Heel Pain Specialist

Sarasota Foot Care Center

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Sarasota, FL

Every year, heel pain affects more than two million Americans. Though common, without prompt diagnosis and treatment, heel pain can keep you from exercise, playing with the kids, or walking the dog. At Sarasota Foot Care Center, with two convenient locations in Sarasota, Florida, the team takes a holistic approach to treating heel pain, focusing on biomechanics. To schedule an appointment today, call the office in Sarasota North or Gulf Gate Sarasota, or book a consultation online.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain is a common foot-related problem characterized by swelling, sensitivity, or general discomfort that affects the bottom back of the foot. The heel is the largest bone in your foot, and although it’s incredibly tough, it’s not invincible to wear-and-tear. 

For some people, heel pain causes mild discomfort. For others, it triggers pain so severe that it results in disability. If heel pain prevents you from going to work or participating in activities you love, don’t wait to seek professional medical help.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain occurs for a variety of reasons. At Sarasota Foot Care Center, the team regularly diagnose and treat heel pain caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sports injuries
  • Fractures
  • Tendinitis
  • Heel spur
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Osteochondroses

You might also experience heel pain due to your foot’s unique structure or your biomechanics while walking or running. 

How is heel pain diagnosed?

To diagnose heel pain, your podiatrist at Sarasota Foot Care Center reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducts a physical exam. 

They gently press on your heel to pinpoint areas of redness, warmth, or swelling. You also perform a series of easy strength and range-of-motion exercises and may undergo a gait analysis.

If these measures don’t provide adequate information, your provider might order diagnostic imaging like ultrasound, digital X-ray, or MRI. These tools take detailed pictures of your bones, joints, and soft tissues.

How is heel pain treated?

At Sarasota Foot Care Center, the team treats heel pain using a holistic approach. They not only want to heal the underlying acute issue but protect you and increase the function of your foot for years to come.

Mild or moderate heel pain usually responds to conservative at-home treatments like ice, rest, and elevation. You might also benefit from wearing more comfortable shoes, taking over-the-counter painkillers, or wearing a night splint.

If you have a severe case of heel pain, your podiatrist might recommend:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Shockwave therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Physical therapy

In some cases, surgical intervention is needed.

Is there any way to prevent heel pain?

There’s no way to prevent heel pain entirely, but there are steps you can take to significantly lower your risk. The team at Sarasota Foot Care Center recommends:

  • Wearing comfortable, supportive shoes
  • Stretching before exercise
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Pacing yourself during physical activity

You should also listen to your body. If your heels ache or you have sore muscles, rest and recuperate. 

To explore your treatment options for heel pain, schedule an appointment at Sarasota Foot Care Center today. Call or book a consultation online.