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Heel Pain

Arch Foot and Ankle treats a variety of conditions that cause heel pain.

What conditions cause heel pain?

Plantar Fasciitis 

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. In this condition, the fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain.​

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel

  • Pain in the arch of the foot

  • Pain that is usually worse upon arising or in the morning

  • Pain that increases over a period of months

  • Swelling on the bottom of the heel


Non-surgical treatments include: 

  • Stretching

  • Avoiding going barefoot

  • Limiting activities 

  • Shoe modifications

  • Medications

  • Padding, taping, and strapping 

  • Orthotic devices 

  • Injection therapies 

  • Removable walking cast

  • Night splint

  • Physical therapy

In some cases, surgery may be necessary. 

Tarsal Tunnel

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression, or squeezing, on the posterior tibial nerve that produces symptoms anywhere along the path of the nerve running from the inside of the ankle into the foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs in the wrist. 

Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel:

  • Tingling, burning or a sensation similar to an electrical shock

  • Numbness

  • Pain, including shooting pain



Non-surgical treatments include:

  • Rest

  • Ice

  • Oral medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

  • Immobilization

  • Physical therapy

  • Injection therapy

  • Orthotic devices

  • Supportive shoes

  • Bracing


In some cases, surgery may be necessary. 

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