Heel Pain Specialist

My Chicago Foot Expert

Stavros Alexopoulos, D.P.M.

Podiatry located in Chicago, IL

Between dozens of bones, ligaments, tendons, and everything in-between, your case of heel pain can stem from a number of issues. With his advanced training in diagnosing and treating heel pain, board-certified podiatrist Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, of My Chicago Foot Expert can help. Dr. Alexopoulos offers modern regenerative therapies for heel pain in his Chicago office. Book your heel pain evaluation with the online scheduler or call the clinic directly.

Heel Pain Q & A

What causes heel pain?

Since you have so many different bones and types of soft tissues in your foot, heel pain can stem from a number of issues — from acute injuries to chronic conditions. Some of the most common causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar fasciitis or arthritis
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bone spurs or fractures
  • Pinched nerves

While less common, some cases of heel pain stem from bone tumors or cancers, which is why it’s imperative to seek medical intervention before your condition worsens.

How is heel pain treated?

Treating heel pain depends on what’s causing it. Dr. Alexopoulos offers many types of solutions that are effective for several of the top causes of heel pain. You can benefit from:

  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Physical therapy exercises
  • Wearing splints while sleeping
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine treatments

As an innovative leader in modern heel pain solutions, Dr. Alexopoulos offers platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and placental stem cell injections. These regenerative medicine treatments help damaged tissue heal, which not only resolves pain, it can also make tissues stronger and prevent future issues.

Do I need surgery for heel pain?

Possibly, although Dr. Alexopoulos generally starts you out with a more conservative therapy first. He may suggest heel pain surgery to:

  • Release your plantar fascia
  • Remove bone spurs
  • Repair bone fractures
  • Repair tendons or ligaments

If you do wind up needing surgery, Dr. Alexopoulos can perform most procedures on an outpatient basis, so you can get right back to your regular activities with minimal (if any) downtime.

Can I prevent heel pain?

Once Dr. Alexopoulos finds the cause of your heel pain and gets you treated, he can get you started on lifestyle changes to help minimize your risk of future issues. One of the best things you can do for your feet is to maintain a healthy weight for your frame.

If you’re always on your feet at work or participate in long-distance sports like running, Dr. Alexopoulos can teach you stretches and exercises to help keep joints and soft tissues limber. He can even help you find footwear that’s most supportive, depending on the activity you’re doing. Of course, continuing to wear your custom prescription orthotics can also help provide effective support and decrease your risk of future foot and ankle problems.

You have plenty of innovative heel pain solutions to choose from at My Chicago Foot Expert. Book an evaluation online or over the phone to get started on your treatment today.