Your heels are the largest of the 26 bones in your feet. This means when your heel has a problem, you have a problem. While many people can soldier on through heel pain for some time, many heel conditions are degenerative, meaning they get worse over time. Ultimately, heel problems can become overwhelmingly painful and incapacitating, disrupting day-to-day functioning and devastating quality-of-life.
At JAWSpodiatry, we always look for non-surgical treatment options for foot and ankle problems whenever possible. But some heel problems are so serious that they require surgery to fully resolve. When heel surgery is required, it is important for patients to know what to expect.
What Causes Heel Problems?
Heel pain is often related to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a biomechanical condition caused by immense and ongoing pressure that damages the ligament and causes pain or stiffness at the sole of the foot. Other causes of heel pain at the bottom of the foot include stone bruises and heel spurs. Heel pain behind the heel is usually caused by bursitis which is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon and is typically due to over exercise or uncomfortable shoes.
When is Surgery Required?
The good news is that the vast majority – about 95% – of plantar fasciitis cases can be effectively treated with more conservative, non-invasive treatments. But when pain is not relieved and mobility not improved by treatments such as icing, stretches, orthotic inserts, and rest after nine to twelve months of treatment, surgery may be recommended.Read More