820 East Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

East Ocean Podiatry, Dean B Dorfman, DPM, P.A. & Dominick Sansone, DPM

Heel Conditions

Heel conditions often cause chronic or acute pain in the foot that leads to an inability to perform daily activities or exercises. Frequently, runners and athletes are afflicted by these conditions due to the overuse of their tendons and muscles. However, certain risk factors make individuals more susceptible to heel conditions. People with diabetes, who are obese, or spend a lot of time on their feet are at the highest risk for developing a heel condition.

Additional risk factors include:

  • Exercises that involve jumping and running
  • Having flat feet
  • Having a high arch
  • Uneven disbursement of weight while walking
  • Continual wear of shoes without arch support
  • Wearing shoes that don’t fit

Common Heel Conditions

There are a number of conditions that can develop due to these risk factors, but the most common include Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, plantar fasciitis, and tarsal tunnel syndrome.

  •  Achilles tendonitis occurs when the tendon that connects the calf to the heel becomes inflamed. This often occurs due to overuse or deterioration of the tendon.
  • Bursitis develops when the bursae, which are fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints and muscles, become irritated and swollen.
  • Plantar fasciitis, associated with heel spurs, are calcium deposits that accumulate under the bone. They often affect the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes (plantar fascia), but also can occur under the heel.
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome occurs when the tibial nerve (located in the back on the ankle) becomes compressed or pinched in the tarsal tunnel.

Other factors such as age, lifestyle, and genetics play a role in the condition that may be troubling a patient. Teens going through puberty may suffer from Sever’s disease or heel bumps, which are temporary growth-related issues. Traumas such as a sprain or fracture can also cause heel pain and conditions.

Symptoms & Diagnosis for Heel Conditions

Common signs that accompany most heel conditions include:

  • Heel pain
  • Swelling around the heel
  • Tingling in the heel
  • Aching
  • Inability to stretch the foot

Because heel conditions vary in severity and causes, there are a number of methods used to diagnose them. Heel conditions can be diagnosed using blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, and MRI tests. Additionally, your doctor will inquire about the symptoms you are experiencing and study your medical history to determine potential disorders.

Contact East Ocean Podiatry for Heel Pain Treatment

East Ocean Podiatry specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heel conditions and other podiatric issues. We serve many areas all over Florida, including Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Boynton Beach and many others. If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact us online or call (954) 828-2601.