With every mile you walk, you put 60 tons of stress on each foot, which can certainly lead to chronic heel pain. Before living another day with foot pain, see how expert podiatrist Tim Grace, DPM, of Family Foot Health Center in Puyallup, Washington, can help. Dr. Grace provides personalized heel pain treatment plans, so you can expect fast relief. Schedule your heel pain evaluation by clicking on the online scheduler or by calling the office directly.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Your heel bone is the largest bone in each of your feet. It’s also commonly the first bone to hit the ground and absorb impact with each step you take. If you feel pain in one or both of your heels, it could stem from:

  • Unsupportive shoes
  • Overuse or repetitive motions
  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Stone bruise
  • Achilles tendinitis

No matter what’s causing your heel pain, though, it’s important to find out the cause. Otherwise, your condition is probably going to worsen with each step you take.

When should I see a podiatrist for heel pain?

Ideally, you’d schedule an appointment with Dr. Grace at Family Foot Health Center as soon as your heel pain begins. But it’s especially important to have a thorough foot evaluation if you’re experiencing any of the following issues:

  • Heel pain that’s keeping you from work or daily activities
  • Heel pain that’s not improving or that’s getting worse
  • Discomfort and inflammation along your arch or into your ankle
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

To get to the root of what’s causing your heel pain, Dr. Grace performs a comprehensive evaluation. He may request X-ray or ultrasound images to help diagnose the cause of your heel pain, or to rule out possible issues. Once Dr. Grace better understands why you have heel pain, he designs your treatment plan.

What is the treatment for heel pain?

Treating heel pain depends on what’s causing it. Dr. Grace helps you select heel pain treatments to minimize pain and inflammation, and prevent it from coming back. In many cases, heel pain starts to improve quickly by combining several of the following solutions:

  • Physical therapy
  • Custom orthotics
  • Daily stretching exercises
  • Wearing open-back shoes
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Pain medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

If your heel pain stems from a bone spur or serious soft tissue damage, Dr. Grace might suggest surgery. Most heel pain procedures are minimally invasive to shorten your downtime and help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Book your heel pain evaluation at Family Foot Health Center today. Schedule your appointment online or over the phone.