One of the most common indicators of a fractured heel bone is tenderness in the area that causes pain, even with slight pressure. Swelling in the foot and ankle area is another prevalent symptom, often accompanied by visible bruising. Individuals with heel fractures usually find it impossible to bear weight on the affected foot, leading to significant mobility limitations. The diagnosis of heel bone fractures typically involves X-rays and computed tomography, or CT, scans. X-rays can provide a clear image of the injury, but in more complex cases, CT scans may be used to obtain a detailed, three dimensional view of the affected area. Non surgical treatment involves protecting the fractured area with a splint, resting the foot by avoiding weight-bearing, and using crutches. Once swelling subsides, a podiatrist may apply a cast to stabilize the fracture. Surgical intervention may be necessary when the fracture affects the joint. It is important to avoid putting any weight on the injured heel until the fracture has fully healed, which may take several months. If you believe you have fractured your heel bone, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.
Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Sayville Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.
Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.
Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.
Why Might Heel Pain Occur?
- Wearing ill-fitting shoes
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running
Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.
If you have any questions please contact our office located in Sayville, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.