It’s an unfortunate reality that many people completely neglect their heels. Sure, they’re used (and abused) every day. However, aside from the occasional rub or rote application of lotion, the heels are pretty much ignored. They work endlessly to hold you up, while you persistently drop them down.
Your heels are an important part of the structure of your foot, and are essential for keeping your legs, back, and hips healthy as well. Your heels stabilize your soles and act as a shock absorber for the force and pressures you exert when you walk. Without your heels, the pressure of the ground and the weight of your body pushing against your foot would travel throughout your legs, back, and hips, instead of dissipating gently throughout the muscles and tendons in your foot. As a result, your entire body would feel the jarring exertion and pain of these forces with every step. This is why it’s important not only to pay attention to your heels, but also to keep them healthy and happy.
However, you may not be able to protect your heels 100% of the time. That’s where we come in. At Parker Foot and Ankle, we step in to relieve your heel pain when unexpected injuries occur.
Surgical Relief: Resolving Your Condition With the Proper Procedure
Your feet endure more stress than any other part of your body. In addition to holding you up and getting you from place to place, they also have to deal with environmental hazards, physical stresses, and occasional consequences of your poor judgment. (Perhaps you shouldn’t have tried to jump off the roof into a swimming pool after all.)
That all changes after a heel injury. No matter what may be the injury or cause, your heels need you to pay attention and support them for once, and get the proper treatment their injuries require.
In order to ensure that none of our patients are denied the comfort they rightfully deserve, we provide extensive heel treatment options for a variety of injuries, including:
- Calluses. Repetitive friction on the heel can cause irritation, forcing the skin on the heel to thicken and become hard to prevent skin erosion and blisters. Although generally not painful, calluses can be embarrassing and unsightly
- Bruises, cuts, and perforations. It’s amazing how often you can cause serious damage to your heel as a result of stepping on sharp or rough objects. If not treated correctly, these injuries can cause severe pain and infections.
- Cracked heels. When you exert pressure onto your feet, your heels naturally expand outward in order to create more surface area and stability; blood circulation also causes some natural swelling.. However, if the skin on your heels is exceedingly dry or lacking in essential nutrients, when the heel expands it can cause your skin to stretch and split ,causing fissures around the outside of the heel. Depending on the depth of these cracks, persistent pressure can lead to pain, bleeding, and infections.
- Swelling. Too much strain or pressure on your heels can cause the muscle and tendons to become irritated and enlarged, making it difficult to walk…and making your heel sensitive even to touch.
- Sprains and torn ligaments. Overstretching your muscles and tendons can cause them to tear or swell, resulting in pain, numbness, and the inability to put weight on your heel.
- Calcaneus (heel bone) fractures. Too much pressure or accidental trauma can cause the bones in your heels to snap or crack, resulting in a host of painful complications.
- Burns. Although the skin on your heels is generally tougher than the rest of the foot, it can easily be burned by the sun, hot pavement, scorching sand, hot coals or embers, and many other heated surfaces. Unfortunately, even if you don’t notice the burns when they occur, the second you put your foot down (and every step thereafter) you’ll realize the pain and discomfort that a heel burn can bring.
- Nerve entrapment. Pain, numbness, or tingling in the heel can be caused by the compression of inner-heel nerve branches, called the medial or lateral branches of the plantar nerve. Nerve problems are not easily handled at home.
- Heel spurs. Calcium deposits can form at the base of the heel. Your joints and ligaments will start to deteriorate as a result of the deposits rubbing and grinding on tissue. It’s just as painful as it sounds, and it can lead to lasting changes in your ability to walk.
Healing the Pain and Discomfort
At Parker Foot and Ankle, we believe that for as much as your heels do for you, they deserve quality injury care. After all, their pain is your pain, and we can help you both. We know how intense, aggravating, and embarrassing heel pain can be. That’s why we combine the initiative, focus, and knowledge that we’ve gathered over the course of four decades into providing you with the most advanced care options available. To make sure that your pain is resolved as quickly and comfortably as possible, we implement the following care and treatment techniques:
- Diagnostic services
- Regenerative medicine and techniques
- Pain management
- Physical therapy
- Strengthening exercises
- Lifestyle change advice and care
- Non-invasive procedures, including laser therapy
- Surgical options, including nerve decompression
- Educational services on how to properly care for your feet in the future
We’ve helped thousands of people like you alleviate pain and strengthen their heels. Isn’t it time for us to help you put your foot down on pain? With our help you can get back on your feet and proudly, comfortably, and painlessly get back to living your life. Contact us today at 855-465-2577 for more information about your heel injury, or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment. It’s time to put the pep back in your step, so call now!