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Foot and Ankle Surgery & Podiatry located in Denver, CO

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Heel Pain services offered in Denver, CO

Although heel pain isn't usually a life-threatening concern, it isn’t something you should accept as a normal part of your life. At Foot Specialist Associates, in Denver, Colorado, Lauren Molchan, DPM, John McGarry, DPM, and the team can determine the underlying cause of your heel pain and your best options for effective relief. The team specializes in innovative and compassionate patient care. To schedule your visit, call the office or book online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

Why do I have heel pain?


Heel pain is a very common problem with a wide range of potential causes, including:


  • Joint inflammation (bursitis)
  • Heel spur
  • Arthritis
  • Haglund’s deformity
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fracture
  • Neuropathy
  • Plantar fasciitis


If you suffer from heel pain, you shouldn’t ignore your symptoms. While most cases of heel pain are short-lived, persistent or chronic heel pain is a sign that something’s wrong.  


What is plantar fasciitis?


Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain. Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. 


The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:


  • Pain first thing in the morning
  • Pain that decreases with activity
  • Pain that worsens over time


Plantar fasciitis is typically caused by underlying problems with the structure of your feet, such as flat feet or high arches. Overuse and wearing improper footwear can also increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. 


How is heel pain diagnosed?


Before recommending treatment, Foot Specialists Associates performs an in-depth examination. In addition to a physical and review of your medical history, your podiatrist may also perform imaging tests like an X-ray or ultrasound. 


Your podiatrist uses your examination to determine the severity and underlying cause of your heel pain and then works with you to develop the most effective treatment plan. 


No matter the cause of your heel pain, Foot Specialists Associates can determine the most effective treatment for your condition. 


What treatments are available for my heel pain?


Depending on your diagnosis, treatment for your heel pain may include:


  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Footwear changes
  • Pain medication
  • Weight control
  • Orthotics
  • Injection therapy
  • Removable cast
  • Night splint
  • Shockwave therapy


Foot Specialist Associates may combine a number of conservative treatments to effectively relieve your heel pain. 


If your condition is severe or doesn’t improve with conservative care, you may need surgery. Foot Specialists Associates has a team of board-certified podiatric surgeons committed to achieving the most successful outcome for each patient. 


To speak with Foot Specialist Associates about your heel pain, call the nearest office or book an appointment online today.