Heel Pain

Heel pain may be due to many causes, such as: stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, systemic arthritis, neuritis (nerve irritation), skin pathology (callus, Porokeratosis), or bone tumors . Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome.  Because there are several potential causes of heel pain, it is important to seek medical attention to properly be diagnosed. A foot and ankle specialist is able to determine the cause of your heel pain.

Causes of heel pain:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuritis (nerve irritation)
  • Dermatitis (skin irritation)
  • Systemic arthritis
  • Equinus (tight calf muscle)
  • Bone tumor

Symptoms:

  • Heel pain in morning
  • Pain after activities or walking
  • Deep pain
  • Achy pain
  • Sharp pain
  • Shooting pain

Imaging:

Imaging modalities can include:

  • X-rays
  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • Bone scan

Conservative Treatment:

This all depends on the cause of the heel pain. A foot and ankle specialist will determine the cause of the heel pain. The treatment plan may include:

  • Stretching
  • Padding and strapping
  • Custom orthotics
  • Supportive shoe gear
  • Braces
  • Walking boots
  • Topical Creams
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications

Surgical Treatment

Surgical intervention is recommended if a patient has failed conservative treatment options.  The specific type of surgical intervention depends on clinical findings of your condition.

We encourage you to consult with a foot and ankle specialist for a complete assessment of your condition.

Dr. Jones Hormozi at Valley Foot & Ankle Center (VFAC) utilizes state-of-the-art technology, minimally invasive procedures, and advanced techniques to prevent and treat all conditions of the foot and ankle. This allows most patients to walk immediately after most procedures, and they are able to rapidly return to high levels of functioning with excellent outcomes.