Why Does My Heel Hurt?

Perhaps you notice it first thing in the morning as soon as you get out of bed—a sharp stabbing pain in your heel the second it touches the floor. Or maybe it just feels like a deep ache that you only notice when you are exercising or after you’ve walked a long distance. Or, worse yet, your heels are constantly in pain or feel like they’re burning whether you are on your feet or not.

Possible Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain can have many causes. Some of the more common conditions that will bring on heel pain are: plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, tarsal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy, sural nerve entrapment, arthritisAchilles tendonitis, and heel fractures.  In pediatric podiatry, we even see heel pain that is caused by open growth plates.

What’s Behind the Pain

Since there are so many possible reasons why your heels may hurt, a very thorough physical examination is necessary to make a diagnosis. At Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. A. Bil Buksh will ask for a detailed medical history and may also take x-rays in the Norman or Edmond offices. He may also use other diagnostic tools such as ultrasound, MRI, and CT scans to properly diagnose the cause of your heel pain.

Treatment Plan

Once the cause of the heel pain has been properly diagnosed, proper treatment will be prescribed. Dr. A. Bil Buksh is a board certified podiatrist and surgeon and has been treating heel pain in Oklahoma County and Cleveland County for over 15 years. Depending on your diagnosis, Dr. Buksh may employ conservative treatments ranging from oral medications, physical therapy and orthotics, to laser treatments and steroid injections. He has also performed hundreds of successful surgeries including nerve decompressions, plantar fasciotomy, and medial calcaneal nerve decompression to relieve many causes of heel pain.

If you or someone in your family is suffering from chronic heel pain, don’t delay, visit our website and use the online appointment request form to set up a consultation.