Heel Pain Specialist

Tola Foot & Ankle Center

Pamela C Tola, DPM

Podiatric Medicine & Wellness located in Hamilton, NJ

Pain in your heel might come on gradually, but it can quickly become more than you can handle. If your heel pain is especially severe or persistent, Pamela C. Tola, DPM, at Tola Foot & Ankle Center in Hamilton, New Jersey, can create a personalized pain management plan to get you back to walking comfortably. To get started on your pain relief plan, request an appointment by phone or online with Dr. Tola today.

Heel Pain Q & A

What’s causing my heel pain?

Heel pain appears under your heel or behind it and has numerous potential causes: There are many bones and tendons in your foot that could be the source of your pain, and your heels are prone to injuries because they’re responsible for supporting your weight.

The technical term for heel pain is plantar fasciitis. It’s a condition that appears when the tissue connecting your heel to your toes becomes inflamed, and it often gets worse the more you walk on it. Other possible causes of your heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Heel spurs
  • Stress fractures
  • Bone tumors

Heel pain can appear slowly over time or suddenly and sharply. It can be linked to wear-and-tear or a specific injury or condition.

When should I see a doctor for my heel pain?

Visiting Dr. Tola for your heel pain might not be necessary. Heel pain often goes away with some rest and home care, like applying ice packs and using supportive footwear. You should book a visit to Tola Foot & Ankle Center if:

Your heel is swelling and painful

  • You feel numbness or tingling in your heel
  • You have a fever
  • Bending your foot is difficult or impossible
  • The pain lasts for several weeks

If you do need treatment, heel pain usually doesn’t require complex or invasive treatments. With your treatment plan from Dr. Tola, you’ll be back on your feet within a couple of weeks.

How is heel pain treated?

Dr. Tola keeps treatments for heel pain conservative and easy-to-follow. Your heel pain treatment and management plan might include:

  • Rest
  • Stretches
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Ice packs
  • Orthotic cushions for your shoes
  • Walking casts
  • Splints to wear at night
  • Physical therapy
  • Weight loss

Untreated heel pain can become chronic, meaning it lasts for a long time despite treatment efforts. To prevent chronic heel pain or future instances, Dr. Tola recommends that you wear shoes that fit properly and maintain a healthy weight to reduce pressure on your heels.

Heel pain might affect your ability to stand or walk comfortably, but it’s easy to treat. To relieve the pain on the bottom or back of your heel, request an appointment by phone or online with Dr. Tola today.