Heel Pain

Tri-County Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Brighton, MI; Livonia, MI; Sterling Heights, MI; Troy, MI; Taylor, MI; and Trenton, MI

Heel pain has several causes, but it usually happens as a result of overuse. If you’ve been experiencing heel pain, don’t ignore it, or else it could turn into a chronic condition. Board-certified podiatrists Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, diagnose conditions that cause heel pain and treat them using custom-made orthotics. The doctors have six offices conveniently located in southeast Detroit, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan. To get an answer for what’s causing your heel pain and for help in managing it, book an appointment online or over the phone.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain usually occurs as the result of injuries or overuse and affects the bottom or back of your heel. Conditions that cause heel pain include:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bones to your toes. It’s common among distance runners and people who work on their feet.

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which connects your calf to your heel bone. Your Achilles tendon helps you lift your heel when you walk or run. The condition often affects runners and people who play sports only occasionally.

Heel spurs

A heel spur is a bony growth resulting from a buildup of calcium. It often accompanies plantar fasciitis.

Stress fracture

A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone that develops slowly from overuse or excess pressure.

Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna examines your foot to determine the exact cause of your heel pain.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, but the doctors make sure to pinpoint what’s causing your heel pain before determining a course of treatment. They locate the pain in your affected foot and ask specific questions about your pain, including whether it’s worse in the morning or after exercising.

This examination may be enough to confirm a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. If it does not, Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna may order an MRI or X-ray to look for stress fractures, heel spurs, and other sources of heel pain.

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment for heel pain depends on what’s causing it. To manage the pain of an inflammatory condition like plantar fasciitis, Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna may recommend pain medications and self-care such as rest and ice. This also helps to avoid placing further stress on your heel and worsening your inflammation.

An important part of managing heel pain is preventing it from returning. Preventive steps include:

  • Combining running with other forms of exercise to reduce pressure on your heel
  • Slowly increasing the intensity or length of your workouts
  • Wearing shoes designed for the activity you’re doing, including custom-made orthotics, shoe inserts that align and support your  

Don’t ignore heel pain. To get a diagnosis and treatment, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna online or over the phone.