Heel Pain

Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic

Mikol Anderson, DPM

Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Salt Lake City, UT

Heel pain is a common problem in lower extremities for many Americans, and unfortunately, it often goes untreated. If you seek heel pain help early, you can often get fast relief through conservative treatment. Early treatment also helps you prevent serious long-term consequences. At Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, experienced podiatrist Mikol Anderson, DPM, diagnoses your heel pain and then prescribes the treatment you need for immediate pain relief and long-term wellness. Call the office or book an appointment with the online scheduler.

Heel Pain Q & A

When do I need treatment for heel pain?

Heel pain isn't normal. It's a sign of an issue somewhere within the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons that make up the back of your foot — and it requires prompt attention. 

Heel pain can be constant or sporadic, and it may start with no clear triggering event. It’s always best to learn the underlying issue and get help now, rather than risking long-term damage. 

What causes heel pain?

The most common causes include:

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the plantar fascia, the thick, fibrous tissue that covers the inner foot soles. This condition develops because of stress, which can come from excessive exercise, extra weight, or other sources.  

Plantar fasciitis typically causes sharp, sudden heel pain on the bottom of your foot. Usually, the pain peaks with your first steps each day. It lessens with activity and then returns after a long period of rest. Plantar fasciitis is overwhelmingly the most common reason for heel pain in adults.

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is severe tendon inflammation in the Achilles tendon. The tendon is very durable, but athletes may develop this condition because of overuse such as running increased distances or exercising for greater periods of time. 

Achilles tendinitis causes serious pain in the back of the heel, and it’s usually worse after exercise.

Sever's disease

Sever's disease is the most common reason for heel pain in young people. It often happens in boys age 10-12 and girls age 8-10, and may also occur in teenagers. 

Sever's disease is most common in physically active young people. It happens because the heel bone finishes growing before the Achilles tendon does. This creates tension and pain that is usually aggravated by physical activity. 

There are also other reasons for heel pain, including bone fractures, bursitis, and heel spurs. All heel pain, regardless of cause, needs medical attention. 

How do you treat heel pain?

Dr. Anderson conducts a gentle exam and may use the on-site digital X-rays and ultrasound to find underlying damage. Then, he prescribes a pain relief and recovery plan.

Most cases of heel pain respond to conservative care very well. Dr. Anderson may prescribe:

  • Rest
  • Ice application
  • Oral medication
  • Physical therapy 
  • Different shoes
  • Splint or brace
  • Custom orthotics
  • Corticosteroid injections

Dr. Anderson takes the nonsurgical approach wherever possible to ensure that you feel better and heal fully with as little life disruption as possible. 

Call Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic or book an appointment through the online scheduling tool.