Heel Pain – Plano, TX
Dr. Sarang Desai is a leading foot and ankle surgeon in Plano, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of orthopedic conditions affecting the foot, ankle, toe and heel. The doctor uses advanced techniques to identify the root cause of heel pain and help patients find relief.

Heel Pain

The heel is the largest bone in the foot. Injury in the heel due to overuse leads to heel pain. Pain is usually felt either under the heel i.e. Plantar Fasciitis or where it joints to the Achilles tendon.

Causes Of Heel Pain

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Heel bursitis /Heel Spur
  • Heel bumps
  • Fat pad atrophy
  • Excessive pronation
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic inflammation of the heel pad
  • Stress fracture
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Reactive Arthritis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Bone Tumor
  • Bursitis
  • Haglund's Deformity
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Paget's Disease

Risk Factors For Heel Pain

  • Prolonged standing
  • Sudden Increase in exercise
  • Excessive running
  • High arches or Flat Feet
  • Inequality in leg length
  • Obesity
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Inward rolling of foot
  • Achilles
  • Wearing uncomfortable footwear

Symptoms Of Heel Pain

  • Sharp and unilateral pain that can be felt at bottom of the heel. Pain is usually experienced during morning or after long period of sitting.
  • Numbness and tingling sensation
  • Swelling
  • Clicking or snapping sound
  • Difficulty in bearing weight on the heel

Diagnosis Of Heel Pain

  • Diagnosis is usually based on the medical history of patient and physical examination of foot.
  • Imaging tests like X-rays, ultrasound and MRI may be done to identify the cause of heel pain.

Treatment For Heel Pain

Non-surgical treatment:

  • Non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed by the orthopedic doctor to reduce the pain and swelling.
  • The doctor may advise the patient to take rest and keep weight off the heel. Rest may help to reduce swelling. Activities that aggravate or cause the pain should be avoided.
  • Application of icepacks may be helpful to reduce the inflammation.
  • Stretching and calf strengthening exercises may improve range of motion  
  • Shoes that provide comfort and support to the heel should be worn to avoid worsening the condition.
  • Orthotic devices such as padding and night splints may be recommended to provide support to the affected heel.

Surgical treatment:

If the pain does not respond to non-surgical treatment, the doctor may recommend Plantar Fasciotomy to relieve pressure from the tendons within the joint.

For effective treatment of heel pain. Visit Dr. Desai. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle surgeon in Plano, TX, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072.