Heel Surgery

[term=’plantar-fasciitis’]Plantar[/term] fasciitis and [term=’heel-spurs’]heel spurs[/term] are common sources of heel pain that may require surgery. [term=’plantar-fasciitis’]Plantar fasciitis[/term] is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the fibrous tissue that runs along the arch of the foot to connect the heel bone and ball of the forefoot. Heel spurs often accompany [term=’plantar-fasciitis’]plantar fasciitis[/term]; spurs are outgrowths of bone that develop in the heel due to constant pressure. Heel spurs can become problematic when pain and other foot problems crop up as a result of footwear pressing and rubbing against the affected area, causing irritation, redness, swelling, and inflammation. As the bone spur irritates and inflames the surrounding soft tissue, acute pain and/ or a dull ache are experienced.
Heel pain is usually effectively alleviated with rest, ice application, orthotic inserts, exercises and stretches to alleviate tightness and pressure, and anti-inflammatory medications (always check with a doctor before taking any medication). However, in some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove a heel spur, release the plantar fascia ligament, and/ or stretch foot nerves.