Heel pain causes discomfort, swelling, or sensitivity that affects the heel (the biggest bone in your foot).
Everyone experiences some form of heel pain. Usually, it responds to conservative treatment and gets better within a few days. However, if you suffer from heel pain that doesn’t improve, it’s important to seek professional medical help.
Heel pain occurs for various reasons, including:
You may also experience heel pain due to a foot or ankle fracture.
Heel pain can affect people of all ages, but several factors may increase your risk, including:
If you wear shoes that don’t support or cushion your feet, you’re also more likely to develop heel pain.
At Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. DeCarbo diagnoses heel pain during a visit in the office.
First, Dr. DeCarbo reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, when it first started, and if you’ve tried changing shoes. Next, he will ask you to take off your shoes and socks before examining your heels. Dr. DeCarbo gently presses on them to pinpoint areas of sensitivity or swelling.
If Dr. DeCarbo suspects an underlying issue (like a fracture or a bone spur), he may order X-rays. X-rays are a type of diagnostic imaging that captures detailed photos of your bones and joints.
At Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center, Dr. DeCarbo treats heel pain with conservative, noninvasive measures when possible. Depending on your age and health history, he may recommend:
If your heel pain doesn’t improve or becomes worse, Dr. DeCarbo may recommend surgery (but only as a last resort).
The length of time that it takes for your heel pain to improve depends on several factors, including the underlying problem and your commitment to Dr. DeCarbo’s treatment plan.
Most people experience some relief within the first few weeks of treatment, but it may take longer for others. It’s important to follow Dr. DeCarbo’s instructions carefully, and make sure to attend each follow-up visit.
To make an appointment for heel pain treatment, call the Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center in Wexford, Pennsylvania, or book online today.