Heel Pain

Heel Pain

Heel Pain services offered in Cranford, Wallington and Fort Lee, NJ

Around 10% of adults suffer from chronic heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and other foot problems. At Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle, experienced podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Chester Klimek, DPM, provides various treatments for heel pain. After a discussion of your symptoms and an exam, he makes personalized treatment recommendations to relieve heel pain and restore your mobility. Call the Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle office in Cranford, Wallington, or Fort Lee, New Jersey, today, or book your appointment online for heel pain treatment.

What is heel pain?

Heel pain is aching or pain and discomfort in or around your heel bone at the back of your foot. Heel pain ranges from mild to disabling. It typically improves with rest, ice, and over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication. But if your symptoms continue for days or affect your mobility, contact Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle right away.

What causes heel pain?

At Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle, Dr. Klimek treats heel pain caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis (damage to the plantar fascia ligament)
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bursitis
  • Arthritis
  • Plantar warts

Heel pain affecting children and teens is often caused by osteochondroses, a group of disorders that interfere with bone growth.

When should I see a podiatrist about heel pain?

Make an appointment at Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle if you have heel pain that lasts more than a week or two. That’s especially true if the pain is severe, occurs alongside heel redness, or interferes with your mobility.

How is heel pain diagnosed?

Dr. Klimek reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including whether the pain is on the back, side, or bottom of your heel, what it feels like, and if it’s worse during specific times, like when you first get out of bed in the morning.

Dr. Klimek examines your heel and heel bone, checking for redness, bruising, and swelling. He gently presses on your heel to identify sensitive spots and asks you to walk around, assessing how the pain affects your gait (how you walk). Dr. Klimek then orders diagnostic imaging like X-rays or an ultrasound to look at your heel bone and the surrounding tissues.

After identifying the cause of your heel pain, Dr. Klimek makes personalized treatment recommendations.

How does a podiatrist treat heel pain?

At Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle, Dr. Klimek takes a conservative and integrative approach to treating heel pain. He could suggest:

  • Rest
  • Applying ice several times daily
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling
  • Taking over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication
  • Wearing shoes that fit well
  • Wearing a night splint to stretch your foot while you sleep
  • Orthotics (prescription shoe inserts)
  • Physical therapy

Most people with heel pain benefit from several of these treatments. Dr. Klimek monitors your symptoms at routine checkups, adjusting your care plan when needed.

Call the nearest Kinetic Edge Foot & Ankle office today to schedule heel pain treatment, or book your appointment online.