Baxter’s nerve, also known as the inferior calcaneal nerve, can be responsible for some cases of heel pain when it becomes entrapped or compressed against surrounding tissues or bone. The pain from an entrapped calcaneal nerve can often feel like the pain from plantar fasciitis and is sometimes misdiagnosed as such. However, the pain from Baxter’s nerve is typically not worst in the morning, as it is with plantar fasciitis. While a compressed Baxter’s nerve sometimes responds to conservative treatments, it is not as predictable to treat it this way as plantar fasciitis is. In some cases, nerve decompression surgery may be necessary to provide relief if other treatments fail.
For more information on heel pain, its sources, and how we can help you find lasting relief, call Parker Foot & Ankle at (281) 497-2850. You can also request a copy of our free book “When Your Heels Hurt… You Hurt All Over” through our website.