A patient walks into the exam room. “Doc, I’m sure I have a heel spur. What can you do for me?”
“Oh, you do?” we say. “So you’ve already gotten a diagnosis from another doctor?”
“No, but my heel hurts! And my grandmother had a heel spur last year, so I’m sure that’s what I have. I did all the same stretches she did, but nothing seemed to work!”
Okay, we’re exaggerating a little bit for humorous effect here. But it’s actually fairly common for patients to come into our office so sure that they have one problem (probably after getting a misdiagnosis from Dr. Google) … only to discover, after our examination, that their real issue is totally different!
In fact, there’s even a decent chance that our hypothetical patient at the beginning of this blog actually does have a heel spur … but it’s not even the actual cause of the pain!
Now, you might not think it matters so much what the specific diagnosis might be. “My heel hurts! What more do you need to know!?”
But in truth, the specific nature of your injury matters a great deal—at least if you care about getting it fixed in a timely fashion!
Your Free Guide to Understanding Heel Pain
Want even more in-depth information about the many causes of heel pain, how to identify them, and what you can do about them? Download a copy of our free heel pain guide today! It’s a quick read, and the knowledge it contains can help prepare you to make the best possible decisions about your health care.
Let Us Help You Solve Your Heel Pain
Although a little bit of research and education (and, sure, Googling) can help you narrow down your list of likely culprits, there’s no substitute for a professional evaluation.
You are probably going to need some expert insight—and quite possibly a diagnostic test or two—to fully confirm the condition. And that can make a big difference if you want your treatment plan to be effective.
You also don’t want to wait too long to act, either—since many forms of heel pain will not always heal on their own and may become more severe or chronic if you don’t take corrective action soon enough.
So if your heels are hurting, give us a call. We’ll help you get to the bottom of what’s troubling you, and with advanced non-surgical techniques like MLS laser therapy, and others, no one around is better equipped to help you heal quickly.
To schedule an appointment with the Lakes Foot and Ankle Associates in Commerce Township, give us a call today at (248) 360-3888.