Heel Pain: Causes and Treatment

Are you experiencing heel pain and wondering what’s causing it and what you can do about it? Heel pain is a common reason that brings patients to Cook County podiatrist Dr. Stavros O. Alexopoulos. Discomfort is not a normal, natural part of the aging process, and it should always be taken seriously. If you hurt anywhere from the toes to the knees, a visit to the podiatrist is the best first step on the road to recovery.

Why Does My Heel Hurt?

Plantar fasciitis is one common reason for heel pain. It is an inflammation of the soft tissue that runs the length of the sole from the toes to the heel. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by heel pain, particularly first thing in the morning.

Another common cause of heel pain is Achilles tendinitis, an inflammation of the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel. It is particularly common in runners who have recently increased the duration or intensity of their training.

Only your podiatrist can accurately diagnose the source of your pain. Your appointment will begin with a thorough examination that might involve imaging, such as x-rays or an MRI. After that, your doctor will be able to diagnose your issue.

How Can My Podiatrist Treat My Heel Pain?

Depending on the cause, a board-certified podiatrist like Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, has many treatment options for heel pain. Common approaches include:

Are you worried about heel pain, or do you have another concern about the health and wellness of your feet, ankles, or lower legs? Schedule a convenient appointment in the safe, sanitized My Chicago Foot Expert office in Ravenswood. Call our friendly staff at (773) 561-8100 or click here to get started today.

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Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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