Heel Pain In Edmond & Norman, OK

Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.


Symptoms:

Pain constantly in heels, pain at rest, pain with first step, pain with walking, pain in heels while walking for short or long distance, constant burning, constant sharp stabbing pains, deep ache, stone bruise, pain during exercise or after exercise.


Common Causes:

Heel pain has many causes and can be rather complexed and pain staking diagnosis for a patient. Plantar fasciitis with heel spur syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, sural nerve entrapment, tibial nerve entrapment, radiculopathy or lower lumbar back problems, medial calcaneal nerve entrapment, arthritis, flat foot, over pronation, Achilles tendonitis, increase or decrease in weight size, gastroc equinus, heel fractures and in pediatric open growth plates leading to pain. So there is a whole bunch of reasons why the heel can hurt and sounds all too confusing.


Diagnosis and Modalities Used:

A good history and physical examination will be the best tool in diagnosis of your heel pain. X-rays, ultrasound, MRI and CT scan can be used in diagnosing your heel pain.


Most Common Diagnosis:

Bone spurs, Tarsal tunnel syndrome, Tibial Nerve Entrapment, Plantar fasciitis, sural nerve entrapment and medial calcaneal nerve entrapment. Dr. Buksh can differentiate between all these diagnosis and inform you of your treatment plan.


Conservative treatments:

Oral medications, splints, orthotics, physical therapy, MLS Laser, Neurogenix, steroid injections and PRP injections.


Surgical Options:  

Nerve decompressions, plantar fasciotomy, medial calcaneal nerve decompression, gastroc recession are all the most common procedures performed. These are all outpatient procedures and patients can usually resume weight bearing within a week or two at the most. Dr. Buksh has performed hundreds of these procedures with significant success rate.


For more information on Heel pain in the Oklahoma City, Edmond and Norman areas, contact us at (405) 285-7408 or (405) 321-6984 today!