Heel Pain

Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle

Raymon Hanna, DPM

Podiatrist & Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Palm Harbor, FL

Each of your feet absorbs about 60 tons of stress for every mile you walk, so it’s no surprise that heel pain is one of the most common foot problems. Podiatrist and sports injury specialist Raymon Hanna, DPM, MD, AACFAS, diagnoses and treats all types of heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, at Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle in Palm Harbor, Florida. If you suffer from heel pain, call or book an appointment online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain is a common problem that involves discomfort along the bottom or back of your heel. Although heel pain is rarely serious, it can cause difficulty walking, running, and performing your favorite activities.

Most of the time, heel pain doesn’t get better on its own. If you experience pain beneath or behind your heel, it’s important to call Dr. Hanna at Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle right away.

As a highly trained podiatrist who specializes in sports injuries, Dr. Hanna provides an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment for your condition.

What causes heel pain?

Dr. Hanna treats many conditions and injuries that cause heel pain. The most common causes of heel pain include:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of stabbing pain at the bottom of your heel. This condition occurs when the band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes (plantar fascia) becomes irritated and inflamed.

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis is typically most severe with your first few steps in the morning, or after long periods of rest. Pain may subside as the plantar fascia stretches and warms up with exercise.

Achilles tendonitis

This injury affects the Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscles to the back of your heel. Achilles tendonitis is especially common among runners and may cause a red, swollen, and tender bump behind your heel. Achilles tendonitis pain usually flares up when you begin exercising after a period of rest.

How is heel pain diagnosed and treated?

To diagnose the cause of your heel pain, Dr. Hanna begins by asking about your symptoms and medical history. He asks you to describe exactly where the pain occurs and when it started. He may also take diagnostic imaging tests, like an in-office X-ray or ultrasound.

After he diagnoses your condition, Dr. Hanna recommends the best course of treatment. Depending on the type and severity of your problem, treatment may include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Orthotic devices
  • Therapeutic injections

Dr. Hanna uses platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections to treat heel pain that doesn’t resolve with conservative methods. PRP comes from your own blood and contains growth factors that promote healing.

He may use an imaging technique, like ultrasound or fluoroscopy (a type of X-ray) to guide PRP injections to the precise location of tissue damage.

For high-quality treatment of all types of heel pain, call Alpha Omega Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.