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Heel Pain

If you’re among the nearly 2 million people who report suffering from heel pain yearly, you know how frustrating and limiting this pain can be. At Alpine Foot and Ankle in Idaho Falls, ID and Alpine, WY, podiatrist Andrew McCall, DPM, FACFAS, evaluates and treats heel pain, so it stops affecting your daily life. Call the our office to set up your appointment or use this website’s online booking tool.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This inflammatory condition affects the plantar fascia, a ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes. When the ligament becomes inflamed due to overuse or stress, it causes disabling and chronic pain. 

Other, less-common causes of heel pain are:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Stress fractures
  • Heel spurs
  • Bone tumors
  • Peripheral neuropathy

It’s important to get an accurate diagnosis so your treatment plan works for your condition.

What are the characteristics of heel pain?

Heel pain from plantar fasciitis is often most noticeable first thing in the morning when you step out of bed or get up after a long period of sitting. When you use your foot often during exercise, or at a job that requires a lot of standing, the pain may subside somewhat. But later, when you rest, the pain may return with a vengeance. 

Why did I develop heel pain?

Heel pain commonly happens due to overuse. Runners and people who tend to overpronate, or turn their foot inward, are vulnerable. 

A sudden increase in daily activity is often the cause. If you’re a runner who ups their mileage suddenly or starts a lot of hill and speed work at once, you’re at risk of developing heel pain.

People who wear unsupportive shoes like flip-flops and sandals may also develop heel pain. 

How do you treat heel pain?

The sooner you start treatment for heel pain, the better your chance of a quick recovery. When you avoid treatment for six months or longer, you invite the pain to possibly become chronic. 

Treatment may be conservative at first, consisting of pain medications, shoe recommendations, custom orthotics, and rest. Specialized night braces stabilize your foot while you sleep to minimize inflammation. 

More aggressive treatments for heel pain include nerve decompression therapy and extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) to break down heel inflammation and scar tissue. 

Have your heel pain evaluated at Alpine Foot and Ankle right away. Call to make an appointment or use this website to schedule a visit. 


Alpine Foot and Ankle Care specializes in Minimal Incision Surgery techniques, meticulously crafted to minimize scarring and accelerate the pace of recovery. 
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