Heel pain is a common foot problem that many people experience. While there is more than one cause of heel pain, the most common being degeneration of the plantar fascia, the connective tissue that supports the arch of the foot, heel pain can also be caused by damage to the nerves near the heel.
At US Neuropathy Centers, we place great importance on determining a correct diagnosis to create a unique treatment plan that is beneficial, safe, and effective. US Neuropathy Centers is located in 7 states across the US, with locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Wyoming, and Utah.
There are multiple reasons that heel pain can develop that are associated with nerve complications:
- Tarsal tunnel syndrome- this condition describes compression to the large nerve at the back of the foot and/or small nerves located at the rear and to the outside of the foot/ankle area. It can develop in the ankle or foot and is a kind of compression neuropathy.
- Morton’s neuroma (entrapment)- a foot problem that usually causes pain to the area between the third and fourth toes, causing complications to the ball of the foot. This condition is named after one of the first physicians that described it, but has come to be recognized as an entrapment neuropathy of the plantar digital nerves.
- Medial calcaneal nerve entrapment-this nerve is located close to the location that the plantar fascia connects to the heel bone and is often mistakenly diagnosed as plantar fasciopathy (“fasciitis”).
- Diabetic Peripheral neuropathy/other metabolic peripheral neuropathy- Diabetes is the most common cause of peripheral neuropathy. As metabolic conditions often case swelling of the nerves which can lead to entrapment, many entrapment neuropathies are associated with this condition, including tarsal tunnel and medial calcaneal nerve entrapment.
Heel pain is fortunately treatable, and US Neuropathy Centers can help. New and emerging minimally invasive procedures have shown remarkable clinical outcomes.
At US Neuropathy Centers, we strive to provide care that leads to the best results. Patients are encouraged to take their treatment home with them to help relieve pain and improve their results in safe and effective ways. Talk to your US Neuropathy Centers physician about ways you can help relieve your heel pain today.
If you are suffering from neuropathy, please do not hesitate to call us at any of our US Neuropathy Centers locations. With offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, our neuropathy experts are easily accessible and here to help.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.
@US Neuropathy Centers, 2014