Heel Pain Specialist

The Methodist Physician Group Specialists -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

The Methodist Physician Group Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Merrillville, IN

Heel pain is a common issue for adults of all ages, especially when you consider that your feet withstand 60 tons of stress for every mile you walk. Understand the cause of your heel pain and get treatment from the podiatrists at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists so you can walk comfortably again. Located in Merrillville, Indiana, you can schedule an appointment where it’s most convenient for you. To book a visit, call or use the online tool today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can be a consequence of your daily walking habits, footwear, exercise, or trauma to your foot or heel. If you’ve been experiencing heel pain for more than three days and it’s not getting better — or even getting worse — it may be due to:

  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Excessive pronation
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Stress fracture
  • A contusion or bone bruise

If your pain isn’t improving with a few days of rest or your pain keeps returning when you do your favorite activities — like running, wearing high heels, or playing sports — it’s best to be evaluated by the team for one of these conditions.

How can I prevent heel pain?

If you regularly experience heel pain, your physician performs a thorough podiatric exam to identify the cause of your pain. They can provide you with personalized strategies to prevent your heel pain from returning, including:

  • Wearing appropriate footwear
  • Wearing orthotics, insoles, or a heel lift in your shoes
  • Applying ice after activity
  • Specialized stretches for the soles of your feet and calves
  • Exercises to strengthen the soles and arches of your feet

In most cases, these conservative measures can reduce the severity of heel pain caused by soft tissue problems.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

Diagnosing heel pain involves a physical exam of your feet and in some cases X-rays. X-rays are used to identify stress fractures, heel spurs, and other bony changes that require specialized care. Most soft tissue-related problems can be diagnosed through a physical exam and consultation, though complex cases may require an MRI to confirm your diagnosis.

How is heel pain treated?

Conservative treatments for heel pain can be used to reduce the severity of pain and discomfort, though if you have a more complex case, the team may recommend one of the following treatment options:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Prescription pain medications
  • Injections
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing or casting
  • Surgery

The team uses a mix of conservative and interventional strategies as appropriate when approaching heel pain. By integrating therapies, you can get the most benefit through the least invasive methods possible.

Find out what’s causing your heel pain and get relief from the team at The Methodist Physician Group Specialists. Just call or click to schedule your visit now.