Heel Pain Specialist

Gelbmann Podiatry  -  - Podiatry

Gelbmann Podiatry

Podiatry & Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, Foot & Ankle Surgeon, & Orthopedic Trauma located in Near Southside & West Town, Chicago, IL

Heel pain can strike at any time, preventing you from exercising, walking the dog, or climbing a flight of stairs. If you regularly experience heel pain that doesn’t respond to at-home care, don’t wait to seek treatment. At Gelbmann Podiatry, with two locations in the Near Southside and West Town neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, David Gelbmann, DPM, and Ramsha Tanwir, DPM, provide comprehensive care for heel pain. To schedule an appointment, book online, or call the nearest office today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What is heel pain?

Heel pain refers to any swelling, irritation, or general discomfort that affects the bottom back of your foot. For some people, heel pain is a minor annoyance; for others, it’s debilitating. 

Of all the bones in the foot, your heel is the largest. It’s hard-working and supports the weight of your upper body, but it isn’t invincible. Playing sports, working a physically demanding job, or general wear-and-tear can contribute to this painful condition.

What are some common causes of heel pain?

Heel pain occurs for various reasons, including:

  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Strains and sprains
  • Bursitis
  • Disorders that affect bone growth (osteochondroses)
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis

You might also experience heel pain if you suffer a fracture due to an automobile accident or crush injury.

When does heel pain require professional medical care?

Most heel pain resolves on its own with rest and conservative measures of care like over-the-counter pain medication. However, if your heel pain fails to improve within two or three weeks, it’s important to schedule an appointment at Gelbmann Podiatry.

It’s also critical to seek professional help if your heel pain occurs suddenly, is severe, or negatively affects your mobility.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

To diagnose heel pain, Gelbmann Podiatry physically examines your feet and heels, reviews your medical history, and asks about your symptoms, including the severity of your problem, when it started, and if any situations make it worse.

After gathering this information, they order X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your foot. Once your Gelbmann Podiatry provider determines the source of your discomfort, they develop a custom care plan to help you feel better.

How is heel pain treated?

Treatment for heel pain depends on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms. When possible, Gelbmann Podiatry recommends conservative treatments like rest, ice, compression, and elevation (the RICE protocol), wearing comfortable shoes that fit properly, and wearing a night splint.

If your pain persists or gets worse, your provider might recommend physical therapy or at-home strengthening exercises. You might also benefit from surgical intervention. 

To learn more about safe, effective treatment for heel pain, schedule an appointment at Gelbmann Podiatry. Book a consultation online, or call the nearest office today.