Heel Pain

Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano

Podiatrists located in Frisco, TX & Little Elm, TX & McKinney, TX

Heel pain is a common foot problem that can make it difficult to walk, run, or stand without discomfort. At Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano, board-certified podiatrists offer safe and effective treatments for heel pain. Located in Frisco, Little Elm, and McKinney, Texas, the practice uses advanced diagnostics to determine the most effective solution for each patient. To speak with a doctor about your heel pain, call one of the offices or book online today.

Heel Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can be caused by a number of underlying problems with your feet or ankles, including:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Stress fractures
  • Injuries
  • Haglund's deformity

Heel pain typically increases when you try to bear weight on the affected foot and can worsen over time, leading to pain that radiates up the leg or into the arch of the foot. Certain conditions, like stress fractures or Achilles tendinitis, can worsen without proper treatment.

If you experience heel pain, the foot health specialists at Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano can determine the underlying cause and most effective treatment. 

What is plantar fasciitis?

Although heel pain can be caused by a variety of conditions, most cases are linked to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottoms of your feet.

Inflammation to your plantar fascia can cause stabbing heel pain that’s often triggered by long periods of sitting, standing, or lying down. 

How is heel pain diagnosed?

Understanding the underlying cause of your heel pain is key to successful treatment. To diagnose your condition, your podiatrist performs a thorough physical exam. You and your podiatrist also discuss your symptoms and medical history. 

In some cases, your doctor may conduct imaging tests, like an X-ray, to check for the presence of heel spurs, stress fractures, and other abnormalities. After your diagnosis, your doctor determines the most effective treatment for your heel pain. 

What treatments are available for heel pain?

Treatment depends on the severity and underlying cause of your heel pain. If you’re experiencing mild or early signs of heel pain, your doctor may recommend stretching exercises or anti-inflammatory medication. 

If your condition doesn’t improve, your doctor may suggest additional conservative treatments, such as:

  • Night splints
  • Cortisone injections
  • Orthopedic taping
  • Orthotics

In some cases, you may need surgery to effectively relieve your heel pain. 

At Foot & Ankle Centers of Frisco & Plano, your doctor works with you to find the right solution to your heel pain. To find out more about your treatment options, book an appointment by phone or online today.