Heel Pain Specialist

Newtown Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatry located in Newtown, PA & Bristol, PA

Heel pain isn’t just uncomfortable, it can lead to stabbing pains with every step you take. Before living with heel pain another day, visit one of our board-certified podiatrists at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists. With offices conveniently located in Newtown and Bristol, Pennsylvania, you have an office nearby to get the treatment you need. Schedule your heel pain evaluation via the online scheduling feature or by calling the closest location.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Your heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in your feet. Not only does it bear the brunt of your body weight, but it also connects to dozens of surrounding bones and connective tissues. Having heel pain can stem from a number of injuries or conditions.

You may have heel pain due to:

  • Heel spurs
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritis or bursitis
  • Excessive pronation
  • Sever’s disease (calcaneal apophysitis)

Sometimes, heel pain develops gradually due to a genetic deformity. Having a misshapen or enlarged heel bone, a condition known as Haglund’s deformity, can also lead to heel pain along the back of the heel.

When should I see a doctor for heel pain?

The team at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists wants to see you as soon as your heel pain begins, just so they can intervene and work to treat it. Whether your heel pain suddenly occurred after an injury or has been going on for some time, it’s important to schedule an evaluation if your heel pain is:

  • Not improving or getting worse
  • Associated with redness, swelling, or inflammation
  • Keeping you from work or enjoyable activities

The more you continue to walk on an injured heel, the worse your condition may become, so it’s important to have an evaluation and start your treatment plan right away.

How is heel pain treated?

Treating heel pain depends on what’s causing it. After getting updated digital X-ray images (if needed), physically evaluating your foot, and watching you walk, your dedicated podiatrist at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists can design your treatment plan. This often starts with conservative solutions such as:

  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Taping or strapping

If you’re not getting any better, or if your heel pain is worsening, your podiatrist might speak with you about the surgical route. Heel pain surgery, which is tailored to your specific condition, can include removing inflamed tissue or repairing damaged bones or soft tissues as needed. Once you’re under the care of the expert podiatry team at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists, you can feel confident that you’re going to get lasting relief from heel pain.

See how the team at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists can help relieve your heel pain by scheduling an exam. Book online or over the phone for an appointment at your closest location.