While any type of foot pain can make your life miserable, heel pain can be the worst. Your heels take a pounding and bear the pressure of your full body weight every time you take a step. When that first step is painful, walking can be miserable, if not impossible.
Heel pain can be caused by many conditions, the most common being:
- Arthritis or gout
- Flat feet
- A Foreign Body
You may have pain on the heel itself, pain above the heel, or on a bony protrusion coming out of your heel. And, heel pain can be made worse by:
- Abnormalities such as flat feet
- Your activities (including running or walking on hard pavement)
- Wearing the wrong shoes
- Gaining weight
If you’ve been suffering from heel pain, it’s likely you’ve been examined by least one doctor, and it’s possible that you were prescribed orthotics. However, orthotics alone don’t treat the cause of your heel pain. Moreover, many patients arrive at our office with orthotics that do not work – either they were made incorrectly, or the diagnosis was wrong, and the patient did not need it.
We Treat Heel Pain Differently Here
Dr. Baldinger first will talk with you so he can understand your lifestyle, your concerns, and your cultural needs. Then he will perform a gentle, thorough examination to identify the underlying reason for your heel pain. Once he is confident he has made the right diagnosis, a custom treatment plan will be put into place to relieve your pain and take steps to keep you out of misery in the future.
Note: Surgery is rarely required to address heel pain.
If your heel pain is caused by flat feet – you’re in luck!
Flat feet are one of the most common causes of heel pain. When you have flat feet, with every step, your arch flattens and puts stress on your heels. Flat feet are usually a result of misalignment of the bones in your feet – your anklebone is not sitting in the proper position on your heel bone.
Exciting news! Dr. Baldinger is an expert in a new procedure called EOTTS that corrects misalignment problems for life. It is safe, effective, performed with local anesthesia, causes minimal pain, and requires minimal downtime. Read more about EOTTS here.
If heel pain is making you miserable, it’s time to see Dr. Baldinger.