Heel Pain: Orthopedic Treatment In Flower Mound, TX

by Administrator 16. April 2016 05:08

The heel bone (calcaneus) is the largest among all the bones in the foot and bears the maximum impact of body movement. It is protected by a thick covering of fatty tissues which not only protects but also gives it its shape. Heel pain is a common problem that affects people irrespective of age and gender.

Causes

  • Running, walking and jumping on uneven or hard surfaces
  • Wearing shoes that do not provide adequate support
  • Being overweight
  • Stepping on a hard or pointed object
  • Direct injury to the heel bone
  • Formation of bony outgrowths or heel spurs
  • Diabetes
  • Sprains or strains which affect the tendons and ligaments
  • Fracture of the heel bone
  • Medical conditions such as Neuroma, Bursitis, Arthritis, Flat Feet, Sever’s Disease, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonitis etc. 

Symptoms

  • Pain which can be mild to severe
  • Inability to bear body weight
  • Tenderness, redness, bruising may be observed
  • Pain may aggravate in the morning while getting up from the bed
  • Change in gait/ limp
  • A feeling of warmth in the foot and heel 
  • Swelling
  • Inability to bend the foot or turn the toes
  • Numbness or tingling sensation

Diagnosis

  • Evaluation of the injured foot and heel by the orthopedic doctor
  • Assessment of the patient’s medical history
  • X-rays may be conducted to check for bone damage
  • MRI and CT scans help reveal soft tissue, blood vessel, tendon and ligament damage 
  • Nerve conduction tests may be done to check for loss of sensation

Treatment

  • Wearing a splint over the heel at night
  • Applying ice packs at regular intervals for 2-3 days
  • Giving rest to the injured foot
  • Wearing supportive shoes with proper cushioning
  • Pain killers and anti-inflammatory medicines may be prescribed
  • Avoiding any activity that may put stress on the heel or foot
  • Strapping or taping may be advised to support the ligaments and tendons
  • Shoe inserts, customized orthotics, heel wedges may be used for additional support
  • Surgical intervention may be required in case of a fracture, for removal of bone spurs or torn ligaments and tendons
  • Physical therapy and specific stretching exercises may be recommended to regain strength and motion

We, at OrthoTexas, provide effective treatment for heel pain and other foot conditions. To schedule an appointment with the foot specialists in Flower Mound, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679 or visit 4951 Long Prairie Rd, Suite 100, Flower Mound, TX 75028. 

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