Heel Pain

Stephanie Spicer, DPM -  - Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Medicine and Surgery

Foot & Ankle Group

Stephanie Spicer, DPM

Podiatrist, Foot & Ankle Medicine and Surgery located in Olympia Fields, IL

Chronic or persistent heel pain can have a major impact on your mobility, daily activities, and overall quality of life. If you struggle with heel pain that doesn’t seem to go away, the foot and ankle specialists at Foot & Ankle Group in Olympia Fields, Illinois, can help you find the right solution for your condition. Led by board-certified podiatrist Stephanie Spicer, DPM, the practice offers a number of advanced diagnostics and effective treatments. To schedule your visit, call or book online today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain is often the result of overuse or injury. Causes include:

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis occurs when your Achilles tendon becomes damaged as a result of repetitive stress or intense strain. It’s an overuse injury that frequently affects runners and people who play weekend sports like tennis or basketball. Without proper treatment, Achilles tendinitis can lead to a rupture of the Achilles tendon, which typically requires surgery. 


A fracture occurs when you experience a crack or break in one or more of your bones. A stress fracture is a common type of fracture that frequently affects the bones in your legs, feet, and ankles. Stress fractures are typically the result of increasing the intensity of physical activity too quickly. This doesn’t allow your bones time to adjust to the stress, which causes small, hairline cracks in your bone.

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a type of injury that affects the tissues that run along the bottom of your feet (called the plantar fascia). Repeated stretching and tearing of these tissues can result in stabbing heel pain. Certain factors like age, weight, and standing or walking for long periods of time can increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. 

When should I see a podiatrist about my heel pain?

Although most heel pain is minor and goes away on its own, some cases can become persistent or severe. If you experience recurring or severe heel pain, it’s important to seek medical care as soon as possible. Without proper treatment, certain conditions like stress fractures or Achilles tendinitis can lead to worsening symptoms or permanent damage. 

How is heel pain diagnosed?

Successfully relieving your heel pain depends on the underlying cause of your condition. During your appointment, your doctor performs an in-depth examination to accurately diagnose your condition. In addition to a physical exam and discussion of your symptoms and medical history, the team also uses a number of advanced diagnostics, including Fluoroscan and musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging. After the examination, your doctor works with you to develop a customized treatment plan. 

What treatments are available for heel pain?

Depending on your diagnosis, treatment for your condition may include:

  • RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medication
  • Footwear changes
  • Orthotics
  • Night splints

Although most heel pain can be treated with conservative care, some cases may require surgery. As a board-certified podiatric surgeon, Dr. Spicer specializes in a number of traditional and minimally invasive procedures. 

To find out which treatment is right for you, book an appointment with Foot & Ankle Group by phone or online today.