Heel Pain

Podiatrists & Wound Care Specialists located in North Little Rock, AR

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Heel Pain services offered in North Little Rock, AR

Most people experience heel pain occasionally, but if your symptoms last for more than a week or keep you from activities you love, seek treatment. At Crestwood Podiatry and Wound Care Clinic in Little Rock, Arkansas, podiatrist and wound care specialist Edward Sharrer, DPM,  offers complete care for heel pain. After pinpointing the underlying cause, he can make recommendations to get you back on your feet. Make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain refers to discomfort or aching at the back of the foot just beneath your ankle. Often, heel pain occurs because of trauma or as a result of general wear-and-tear. It usually responds to at-home treatments like rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medication, but if your symptoms persist, it could point to a more serious underlying problem.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Bone tumor
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

You might also experience heel pain due to a sport or work-related injury.

Should I visit a podiatrist about heel pain?

Make an appointment at Crestwood Podiatry and Wound Care Clinic if you have heel pain  lasting for more than a week. Ignoring your symptoms or pushing through the discomfort may increase your risk of more serious problems. That’s especially true if the pain interferes with your ability to work, run errands, or exercise. 

How is heel pain diagnosed?

To diagnose heel pain, your Crestwood Podiatry and Wound Care Clinic provider reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, its severity, and if it’s worse during certain activities, like work or exercise.

Next, your provider examines your heel. They look for redness, swelling, or bruising and press on your heel and ankle to identify sensitive areas. They also have you stand up and walk around the room, observing your gait and posture.

Last, your provider orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI. These procedures can rule out underlying problems, like stress fractures, tumors, or dislocated joints.

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment of heel pain depends on various factors, including your age, the severity of your symptoms, and the underlying cause. Crestwood Podiatry and Wound Care Clinic might recommend:

  • Regenerative medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretches
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Custom orthotics
  • Supportive devices, like crutches or a cane
  • Pain relievers
  • Taping

Your provider might recommend surgery if your pain persists even with conservative treatments. Crestwood Podiatry and Wound Care Clinic perform traditional open surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

Make an appointment at Crestwood Podiatry and Wound Care Clinic today to receive treatment for heel pain. Call the office to speak with a staff member or click the online booking feature today.