
- Severe pain and swelling near your heel
- Inability to bend your foot downward, raise your toes, or walk normally without causing pain
- Heel pain with warmth to the touch, numbness, or tingling
- Severe heel pain immediately after an injury that does not subside with home treatment
Heel Pain Treatment
Modern pediatric clinics have found a novel treatment method for heel pain that addresses the root cause of heel pain disorders, nerve and tissue damage. It is called Radio Frequency Therapy, and it is now one of the most common and effective treatments for foot pain disorders. With a small needle, pediatric physicians are able to disrupt the nerves that are sending pain signals to the affected area by introducing radio waves. By inserting a small needle close to the targeted nerves, physicians use the RF to warm the nerve, effectively rebooting it and facilitating its normal function and healing. Radiofrequency therapy has been proven to be a very effective treatment with backing by physicians across the globe. Over 70% of those who undergo this revolutionary therapy experience lasting pain relief and improvement sensations in the affected area. Pain relief from RF can last anywhere from 7-12 months, with some patients reporting that the pain relief has never subsided.
If you are suffering from any type of heel pain, do not hesitate to contact our treatment centers in Garland, Plano, and Richardson. Our trained and friendly staff can help guide you through an individualized process that puts you, the patient, first. Don’t let your heel pain detract you from living your best life any longer.