Nobody likes to feel pinched—neither figuratively nor literally. Although plantar fasciitis is a very common cause of heel pain, there are some cases in which a compressed nerve may be to blame. People who suffer from this condition may not find much relief with conservative treatments, which leads to the consideration of decompression surgery.
Between a Heel and a Hard Place
The calcaneal nerve runs beneath the inside of the heel, and can sometimes become entrapped in that location. This often leads to a consistent, burning pain that might feel like plantar fasciitis, except it doesn’t tend to be at its worst in the morning. Patients whose feet over pronate (that is, they roll inward too far) are more likely to have a trapped nerve in the heel.
While a trapped nerve can sometimes be relieved through changes in footwear or orthotics, cases in which these treatments are ineffective may require decompression surgery instead. Not only might this procedure be necessary to relieve chronic heel pain, but also prevent damage to the nerve over time.
If you are suffering from chronic heel pain, the most important step is the first: accept that it’s not normal and have it seen by a professional. Parker Foot & Ankle will help you get to the source of your pain and begin to address it. In most cases, non-surgical care is all that is needed. If surgery becomes a consideration, however, we will carefully explain all your options and help you decide what best suits your needs.
Contact our Houston office by calling (281) 497-2850 or use our website to request an appointment. The first step toward pain-free heels begins with you!