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Heel Pain Specialist

Foot Healers

Podiatrists located in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, & Webster, MO

Heel pain can come from a number of underlying issues with the bone and soft tissues in the back of your foot. If you’re looking for effective relief of your heel pain, book an appointment with the foot and ankle specialists at Foot Healers. Located in Brentwood, Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, St. Peters, and Shrewsbury, Missouri, the team can determine the underlying cause of your heel pain and the most effective solution. To find out which treatment is right for you, book an appointment by phone or online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain ranges from mild to severe and can have a major impact on your mobility and daily routine. A number of underlying issues can result in heel pain. They include:

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Deformities
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Contusions

In many cases, heel pain is caused by plantar fasciitis — inflammation of the connective tissues in the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis occurs when these tissues stretch beyond their normal limits, perhaps to the point of tearing. 

Plantar fasciitis is common among runners and athletes who perform a lot of jumping motions. 

Heel pain can also be caused by excessive pronation. Excessive pronation refers to an abnormal walking pattern that occurs when your foot moves excessively inward as you walk. 

If you experience heel pain, the specialists at Foot Healers can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and the right treatment for your condition. 

How is heel pain diagnosed?

Because heel pain has many causes, an accurate diagnosis is key to effectively relieving your symptoms. Before recommending treatment, your podiatrist performs a thorough physical exam to check for signs of redness, inflammation, and other abnormalities. 

Your doctor may also perform an X-ray to check for issues like arthritis and rule out problems with your bones. Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor works with you to determine the most effective treatment. 

How is heel pain treated?

Treating your heel pain depends on the severity of your symptoms as well as the underlying cause. In most cases, your podiatrist can relieve your heel pain with conservative treatment. Depending on your condition, conservative treatment may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Orthotics
  • Injections
  • Taping or strapping
  • Stretching exercises
  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)

In rare cases, your heel pain may require surgery for effective relief. Foot Healers offers a number of procedures to treat heel pain. 

Depending on the cause of your symptoms, your procedure may involve releasing the plantar fascia from the heel bone, removing a heel spur, or removing a neuroma or other soft tissue growth. 

The foot health experts at Foot Healers can help you find the right treatment so you don’t have to live with heel pain. To speak to a podiatrist about your treatment options, call or book an appointment online today.