Talalglia, why it hurts the heel?

Written by: Dr. Iban Clares Moreno
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Many people have experienced at some point in their lives persistent and sharp pain in the heel capable of interfering not only in sport but also in the natural development of our daily activities. We are talking about heel pain or heel pain.


Why hurt the heel?

Most probably we will have heard the catchphrase "Does it hurt the heel?'ll Have a spur, do yourself a radiograph". But are all heel pain produced by the famous heel spur? Moreover, is it really the calcaneal spur the cause of pain?

Despite the universal fame that adopted in the past the heel spur as a cause of heel pain, today it is more than demonstrated that it is not. The heel spur is merely a calcification of the birth of the plantar fascia on the heel, structure contributes to hold the foot bridge.

After the development of medicine, most experts agree that there is something that does not work well at the foot of these patients and this is something which causes, as a result, heel pain and the appearance of the heel spur.

Why are not spur heel pain?

The answer is simple: there are many different causes that can cause problems on the heel. Symptoms that may present, as well as the presence or absence of a spur on X-ray, causing depend on the nature of the alteration.

It is logical to assume, then, that the most appropriate treatment vary depending on the patient 's true diagnosis.


Should I worry if I have heel pain?

Almost all of these disorders respond to mechanical causes, all benign. Unfortunately, the torpid clinical course of these processes makes patients may perceive this as a major health problem because it can limit them their daily activities.


Why the foot is so susceptible to suffer this kind of alterations?

The foot is the foundation of our body and makes us human beings in contact with the ground. Hold our weight and propels us forward to move during operation. Hopefully, before these functions as diverse, its structure requires to be dynamic, changing, able to adapt to the needs of each moment.

While we remain standing need a flexible structure that absorbs the weight of our body. In contrast, to take off and propel us as we walk we need a rigid and consistent structure able to pry the ground.

To change from a flexible to a rigid foot foot naturally the many pieces that form the foot must work harmoniously. When this does not happen some structures foot begin to suffer, producing, as the most common symptom, pain.


Should I go to a professional doctor if I have heel pain?

Seek medical professional specialist Traumatology he is essential to guide the patient toward restoring your problem. And, although roughly the therapeutic ladder is quite similar for most ailments (whenever possible one should choose less aggressive treatments), assessment by the specialist is crucial for a proper diagnosis and receive treatment most appropriate specific.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Iban Clares Moreno
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Clares Moreno is a specialist in Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery with great reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle pathologies. Now part of the excellent medical box Traumadvance, standing in Unit Service Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology University Hospital Mutua de Terrassa. In addition, the doctor is a member of several associations in his field, as the Spanish Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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