Heel Pain

Family Foot and Ankle Clinic, LLC

Podiatrists located in Weston, Merrill, Marathon, Antigo, & Woodruff, WI

When it comes to your feet, heel pain can be one of the most difficult conditions to deal with because of the simple fact that it’s hard to avoid. Every step you take causes pain and potentially exacerbates the problem, which is why a visit to Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC is always a good idea. Dr. Joel Tikalsky has extensive experience helping his patients in Weston, Wisconsin, get to the bottom of, and treat, heel pain, allowing them to walk without wincing again. To find out more, please call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.

Heel Pain Q & A

What constitutes the heel?

While the answer to this may seem obvious, your heel contains several components that, when compromised, can cause considerable pain.

At the core of your heel is your calcaneus, or heel bone, which is the largest bone in your foot. Your calcaneus is attached to your talus, which joins your lower leg to your feet in your ankle joint.

Another key component of your heel is your plantar fascia, which is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes, providing support for your feet.

Rounding out the cast of players is your Achilles tendon, which attaches your heel to your calf muscle and is cushioned by a small sac called a bursa.

What causes heel pain?

Given the different components in your heel, pain can strike any one of them, not only causing you discomfort, but limiting your mobility as well. The most common causes of heel pain are:

Plantar fasciitis

Your plantar fascia is a band of strong connective tissue that runs from your heel bone to your toes. If you develop tiny tears in this tissue, you may be left with inflammation that can cause extreme heel pain, especially in the mornings when you first get out of bed (or after you get up from sitting for a long period).

Heel spurs

These calcium deposits form on the underside of your heel bone, so it’s easy to see why a heel spur can be problematic. Heel spurs often develop as a result of persistent plantar fasciitis.

Achilles tendon

Another problem that can cause heel pain is when there’s an inflammation in your Achilles tendon where it connects to your heel bone. This issue often involves an inflammation of the bursa and leads to pain in the back of your heel.

Flat feet

This aptly named condition is when your feet don’t have arches along the inside, which causes your entire foot to rest flat on the ground. This structural condition is generally harmless, but it can lead to heel pain.

How is heel pain treated?

Once Dr. Tikalsky diagnoses the source of your heel pain, he comes up with a treatment plan that gets you up and moving, without pain, as quickly as possible. The treatment plan may include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Exercises and stretching
  • Surgical repair

If you’re limping because of heel pain, call Family Foot & Ankle Clinic LLC, or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.