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Heel Pain

The heel is a cushion of fat tissue at the back part of the human foot that protects the structure of muscles, ligaments and the heel bone (calcaneus). Heel pain is a common foot condition, seen in one out of 10 people with at least one episode in their life time. It is essential to make a correct diagnosis of the cause of heel pain so as to direct a person for appropriate treatment.

Heel pain is often due to tenderness in the heel and can be caused by obesity, abnormal walking style, standing or walking or running on hard surfaces and wearing ill-fitting shoes. Heel pain is rarely caused by injury. The conditions that are related to heel pain are –

  • Plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the ligament that connects the heal bone to the toes
  • Bursitis, swelling of a bursa at the back of the heel
  • Achilles tendinitis, swelling of the Achilles tendon that connects calf muscle and heel
  • Bone spurs in heel
  • Calcaneus fracture, fracture of heel bone
  • Haglund’s deformity, bone enlargement at the back of heel
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, nerve enlargement at the back of the foot
  • Arthritis, swelling of joints

The common symptoms are chronic heel pain mostly during walking, jogging and running. Sharp and stabbing pain when you first stand up early in the morning and stand after sitting for long hours may also occur.

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Houston Foot and Ankle Specialists

Physicians at Advanced Orthopedics and Sports medicine are trained in the treatment of most foot and ankle problems. They are trained in the treatment of complex foot problems, forefoot deformities (bunions, hammer toes, etc.), ankle injuries, fractures/dislocations, major and minor foot/ankle reconstructions, ankle replacements, minimally invasive surgery, arthroscopy, and non-operative management of foot and ankle problems, including treating the special populations, including diabetics and rheumatoid arthritis. In addition to common surgical options, advanced techniques include ankle arthroscopy, subtalar arthroscopy, deformity correction with internal or external fixation (Ilizarov/ring fixation) and ankle replacement.

Drs Elbaz and Brooks now perform Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, shin splints, peroneal tendonitis, Achilles tendonitis or partial tears. PRP stimulates a more rapid healing of tendon, ligament, muscle and bone.

Contact us today to Schedule an Appointment or call us at 281-955-2650 to learn more about our Foot and Ankle Treatment options.

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