Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist) Questions Podiatrist

When should I be concerned about heel pain?

I am a 47 year old female and I have coming and going heel pain. When should I be concerned about heel pain?

8 Answers

If your heel pain is inhibiting you from participating in any of the activities you are wanting to participate in, then you should seek medical attention for your problem. If the pain is bothering you on a consistent basis, you may want to have your problem evaluated. If you are functioning fine, the pain is not very frequent (maybe once every few days and not every day) and you are participating in all activity with no problems, then you may be fine and may not need any medical attention. Pain is never normal.
If your heel pain is not getting better or getting worse, then you should see your podiatrist to determine a plan to get you well
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Most likely early plantar fasciitis. Freeze a water bottle and roll it with your heel into your arch for 5-10 min, twice a day. Wear a bit higher heel than normal if you feel it helps. Make an appointment with a podiatrist if it isn’t significantly better in a week.
Heel pain can come from many causes. You should check with a foot and ankle physician and get a diagnosis.
Good afternoon,

Heel pain can be from various causes including degenerative arthritis, bone spurs, plantar fasciitis in addition to various other possible processes. If it does recur then it would certainly be useful to evaluate further to identify the cause. Treatment is based on the diagnosis and sometimes for benign causes treatment is symptomatic whereas for more serious causes there may be the need to pursue more aggressive treatments. With limited information I would be unable to comment further but would suggest starting a discussion with your primary physician who can then proceed with some work up and may also proceed with a referral to a specialist such as Orthopedics or Rheumatology. I would not want you to worry based on the information provided but would certainly advise some further work up to assess the underlying cause.

I hope the above information is useful for you.

Mishal Abdullah.
I would say this is already concerning for plantar fasciitis or even a heel fat pad bursitis. Both are easily treatable by a Podiatrist.
Morning,


Heel pain is a very common condition. Most times it is plantar fasciitis that can be treated with conservative care. I usually recommend a proper runners stretch three times a day and use of Super Feet orthoses.


Good Luck


Dr. Lui