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Heel Pain

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We rely on our feet to do almost everything for us in terms of getting around, so suffering from any sort of pain is frustrating and even debilitating. If you are suffering from heel pain in Plainfield, know that you are not alone. Our team of podiatrists in the Joliet, Plainfield & Bolingbrook, Illinois areas are ready to address your heel pain and get you back on two healthy feet once again.

The potential causes of heel pain are many, including simple ailments like a bruise or a stress fracture, to more complicated ailments that require more attention and healing. The two most common causes of heel pain are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heel bone. When this band becomes inflamed, it may result in a stabbing pain occurring in the bottom of your foot around the heel area. It is common to feel this pain during your first steps in the morning; the pain may decrease throughout the day but flare up again after long periods of standing or sitting.

  • Causes & Risk Factors: Think of your plantar fascia as a bowstring that absorbs shock and supports your foot. If too much stress accumulates, small tears begin to form in the fascia. Runners are at increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis, though age, exercise type, foot mechanics, obesity, and occupation also play a role in its development.
  • Treatment: Though the healing period may be several months, conservative efforts including resting, icing and stretching can help improve symptoms. In more extreme cases, physical therapy, night splints or orthotics can be beneficial. If your symptoms are still prevalent after months of conservative approaches, more extreme methods such as injections, surgery, or extracorporeal shockwave therapy may be beneficial.

Achilles Tendinitis

The large tendon that runs down the back of your lower leg is called the Achilles; when this tendon is inflamed, it causes pain and irritation during almost every movement you make. Every time you walk, run, jump, or stand on your toes, your Achilles tendon is being used.

  • Causes & Symptoms: Repetitive stress and overuse are the typical causes of Achilles tendinitis, so if you suddenly increase your activity amount, your body may develop tendinitis. Both tight calf muscles and bone spurs can also trigger Achilles tendinitis. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the morning, severe pain after working out, the tendon itself thickening, ever-present swelling, and bone spurs.
  • Treatment: Heel pain in Plainfield doesn’t have to linger. Our podiatrists have multiple treatment options when it comes to Achilles tendinitis. There are nonsurgical treatments that include rest, ice, stretching exercises, physical therapy, custom orthotics, or cortisone injections. If these treatment options do not improve your pain after 6 months, surgical treatment may be necessary.

Contact Our Team at Suburban Foot & Ankle

If you are suffering from any sort of heel pain in Plainfield, it is important to seek treatment before pain gets worse. Schedule an appointment with us today to get started.

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Two Convenient Locations


15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Illinois Podiatric Medical Association


215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax

American Podiatric Medical Association