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Diagnosis of Conditions Causing Heel Pain

Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Diagnosing the cause of heel pain usually involves a comprehensive approach to identify the underlying issue accurately. First, a podiatrist will conduct a detailed medical history and physical examination, focusing on the foot to assess pain location, tenderness, and the presence of any swelling or abnormalities. The doctor may ask about the type of pain experienced, its onset, and any activities that exacerbate or relieve it. To further pinpoint the cause of heel pain, imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or ultrasounds may be utilized. These tools help a podiatrist visualize the internal structure of the foot, revealing issues like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or other soft tissue injuries. In certain cases, blood tests might be ordered to rule out systemic conditions, such as arthritis or gout, that can cause heel pain. Through this process, podiatrists can determine the specific cause of heel pain, allowing them to devise a targeted treatment plan that addresses the root of the problem. If you are suffering from heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today to begin the diagnostic process. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Central Ohio Comprehensive Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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