Heel Pain Specialist

South County Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in Lincoln, Providence, Scituate, Wakefield, Warwick, and Westerly, RI

If you suffer from heel pain, you need an accurate diagnosis and treatment for relief. The board-certified podiatrists at South County Foot & Ankle provide options to help you get comfortable on your feet again. Make an appointment at your nearest Rhode Island location that includes Warwick, Wakefield, Westerly, Providence, Lincoln, and Scituate. To get to the root cause of your heel pain, call or book your visit online today.

Heel Pain Q&A

Why do I have heel pain?

Your feet each contain 52 bones, making up 25% of all the bones in your body. They also have joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and connective tissues.

Heel pain can result from several issues, such as:

  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Sprained ankle
  • Achilles tendonitis

An injury to your heel bone or even wearing shoes that don’t fit well can also cause heel pain. 

If you suffer from heel pain, the podiatrists at South County Foot & Ankle can give you a proper diagnosis and customize a treatment plan of care.

What are the symptoms of heel pain?

You should seek medical intervention from your podiatrist at South County Foot & Ankle if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in your arches
  • Numbness in your feet
  • Swelling in your ankles
  • Limited range of motion
  • Soreness or tightness in your lower legs
  • Pain in your heels after being off of your feet

Delayed attention to your symptoms can cause more severe conditions. Call your provider right away if you suffer from signs of heel pain.

What happens if I let my heel pain go untreated?

If you don’t see your provider about your heel pain, your condition can develop into more serious complications, such as:

Plantar tears

Your plantar fascia is the ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. If it continues to stay inflamed, small tears can appear, causing your pain to intensify over time.

Plantar rupture

You can have a plantar rupture if you continue to participate in high-impact activities, like jogging or even standing for long periods of time in ill-fitting footwear. A rupture can have a popping sound, then extreme pain, bruising, and swelling.

Plantar fibromatosis

This condition occurs when nodules grow along your plantar fascia. The benign growths can start slowly and then rapidly get bigger, causing discomfort when you walk.

Heel spurs

When you leave your plantar fasciitis untreated, your arch wants to protect itself, which causes cells to gather at the problem area and deposit calcium. As the deposits build up, they turn into sharp protrusions that push into the pad of your heel, making your steps painful.

When your plantar fascia becomes compromised, you can also experience hip, knee, and back pain.

If you suffer from heel pain, seek treatment from the professionals at South County Foot & Ankle. Call or book your appointment online today.