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Heel Pain

heel pain

Heel pain, while quite common, can be extremely uncomfortable and painful if not met with proper care or treatment. Heel pain may occur if you injure or overuse the heel. If left uncared for, the affected area may worsen, limiting your mobility and making it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as walking.

There are many different causes of heel pain, including strains or sprains, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and heel bursitis. One of the most common causes of heel pain for children and teenagers specifically is Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease can develop due to overuse or repetitive microtrauma of the heel bone's growth plates. This condition is often seen among those who are active in sporting activities.

Other causes of heel pain may include issues with poor circulation, poor posture when walking or running, a soft tissue mass, and a rupture of the Achilles tendon. To help ease the discomfort of heel pain, it’s advised that you get plenty of rest, apply ice to the affected area, and wear shoes that fit properly. In some more serious cases, a podiatrist might recommend the use of custom orthotics or shoe inserts for extra support.

If you’re experiencing heel pain, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Dr. Sherris specializes in treatment of heel pain (non-surgical and surgical). Specific treatment is offered and provided depending on the cause and patient needs. If you have experienced heel pain and would like to discuss this with Dr. Sherris, an examination and evaluation with possible x-rays and/or other diagnostic testing can be performed in our clinic for your convenience to help determine the severity and cause of your particular condition.

"Based on clinical findings, patient goals and my experience along with continuously updated knowledge in evaluating and treating heel pain, I work with my patients to make a cooperative decision based on what is best for them in each individual case." – Dr. Sherris

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