Heel Neuromas

Two of the most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, but occasionally a diagnosis is not the end of the story.

Sometimes these conditions are complicated by a heel neuroma, which is the swelling of a nerve that runs through the heel due to injury.

This swollen calcaneal nerve – also called Baxter’s nerve – can be unbearably painful and can cause lasting nerve damage if left untreated.

So, call us at the first sign of heel pain, or if you have been treated for these other conditions but the pain has not gone away.

Neuroma Examination

To determine the cause of your heel pain, we will conduct a thorough examination of your feet including an in-office diagnostic ultrasound, digital X-rays, and sometimes a computerized 3D digital gait analysis.

We will examine the kind of shoes you typically wear and discuss your lifestyle and level of activity, which helps us determine the root cause of the problem and rule out any other potential conditions.

If you are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis or heel spurs, we will also check for a heel neuroma, which is done by pressing on the inside of the heel.

Heel Neuroma Treatments

The first line of treatment will address the plantar fasciitis or heel spurs that are causing the heel neuroma.

We might also recommend arch supports or orthotics to relieve the painful neuroma and allow the tissue to return to normal.

Other possible options, depending on the severity and level of pain, include corticosteroid injections, chemical neurolysis (via alcohol injection) and surgery, but only after we have exhausted all other treatment options.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment



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Accepted Insurance Providers

There may be providers, plans and coverage not included on this list. We will help you with navigating the options for coverage and costs. We also accept HSA, Flex accounts, Care Credit and prompt pay pricing for treatment at the clinic and surgical procedures. We do not accept Medicaid or CareSource plans at this time. Visit our New Patient page for more details.