At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, we see a lot of patients everyday for heel pain. Sometimes the pain is on the bottom, the sides, or the back of the heel. When the pain is on the back of the heel it is usually due to Achilles tendinitis.
This pain is usually without any specific injury or trauma and it slowly gets worse. The pain can be worse after rest or after extended periods of walking. To reach this diagnosis, our providers will obtain a detailed history and provide a physical exam to both your feet and ankles. We will usually acquire an X-ray of the heel to help confirm our diagnosis and rule out other possible issues. One thing that we look for on the X-ray is a spur that could be forming on the back of the heel. This occurs because your calf muscle is too tight and is acting like a rope and pulling the back of the heel bone with every step and not stretching like a rubber band like it should. After we diagnose you with Achilles tendinitis treatment begins right away. The treatment we provide will be tailored to your pain level, chronicity of the condition and your activities.
At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center our providers see heel pain everyday and have helped thousands of patients with their condition. If you have a question about this or any other foot/ankle issue, please call us at 972-542-2155.