Heel pain is common, but it can feel crippling in some cases. At Associated Foot Specialists in Holden and Hudson, Massachusetts, exceptional podiatrists Anthony Tickner, DPM, and Steven Quan, DPM, find the root cause of heel pain and treat it to restore your mobility and quality of life. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool today.
Heel pain occurs in the back part of your foot, right below your ankle. The pain might appear for a variety of reasons, making it difficult for you to stay active and complete simple, everyday tasks. Heel pain could present as:
The Associated Foot Specialists team finds out what’s causing the discomfort and helps relieve your symptoms.
The cause of heel pain isn’t always clear, but common risk factors include:
The cause of heel pain determines which podiatry treatment is the most effective for your condition.
Your foot specialist finds the cause of heel pain by checking your vital signs, examining your feet and ankles, and reviewing your medical history and symptoms with you. They may suggest you undergo X-rays, blood tests, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.
The following treatments may help ease heel pain:
Things you can do at home for heel pain relief include maintaining healthy body weight, icing painful areas, and wearing comfortable shoes, custom-fitted orthotics, or night splints.
Injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells, or other substances into painful or inflamed tissues can stimulate healing and reduce heel discomfort.
Taking medications may alleviate pain and inflammation, as well as treat the underlying cause of heel pain.
Physical therapy, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, and ultrasonic tissue repair are additional noninvasive heel pain treatments.
If you have severe heel pain and other treatments haven’t worked to relieve the discomfort, your Associated Foot Specialists may suggest surgery to repair, remove, or replace tissues and give you long-lasting heel pain relief.
To find the root cause of heel pain and eliminate it, call the Associated Foot Specialists office, or schedule an appointment online today.