Heel Pain Specialist

Heel Pain services offered in Holladay and West Jordan, UT

Heel pain can make moving around challenging, preventing you from leading an active life. If you’re having mobility problems because of heel pain, visit Christiaan Goebel, DPM, and Weston Packard, DPM, at Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic in Utah. Serving the entire Salt Lake City community and surrounding areas at their offices in Holladay and West Jordan, the experienced podiatrists use noninvasive treatments to resolve most causes of heel pain. They also excel in performing surgery for severe or treatment-resistant conditions. For relief from painful heels, call Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic today or request an appointment online.

Heel Pain Q&A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can affect the bottom of your heel or the area at the back of your foot. It has many causes, including:

  • Structural foot or ankle problems
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Stress fractures
  • Obesity

An abnormal gait (walking in a way that puts pressure on the heel) can cause pain. Continually doing high-impact exercise like running, jogging, and jumping, especially on hard surfaces, commonly causes heel pain. Wearing ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes can also cause heel pain or make it worse.

One of the most likely causes of pain on the bottom of your heel is plantar fasciitis. This condition develops when inflammation affects the plantar fascia, a piece of connective tissue that runs under your foot.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

The Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team diagnoses your heel pain by performing a physical exam, looking at your health history, and discussing your symptoms.

X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan might be necessary to study the structures and tissues inside your foot in detail. Once your podiatrist confirms what’s causing your heel pain, they can recommend the most effective treatment.

How is heel pain treated?

The exact treatment you need for your heel pain depends on what’s causing it. Therapies that could be in your treatment plan include:

  • Resting and keeping your weight off the heel
  • Icing inflamed tissues
  • Custom orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Exercises and stretches
  • Cortisone injections
  • Laser therapy

In most cases, heel pain responds well to conservative treatments like these. However, if you’re not improving or your heel pain is due to a more severe problem, you might need surgery.

The Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team has considerable experience performing surgery for heel pain. They use minimally invasive techniques for operations, such as plantar fascia release, where they cut the tight tissue causing your heel pain. They can also perform advanced surgeries like foot reconstruction if necessary.

If you have heel pain, don’t put up with it any longer. The Salt Lake City Foot and Ankle Clinic team can resolve most causes of heel pain quickly to get you long-term relief. Call the office nearest you to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.