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Rearfoot Surgery: When All Else Fails

SurgeryRearfoot surgery, like many other types of surgical intervention, is saved as a last resort to end ongoing pain. Conservative measures are always the first line of defense in the battle for healthy feet. However, a patient’s quality of life is a top priority. If pain in the back of your foot has taken its toll, there is relief available. The rearfoot surgery experts at Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists will assess your need and determine the best procedure to end your chronic pain.

Healing at the Source

Pain in the heels can stem from a variety of sources, so your diagnosis will determine the type of surgery that is needed. These conditions sometimes require invasive measures:

  • Haglund’s Deformity: You don’t have to wear pumps to be affected by this heel condition also called “pump bump.” The growth that appears on the backside of the heel can be extremely painful as it rubs against your shoes. Pain in the heel is also typical. While a change of shoes and heel pads are effective measures for some people, others require surgery to eliminate the growth. This is done by shaping the heel bone.
  • Heel Spurs: Another type of growth on the heel bone, heel spurs are typically associated with plantar fasciitis. Spurs are not always painful, and surgery may not be recommended. However, if they do become painful, the growths can be removed.
  • Insertional Achilles Spurs: The Achilles tendon is the largest in the body and extremely important to mobility. When the tendon becomes irritated at the point where it connects to the bone in the heel, it is called insertional Achilles tendinitis. The parts of the tendon that are affected can become hard and create bone spurs, which may need to be surgically removed.
  • Plantar Fasciitis: The plantar fascia runs along the sole of the foot. Once inflamed, it can create daily pain that is often worse in the morning. If ignored, the discomfort can become chronic and require surgery to release this tissue band.

After the Fact: Healing at Home

After-care is a critical part of healing from rearfoot surgery. You will be given specific instructions for the days and weeks following your procedure. Please follow them carefully to ensure proper healing. While you may feel that you can go at a faster pace, it is always best to proceed with caution. Doing too much too soon will likely delay your progress. If you have questions about your care after surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re here to serve you!

Don’t Hold Back, Find Help Today

Chronic heel pain affects each day from start to finish, but you can make a change. If you’ve opted out of your favorite activities due to discomfort, it’s time to find relief. Surgery is serious business. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS offer excellence in podiatry and surgical experience you can count on. Call Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today to schedule an appointment. Dial (512) 328-8900, or request an appointment online.

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