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Heel Pain

David F. Corcoran, DPM -  - Podiatrist

Acclaim Foot and Ankle Center

David F. Corcoran, DPM

Podiatrist located in Phoenix, AZ & Scottsdale, AZ

The American Podiatric Medical Association reports that about 77 percent of Americans suffer from foot pain, but many people don’t seek treatment. Heel pain can interrupt your ability to walk, play sports, or even stand up. To have your symptoms assessed by a specialist, visit Acclaim Foot & Ankle Center at its locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona. Dr. David F. Corcoran, DPM, helps patients recover from heel pain and other podiatric problems with attentive, comprehensive care. To book a consultation, call today or schedule an appointment online.

Heel Pain Q & A

What are the symptoms of heel pain?

Symptoms of heel pain vary, depending on the cause, but many patients complain of symptoms such as:

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel
  • Pain that gets worse upon standing first thing in the morning or after sitting
  • Arch pain
  • Increased discomfort over time
  • Swelling, inflammation, or skin changes on the feet

People with heel pain might also suffer from other types of podiatric problems, especially if they have an underlying condition like diabetes. This may include infections, sores, numbness, tingling, or swelling in the feet.

What causes heel pain?

A common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects the plantar ligament in the bottom of your foot, which extends from the heel to the toes. This condition causes extreme pain in the heel, which can make it difficult to even walk.

In addition to plantar fasciitis, some common causes of heel pain include:

  • Stress fractures
  • Heel spurs
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve problems

Heel pain can also result from stone bruises, which happen when you step on a small, hard object like a rock.

How is heel pain treated?

The first step in treating heel pain is determining the cause. Dr. Corcoran may suggest an X-ray or some other type of diagnostic test to start. Treatment varies for each individual, but most heel injuries or conditions require rest, which allows the heel to recover and reduces inflammation and pain.

Other areas of your treatment plan may include:

  • Topical anti-inflammatory creams or ointments
  • Injections to reduce swelling and pain
  • Orthotics to support your foot while walking

In patients who don’t respond well to these treatments, Dr. Corcoran can also offer Topaz endoscopic surgery, which uses a radiofrequency ablation instrument to help cause micro tears and trauma in the affected heel. This process trigger’s the body’s own healing response and directs blood flow back into the heel.

If you’d like to have your heel pain assessed by Dr. Corcoran and discuss a treatment plan, contact the office today. You can call or schedule your initial consultation online, using the one-click booking system.