When You May Need Heel Surgery
Pain stemming from the bottom of your heel? A couple of different conditions could be to blame for discomfort that is focused on the underside of your foot. Heel pain can be persistent, severe, and debilitating. Don't let it interfere with your day to day activities or keep you from getting exercise. Have your feet checked out to see if heel surgery could benefit you.
Two of the most common conditions that lead to heel pain are plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the ligament in the bottom of the foot that extends from the heel bone to the toes; and heel spurs, often the result of stress on the muscles and fascia that pull against the heel bone. Either one could develop into a situation that may need surgical intervention
The source of your heel pain is not limited to these conditions alone. Here are other conditions that our office treats:
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
These conditions are associated with the heel pain symptoms. We will work with you to determine the exact cause of your pain and develop a unique treatment plan for your feet, from conservative treatments to heel surgery.
Should I See A Doctor?
If your condition has left you with the inability to bend your foot downward, raise your toes, or walk normally, schedule an appointment with Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. In some cases, pain can be severe enough to cause fever or numbness and tingling around the affected area. If the pain persists and continue to be a nuisance even while sitting, or lasts for longer than a week, give us a call.
Can I Treat It Myself?
Most often heel pain will go away on its own. If you're looking for an at home treatment, we recommend resting the foot when possible and avoiding activities that subject them to excessive stress, such as running. Place ice on the foot for 15 to 20 minutes, three times a day.
Sometimes the source of your pain can be your footwear. Your shoes should fit properly and provide your limbs with adequate support. For shoes that don't offer what you need, supports are available. From heel cups to wedges, and even our custom made orthotics, the right support can have your feet feeling better in no time.
Will I Need Surgery?
Some cases cannot be treated at home. Chronic heel pain may often remain after resting the joint or remain present even after switching to custom orthotics. If this is the case, you may need heel surgery to correct the problem.
If you have a heel fracture, surgery may be needed to repair or realign the bone. This may involve plates and screws to hold it in place, or fusion of the bones.
To walk a mile in the shoes of someone with heel pain could be very painful. We understand this discomfort and frustration. If you are suffering from this ailment, let us help! Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. is an expert in the matters concerning heel pain. Leave your feet in the hands of an expert. Call us at (302) 623-4250, or visit us online to schedule an appointment today. We have offices in Newark, Glasgow, and Wilmington, DE.