Heel Pain

Heel Pain services offered in Louisville, Leitchfield, Elizabethtown and Shepherdsville, KY and Clarksville, Corydon and Jeffersonville, IN

Heel Pain

If persistent heel pain limits your activities, you can find the high-quality care you deserve at Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists. Located in Fern Creek, Louisville, Leitchfield, Jeffersonville, Shepherdsville, and Elizabethtown, Kentucky, you can access the diagnostic testing and personalized treatment plans that support a full recovery from plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and other sources of heel pain. Call the Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists office near you today to schedule a heel pain evaluation or book a consultation online.

What causes heel pain?

Heel pain can be a side effect of several acute or chronic conditions that affect the heel bone or the surrounding soft tissues.

One common source of persistent heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which develops when the durable band of connective tissue that joins the heel bone to your toes stretches out and becomes weak.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Bone spurs
  • Bursitis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Stress fractures can also develop in the heel bone due to obesity or the repetitive movements required by manual labor jobs and sports.

Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists provide diagnostic testing and customized treatment plans for adults and children with persistent heel pain.

The podiatry team prioritizes nonsurgical therapies to alleviate heel pain, swelling, and other symptoms. They can also perform minimally invasive surgery if needed to repair heel bone fractures or tears in the surrounding tissues.

When should I seek medical care for heel pain?

Schedule a diagnostic evaluation at Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists if you have heel pain that isn’t getting better with rest and over-the-counter medications.

You should also book an evaluation if your heel pain is severe or worsens, even with home care.

The podiatry team completes a physical exam of your heel, checking for areas of tenderness, swelling, and bruising. They may also order X-rays or other diagnostic imaging tests to identify fractures, bone spurs, arthritis, and other issues.

How is heel pain treated?

Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists provides several nonsurgical therapies to support lasting heel pain relief. Your care plan might include:

  • Ice therapy
  • Bracing or taping
  • Custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Oral medications
  • Injectable medications

If your heel pain stems from bone spurs or stress fractures, you may be a candidate for surgery. The surgical team uses minimally invasive techniques to make fracture repairs or remove a bone spur through very small incisions.

Post-surgical follow-up visits are available so the team can monitor your recovery progress and provide guidance to prevent additional heel pain. 

Call the Louisville Foot and Ankle Specialists office near you today to schedule a diagnostic evaluation for persistent heel pain. You can also book a consultation online.