Heel Pain

What is Heel Pain?

Heel pain is a common foot condition often caused by overuse, injury, or mechanical issues, leading to discomfort in the bottom or back of the heel. While it can vary in severity, heel pain is typically most intense during the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition involving inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot and connecting the heel bone to the toes. Other causes include Achilles tendinitis, heel spurs, or more rarely, a stress fracture.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel.
  • Gradual onset of pain without injury, often described as a dull ache.
  • Pain that decreases after a few minutes of walking but might return after long periods of standing or when standing up after sitting.
  • Swelling or tenderness at the heel.
  • Pain that worsens when climbing stairs, after intense activity, or when standing on tiptoe.
  • Heat and redness in the affected area, although this is less common.

Heel Pain FAQ

Of the 26 bones in each of your feet, your heel bone is the largest. Since your heel is connected to dozens of muscles and connective tissues and always seems to bear the brunt of each step you take, many types of issues can lead to heel pain. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Bone bruises
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Improper footwear
  • Bursitis or arthritis

Because heel pain is highly likely to worsen and progress with each step you take, it’s important to have it evaluated and start treatment early.

Even though you should ideally visit with Dr. Hausman as your heel pain starts, it’s particularly important to schedule an evaluation if your heel pain starts lowering your quality of life. You should see a podiatrist for heel pain if you experience:

  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

Dr. Hausman may request digital X-ray or ultrasound imaging to help confirm what’s causing your heel pain. Once they diagnose you, they can work with you to find a course of treatment solutions that can provide relief.

Treating heel pain often involves a multifaceted approach to both relieve your symptoms and to help your affected tissues heal. Your heel pain treatment plan may include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Bracing, splinting, or wrapping

Depending on what’s causing your heel pain, you might need surgery. No matter how minor or how severe your heel pain may be, rest assured, Dr. Hausman works diligently to find an effective solution.

Before your heel pain worsens, get started on treatment today. Click on the online scheduler to book, or call the practice.