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heel pain

Heel pain, while quite common, can be extremely uncomfortable and painful if not met with proper care or treatment. Heel pain may occur if you injure or overuse the heel. If left uncared for, the affected area may worsen, limiting your mobility and making it difficult to perform everyday activities, such as walking.

There are many different causes of heel pain, including strains or sprains, tarsal tunnel syndrome, stress fractures, achilles tendonitis, and heel bursitis, or a pinched nerve. One of the most common causes of heel pain for children and teenagers specifically is Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease can develop due to overuse or repetitive microtrauma of the heel bone's growth plates. This condition is often seen among those who are active in sporting activities.

Other causes of heel pain may include issues with poor circulation, poor posture when walking or running, a soft tissue mass, and a rupture of the Achilles tendon. To help ease the discomfort of heel pain, it’s advised that you get plenty of rest, and initially apply ice to the affected area for the first 24-48 hours, and wear shoes that fit properly. In some more serious cases, Dr. Abramsohn recommends the use of custom orthotics, shoe inserts, and ultrasound and x-ray for better diagnosis, steroid injection, or shockwave treatment.

If you’re experiencing heel pain, we recommend you consult with Dr. Abramsohn as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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