Are you one of those people who suffer from heel pain, but just kind of grin and bear it? Do you find yourself cringing every time you get out of bed or walk to the refrigerator? While you’re there, you might want to grab some ice from the freezer. If that doesn’t seem to help your discomfort, you might need to look into other ways to ease your pain. If it’s stopping you from daily activities, it’s time you visited Parker Foot & Ankle. Our expert doctors will diagnose your problem and discuss treatment options. If your pain is persistent, heel surgery could be the right choice.
When Should I Consider Surgery?
There are many reasons why you may be feeling pain in your heel. There are also many remedies to help control it. However, if pain is severe, surgery may be the best treatment option.
One common cause of chronic pain that might require heel surgery is a condition called plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the fibrous band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your toes to your heel bone. The inflammation tightens the band and causes pain. This may also cause what’s called a heel spur. When the tight band pulls on the heel bone it can begin to form into a hook-like deformity, increasing the discomfort even more. Prolonging treatment only makes the condition worse. When conservative treatments fail, a procedure can correct the problem.
Halting Heel Pain
Often referred to as osteotomy, heel surgery typically involves cutting the heel bone, then shifting it inward or outward to correct alignment. Specifically, the metatarsal bone is cut in a “V” shape then lifted and aligned with the other bones. This alleviates pressure on the bone, which in turn helps reduce inflammation and relieves pain.
After surgery, you can expect to be in a cast or boot for up to six weeks, restricted from activities that put weight on your foot. This allows time for the bone to heal, so be sure to not get impatient. Refrain from walking or standing at all. Take this time to relax and plan a fun activity for when you’re back to your old self. Before you know it, physical therapy will begin and a gradual build-up of weight-bearing activities will follow. By 12 weeks out, you should be fully recovered and returning to your normal routine, only now you’ll do so pain-free!
Heed the Warnings
If you are experiencing heel pain, there could be a number of reasons. Don’t ignore it. Call (281) 497-2850 to make an appointment with Dr. Robert Parker today. If it is determined that you need heel surgery, take comfort in knowing that you will be in good hands, and afterwards, you’ll be kicking up your heels with joy. Visit Parker Foot & Ankle in Houston, TX, to find out more.