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Heel Pain

Conveniently located to serve Portland, Lake Oswego, & West Linn

Boutique Podiatry Oregon Institute of Foot Care Lake Oswego
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Heel Pain Treatments

Pain in your heel, whether sharp or dull that lingers for days, weeks, months, or even years deserves a visit to Dr. Manson. Heel pain can interfere with your ability to do the activities you love and become chronic, making simple tasks such as standing or walking uncomfortable or impossible
At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, Dr. Manson can evaluate your heel pain and give you relief! Dr. Manson can also help determine if the heel pain is a symptom of a structural problem of the feet or ankles. You don’t need to live with heel pain; in most cases, heel pain can be treated with conservative treatments.
A visit to Dr. Manson can help you resolve it before it becomes chronic and debilitating.

Symptoms of Heel Pain

You should see Dr. Manson if you have a sharp pain at the bottom of your heel. It might be most intense when you first wake up in the morning or when you stand up from a chair after a period of inactivity.
The pain often feels like a sharp stabbing in your heel at first, then becomes a dull ache over the course of the day. If you’re active – in running or playing sports – the pain may fade during your activity, only to return with a vengeance later in the day or the next morning.
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Causes of Heel Pain

A common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a strain of the ligament that supports your arch. Plantar fasciitis often develops due to overuse, such as lots of running or wearing shoes that are unsupportive or too tight. Flip-flops, high heels, and worn-out tennis shoes are often to blame.

Heel pain can also develop due to warts or cuts or cracks that just don’t heal. Other common causes can be nerve pain and tarsal tunnel syndrome. In children, heel pain can be caused by Sever’s disease which is an inflammation of the growth plate.

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What Are Heel Spurs?

A heel spur, also called Haglund’s deformity or “pump bump,” is a growth of bone on the rear part of the heel bone, and is another common cause of heel pain. A spur forms when the achilles tendon pulls away from its attachment to the bone and a spur forms. Causes include wearing high heel shoes, worn-out or poorly fitting shoes, carrying excess weight, running on hard surfaces, or gait abnormalities.

Oregon Institute of Foot Care Can Help

What SHould I expect?
At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, Dr. Manson can evaluate your heel pain to find the cause. A physical examination as well as imaging studies can help determine what is causing your pain. Oregon Institute of Foot Care has Digital X-rays and diagnostic ultrasound available in the office to help make the correct diagnosis without referral to an outside imaging facility.
What if I have Any Underlying Problems?
If you have an underlying problem such as flat feet or a bunion, heel pain may just be a secondary symptom caused by the irregular gait these structural problems cause. Dr. Manson can treat your bunions or flat feet, and your heel pain disappears along with the primary structural issue.
I have Plantar Fasciitis, does that relate to heel pain?
If you have plantar fasciitis, going for a long time without treatment only prolongs your pain. Conservatively, Dr. Manson can advise rest, ice, stretching, physical therapy, and over-the-counter medications. Sometimes a steroid injection or custom orthotics are needed to help relieve the pain and to prevent it from returning. When all conservative treatments have failed, there is a simple procedure (Percutaneous Plantar Fasciotomy) that can be done in the office to relieve your pain.
Does Heel Pain Treatment Work?
Dr. Manson is an expert at Heel Spur Removal Surgery for posterior heel spurs and Haglund’s deformity. Dr. Manson can also remove warts or help heal abrasions, blisters, cracks, and sores that aren’t healing.

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At Oregon Institute of Foot Care, we care about healthy, happy, beautiful feet. We strive to provide personalized foot care and achieve the outcomes, both functionally and cosmetically, that our patients desire. What sets OIFC apart is our dedication to providing the highest quality care available, utilizing the latest medical techniques and technologies, educating patients to make well-informed health care decisions, and restoring foot and ankle function as quickly and beautifully as possible. Our mission is to give you healthy, happy, beautiful feet.


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