Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems, affecting millions of people worldwide. No one knows this better than expert podiatrist Aldo M. Gonzalez, DPM, who specializes in heel pain treatment at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida in Palm Beach Gardens. If you’ve tried various over-the-counter treatments but with little or no relief, it’s time to seek professional help. Request your consultation today by calling or using the online booking tool.
Heel pain is any type of pain that occurs under, behind, or on the sides of one or both of your heels. Heel pain is commonly caused by physical activities like playing sports or working out. It usually starts out mild and gets progressively worse over time.
In most cases, heel pain develops due to wear-and-tear. Some of the most common causes include:
Your plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. Over the years, small tears develop in the plantar fascia, and it becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis causes sharp, stabbing sensations in your heel that are most noticeable in the morning and after periods of rest. Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners and other active individuals.
Achilles tendinosis is a chronic degenerative condition that affects the structure and health of your Achilles tendon. Over time, microscopic tears develop in your Achilles tendon causing swelling, inflammation, and pain in your heel.
A bursa is a fibrous sac of fluid that helps lubricate your muscles and joints. If the bursa in your heels become inflamed, pain can develop toward the back of your heels. In some cases, heel bursitis also causes your Achilles tendon to swell.
A stress fracture is an overuse injury that commonly affects runners, athletes, and manual laborers. Anyone can develop a stress fracture, but they’re more common if you’re active or have osteoarthritis.
To diagnose heel pain, Dr. Gonzalez performs a thorough physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks about the symptoms you’re experiencing. Then he tests the muscles and reflexes in your legs and feet, looking for discoloration or skin changes. If necessary, Dr. Gonzalez may also order blood tests or X-rays.
Treatment for heel pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and the underlying cause. Following an exam, Dr. Gonzalez may recommend:
If conservative methods of treatment don’t provide adequate relief, Dr. Gonzalez may suggest physical therapy or surgical intervention.
Don’t let heel pain prevent you from living a mobile, active lifestyle. Call or use the online booking tool to request an appointment at Ankle and Foot Center of Florida today.