Keys To Diagnosing And Treating Posterior Heel Pain

Bob Baravarian, DPM, and Rotem Ben-Ad, DPM | 35,275 reads | 0 comments | 06/19/2014

There is no question that heel pain is one of the most commonly presenting complaints to the podiatric practitioner. Although plantar heel pain seems to predominate in this category, we cannot overlook posterior heel pain as an important subset of heel pain syndrome.

A Guide To Conservative Care For Plantar Heel Pain

Jamie Yakel, DPM | 21,708 reads | 0 comments | 10/22/2013

Given that heel pain is one of the most common maladies that podiatrists treat, this author offers a pertinent overview of conservative therapies ranging from corticosteroid injections and night splints to low-Dye taping and platelet-rich plasma.

Point-Counterpoint: Should We Do Plantar Fascia Releases For Heel Pain?

Mark Hofbauer, DPM, FACFAS, and Alexander Pappas, DPM; and Steven Shannon, DPM, FACFAS | 28,760 reads | 0 comments | 10/22/2013
Yes. After conservative options for plantar fasciitis fail, these authors argue that release of the plantar fascia can be beneficial for those with chronic pain, citing good success rates in the literature.

By Mark Hofbauer, DPM, FACFAS, and Alexander Pappas, DPM

Are You Treating Heel Pain Like A Specialist?

Doug Richie Jr. DPM FACFAS | 5,526 reads | 0 comments | 07/17/2013

I often read and listen to colleagues describing their preferred treatment for plantar heel pain. I am surprised at how many podiatric physicians follow the same protocols typical of primary care providers. This raises a question: Why aren’t foot and ankle specialists really practicing like foot and ankle specialists?

A Closer Look At Heel Pain And Baxter’s Neuritis

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS | 36,603 reads | 1 comments | 08/14/2013

Through my 23 years of practice, I often think of the old adage, “When you hear hoof beats, think horses, not zebras.” I consider myself a very good diagnostician. I base my diagnoses on comprehensive history and physical examination. However, there are times when the patient is not progressing as expected and those “hoof beats” are actually zebras. One such case is heel pain from Baxter’s neuritis, which is entrapment of the first branch of the lateral plantar nerve.

Keys To Addressing Heel Pain In The Athlete

Tim Dutra, DPM | 17,303 reads | 0 comments | 10/25/2012

Heel pain, especially in the athlete, can have a wide range of potential etiologies. This author discusses pearls for getting to the root of plantar and posterior heel pain, and reviews appropriate conservative and surgical treatment options.

Current Concepts In Addressing Plantar Heel Pain

William Fishco DPM FACFAS | 20,985 reads | 0 comments | 01/02/2013

In my blog last month ( ), I reviewed the common disorders of the posterior heel and Achilles tendon. Since we are in the neighborhood, so to speak, l will give you my cheat sheet for addressing pain syndromes of the plantar heel.

Conquering Posterior Heel Pain In Athletes

By Christopher R. Corwin, DPM, MS, and David C. Erfle, DPM | 58,850 reads | 0 comments | 11/03/2006

    Americans of all ages are participating in athletic activities, including football, at a higher level than ever before. Unfortunately, this also leads to an increased incidence of injury. Heel pain is a common complaint among athletes. It can be particularly disabling and result in a loss of playing time.

How To Address Inferior Heel Pain

Ryan Y. Lee, DPM, Jennifer A. D’Amico, DPM, and Donald R. Green, DPM | 17,218 reads | 0 comments | 10/26/2009

While plantar fasciitis is a common diagnosis for inferior heel pain, these authors emphasize the importance of a proper workup and differential diagnosis. They also offer pearls on conservative treatments such as corticosteroid injections and provide insights on surgical procedures such as plantar fasciotomy.

Conquering Conservative Care For Heel Pain

By James M. Losito, DPM | 24,634 reads | 0 comments | 05/03/2004

Heel pain is certainly one of the most ubiquitous complaints among our patients. Plantar heel pain is by far the most common location with proximal plantar fasciitis (heel spur syndrome) accounting for the majority of cases. Proximal plantar fasciitis, otherwise referred to as heel spur syndrome, is common in any podiatric practice and is certainly the most frequently encountered etiology of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis has been reported to comprise up to 10 percent of all foot and ankle injuries. The clinical presentation consists of insidious onset plantar or plantar/medial heel pain.