Heel Pain

Heel Pain services offered in Greenwood, IN

Many people experience heel pain occasionally, but if your symptoms last for more than a few days, it’s vital to seek treatment. At Greenwood Foot Clinic, board-certified podiatrist and foot surgeon Mark Lazar, DPM, and his team provide minimally invasive treatments for heel pain. To make an appointment, call our office or request an appointment online today.

Heel Pain Q&A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain is discomfort that occurs at the back of your foot. Often, it’s due to general wear-and-tear, but if your symptoms persist or worsen, it may point to a more serious underlying condition. 

In most cases, heel pain responds to conservative care, like ice, rest, and elevation. If your symptoms keep you from work or exercise, contact Greenwood Foot Clinic immediately.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Osteochondroses (a disorder that affects bone growth in children and teens)

You might also experience heel pain due to foot and ankle arthritis. 

When should I seek treatment for heel pain?

Make an appointment with the team at Greenwood Foot Clinic if you experience foot pain and it doesn’t improve in a few weeks. You might also make an appointment if you have swelling, bruising, or sensitivity that makes it difficult to stand up or place weight on your affected foot.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

At Greenwood Foot Clinic, the team diagnoses heel pain during an in-office visit.

Your provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including when they started, what the pain feels like, and if it's worse at certain times of the day, like after you wake up in the morning. 

Next, your provider examines your foot and heel. They look for redness, bruising, or swelling, and gently press on your heel to pinpoint the source of the pain. If necessary, they might also order X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and soft tissues in your feet.

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment of heel pain depends on several factors, including the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and their effect on your daily life. The team at Greenwood Foot Clinic might recommend:

  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Applying ice to the heel several times a day
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication
  • Wearing shoes that fit well
  • Wearing a night splint
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Using a cane or a walker

If your heel pain doesn’t respond to conservative treatments, the team might recommend surgery. The providers on staff perform traditional open surgery as well as minimally invasive surgery.

To explore the treatment options for chronic heel pain, make an appointment by calling Greenwood Foot Clinic or requesting an appointment online today.

Greenwood Foot Clinic
720 Fry Rd, Ste A, Greenwood, IN 46142