Treatment Options For Heel Pain

Heel pain can be quite detrimental to your life, possibly impairing your ability to walk and get from one place to another. Here at Southwest Podiatry in Wytheville, Dublin, Galax, and Marion, VA, our podiatrists treat heel pain often. Dr. Ted Johnson, Dr. Janet Bechtel, and Dr. Heather Pearman will find the root cause of your heel pain and fix it so that you no longer need to stay away from the activities you love. An accurate diagnosis is the crucial first step in treatment.

What are some causes of heel pain?

Common conditions that may lead to heel pain are:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Trauma to the foot and/or ankle
  • Bone spurs
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis

There are also several causes of heel pain that are not as common. Examples are:

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome: There is a ‘tunnel’ in your ankle which encases nerves leading to the foot which can become pinched, leading to heel pain. This condition is akin to the more well-known carpal tunnel syndrome of the hands.
  • Sever’s disease: This condition seen in children and teenagers results from the heel cone growing faster than the ligaments of the leg. The ligaments become stressed and overworked because of this.
  • Stress fractures
  • Heel pad bruise
  • Haglund’s syndrome: This occurs when a bony prominence develops on the back of the heel, usually in response to wearing shoes that don’t fit well. This diagnosis is referred to as ‘pump bump.’
  • Osteomyelitis: Inflammation or infection of the heel bone

Obtaining an accurate diagnosis is key to treating your heel pain. Any treatment option requires an accurate diagnosis to be successful.

What are the treatment options for my heel pain?

There will be many options for treatment after the root cause of your heel pain is diagnosed. The best treatment strategy for heel pain may not be the same as for another person. Treatment will be unique to you.

Treatment options that may be suggested by your podiatrist in Wytheville, VA include:

  • Avoidance of aggravating activities in the short term
  • Rest
  • NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
  • Cortisone injections
  • Prescription pain killers
  • Custom orthotics
  • Changing footwear to more supportive shoes
  • Physical therapy can help to stretch and strengthen targeted muscles that support the heel. Modalities that relieve pain may also be used, such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation.
  • Surgery

Surgical intervention is generally a last resort treatment option when others have failed to adequately relieve pain. Surgical intervention will only be recommended as the first option of treatment when the injury or damage to your heel is severe and unlikely to heal using conservative measures.

Contact us

Treat your heel pain with a podiatrist in Wytheville, VA by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Johnson, Dr. Bechtel, or Dr. Pearman of Southwest Podiatry. Call one of our 4 offices for an appointment. You can reach our Wytheville office at (276) 228-2212, our Dublin office at (540) 674-2444, our Galax office at (276) 236-9663, or our Marion office at (276) 782-9545.