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David Guhl, DPM
Amy Miller-Guhl, DPM
20700 Watertown Rd
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Waukesha, WI 53186



 


 


  

 

The feet endure the ever-present pressure of the body pressing down upon them. This force is only multiplied by the activities of an active lifestyle. Running and jumping cause a tremendous impact to the structures of the feet. When the feet are subjected to such continuous stimuli, pain in the heel will often develop as a result. While most heel conditions will be able to recover own their own, proper treatment and diagnosis is necessary to ensure the problem doesn’t become worse. This condition can already be very restrictive on the lifestyle of the patients afflicted, so proper treatment should be a primary concern at the first detection of heel pain.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

Heal your heel painPain originating from the heel is a common symptom and can be indicative of many different conditions. To receive proper treatment a professional diagnosis is required to determine the direct cause of the problem. Many of the symptoms involved in this condition are fairly simple to detect. Many patients experience severe pain and swelling around the heel; restricted motion and flexibility are also common symptoms. Any tingling, numbness, fever, and pain while at rest are definite signs that medical care is required immediately. To view the full extent of the damage to the heel Drs. Amy Miller-Guhl and David Guhl may use X-rays diagnostics.

What causes this condition?

Heel pain is typically generated by overuse of the feet and in rare instances may be developed due to an injury. Overuse problems involve repetitive or excessive pressure to the heel. This can be stimulated by changes in a patient’s athletic regimen. Running too often or for too long can develop this pain over time. The amount of impact to an individual’s foot is increase if they wear improper or worn out shoes; running on hard surfaces will also exacerbate this condition. Heel pain often comes in tandem with a variety of other foot conditions.

Foot problems that involve heel pain:

  • Achilles TendonitisPain from the inflammation of the Achilles tendon can be felt where it connects to the back of the heel.
  • Bursitis –There is a bursa sac at the back of the heel that can become inflamed and develop pain in the heel.
  • Heel Spurs –As plantar fasciitis develops, calcium deposits can grow in the heel and become easily irritated.
  • Plantar FasciitisThis is the most common cause of heel pain. Over-activity often causes irritation to the tissue along the bottom of the heel and leads to intense pain.
  • Stone Bruise –These are caused by the simple trauma of stepping awkwardly on a hard object such as a stone. This problem will go away with enough rest.

How is heel pain treated?

Most of the treatments for heel pain are relatively conservative. Usually heel pain cases can be solved with the application of the R.I.C.E. method. This treatment style advocates the use of rest, icing, compression, and elevation of the afflicted foot. For pain management, many people find that orthotics and ibuprofen are able to reduce pressure and inflammation in the feet. Our office will be able to prescribe the best medications, orthotics, and stretches for your unique case. In rare cases, surgery may be required to correct these conditions.

Most heel pain problems will only development into more severe complications with time. To get the very best treatment possible, contact our Waukesha office at the first sign of trouble. Call the office at (262) 544-0700 or schedule an appointment online withDrs. Amy Miller-Guhl and David Guhl.

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Foot Specialists - Waukesha, David Guhl, DPM, Amy Miller-Guhl, DPM, 20700 Watertown Rd, Waukesha WI, 53186 262-544-0700