Let Us Heal Your Heel Pain!


 Do you have heel pain? Is the pain worst in the morning when you first get out of bed and then subsides somewhat as you walk around? Or does it build up as your day progresses?

In most cases, heel pain is not caused by an injury like a fall or twist, but instead from repeated stress and the pounding your heel takes with each step. Heel pain is a common problem, and we see many patients who complain of symptoms such as pain under the heel or just behind it. Without the right treatment, heel pain may become chronic.

Common Causes of Heel Pain

  • If your pain is under the heel, you most likely have plantar fasciitis or inflammation of the plantar fascia that runs under your foot. When this tissue is stretched too far or subjected to repetitive stress especially with flat soles, its soft tissue becomes inflamed.

  • Achilles tendonitis causes pain behind the heel. This tendon is the largest in the body and connects the heel bone to the calf muscle. Repetitive stress or strain from sports and working out can damage the tendon.

  • The bursa sac at the back of the heel may become inflamed and result in heel bursitis. Pressure from footwear can be the problem or landing awkwardly on the foot.

  • Heel pad inflammation, caused by the natural thinning of the heel pad or pounding stress, may result in heel pain.

  • Repetitive stress in exercise, heavy work or sports can cause a painful stress fracture in any of the bones of the foot.

  • A child or teen may suffer from Severs disease which causes pain in the heel’s growth plates. Once the child grows into the growth plates, the pain will disappear.

Our Heel Pain Strategy: Try Conservative Methods First

Here at our PodiatryCare, PC and the Heel Pain Center, we first tackle heel pain with non-invasive treatments:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication

  • Plantar fascia exercise

  • Cortisone injections

  • Custom-fitted orthotics

Another treatment that we are happy to provide for our patients is shockwave therapy to relieve heel and foot pain. This method uses intense pulses of sound waves to break up scar tissue and deliver increased blood flow to the area of injury. With just a few painless shockwave procedures, many patients experience relief from their symptoms.

If these conservative methods have no effect on your heel pain, we will discuss surgical options.

Let Us Relieve Your Heel Pain!

The foot specialists at PodiatryCare, PC and the Heel Pain Center have extensive experience in treating all aspects of foot problems. Our team of doctors which consists of Dr. Robert Marra, Dr. Thomas Johnson, Dr. Kristen Winters, Dr. Laura Vander Poel, and Dr. Ryan Donegan is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. Many treatments and surgeries can be handled right in our offices. Please call us at (860) 741-3041 to make an appointment in one of our offices conveniently located in Enfield, Windsor and South Windsor, CT.