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By Dr. Bruce Theall
February 04, 2013
Category: Heel Pain


Have you ever taken your first step out of bed and all of the sudden experienced a sharp pain or discomfort in your foot? Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems that Americans experience. Usually the pain occurs under the heel or just behind it. This pain can be severe and disabling. So you may be asking, how did this happen to me?

Of all 26 bones in the human foot, the heel bone is the largest. Your heel is designed to provide support for the weight of your body. It absorbs the impact of your foot while walking or running, and springs us forward to our next stride. Did you know that the stress placed on a foot while walking could be up to 1.25 times your body weight? It can get up to 2.75 times while running! As you can tell, your heel is very vulnerable to damage and pain.

Heel pain isn’t always caused by a single injury; it’s usually the result of repetitive stress. There are many causes of heel pain. Here’s just a few:

  • Plantar fasciitis - this is an inflammation of the plantar fascia. The ligament runs from your heel bone to the tip of the foot. When it’s stretched too far, it becomes inflamed. 
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome - a large nerve in the back of the foot becomes pinched or compressed. This type of neuropathy can occur either in your ankle or your foot.
  • Achilles tendonitis - this chronic condition is associated with the Achilles tendon. The microscopic tears cannot heal or repair themselves, which causes improper function. Eventually the tendon weakens, thickens and causes pain.

If you’ve experienced any kind of heel pain, call Gentle Touch Foot Care at (973) 673-FOOT, or visit our website. Drs. Theall and Sammy are always ready to help! Remember, you don’t have to live with heel pain. Take the right step forward, and schedule an appointment today!


Former Eurythmics star Annie Lennox has recently canceled a performance at a United Nations event in Switzerland due to a foot injury.  Lennox was scheduled to make an appearance at the Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony in Geneva, but opted not to go because of an issue with her foot that has left her in a great amount of pain.  

Lennox said on Facebook that “Sometimes I get searing electrical shocks flashing through the nerve endings.  It’s the kind of pain that makes you stop in your tracks.”  The singer says she is resting up and plans to return to work soon.  If you have pain like Lennox and think that it may be due to a nerve disorder, you should seek out the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Bruce Theall & Dr. Sammy of Gentle Touch Foot Care.  Dr. Theall can diagnose your injury or condition and provide you with appropriate treatment options.

Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle

There are two nerve disorders of the foot and ankle called Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. These conditions affect the hands as well, and are caused by stress and genetics. People who suffer from Interdigital Neuroma and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome are prone to serious pain and inflammation in the area.

Pain that is associated with Interdigital Neuroma is often from local inflammation in the nerves in the front of the foot. Symptoms include pain, burning, and/or tingling sensations of the toes.

There are several steps a doctor will take to determine if one has Neuroma such as: radiographs, MRIs, and bone scans. Surgery is not required in many instances, and should only be considered when the patient is suffering from persistent pain.

If you have any questions, please visit our video library or contact our office located in East Orange, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

Read  More About Nerve Disorders of the Foot and Ankle.