Heel Pain

Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois

Podiatrists and Laser Center located in Springfield, Decatur, Carlinville, Shelbyville, Sullivan & Taylorville, IL

When your heel pain isn’t getting better with home care, it’s time to schedule a diagnostic evaluation with the experts at the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois. MOST PATIENTS GET IMMEDIATE PAIN RELIEF AND FAST RETURN TO ACTIVITY. Whether you need recommendations for orthotics or MLS Laser therapy, the team customizes your treatment to relieve pain and improve your long-term mobility. Schedule a consultation today at the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois online or by calling the office nearest you in Springfield, Decatur, Taylorville, Carlinville, Shelbyville, and Sullivan, Illinois.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

One of the most common causes of heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This condition develops when the connective tissue called the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. This tissue stretches from the base of your toes through the arch of your foot and connects to your heel bone.

You develop pain relating to plantar fasciitis most often due to the persistent rolling inward of your foot when you walk. This movement puts additional pressure on the plantar fascia, which can eventually lead to chronic irritation and inflammation.

The pain of plantar fasciitis feels like a stabbing pain in the heel of your foot. If you have heel pain that doesn’t resolve with rest and home care, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois as soon as possible.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

During your diagnostic evaluation for heel pain, your Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois specialist reviews your medical history and your usual activities. They also perform a manual exam of your affected foot, checking for areas of swelling and tenderness.

In some cases, you may need an X-ray to rule out other causes of pain, such as a fracture or a bone spur.
Once they confirm plantar fasciitis is the cause of your heel pain, the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois podiatry team customizes your care plan to alleviate pain and prevent a worsening of your condition.

How is heel pain treated?

In the initial stages of treating plantar fasciitis, your Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois provider may recommend conservative treatments to improve your comfort and mobility. Conservative treatments for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Ice therapy
  • Stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines

Your provider may also recommend the use of orthotic devices that fit into your shoe to relieve pressure that triggers plantar fasciitis pain.

When these treatments aren’t enough to treat persistent heel pain, the Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois staff offers a treatment known as extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT). This noninvasive treatment delivers shock waves of energy into your heel to improve bone density and stimulate new tissue growth to help you heal from the inside out.

Your Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois provider can monitor your condition and recommend other lifestyle modifications to prevent new heel pain from developing, such as maintaining a healthy weight and staying physically active.

If you have chronic heel pain, schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Foot & Ankle Center of Illinois today by calling the office nearest you or by requesting an appointment online now.