Heel pain is a common foot problem for many people. It has a variety of causes, but the most common is plantar fasciitis. This condition results from inflammation in the band of tissue connecting your heel and toes on the bottom of your foot.
In many cases, noninvasive treatments such as rest, shoe inserts or physical therapy can help resolve heel pain.
As one of Wisconsin’s largest health care systems, Aurora Health Care treats hundreds of cases of heel pain every single year. Whenever possible, our specialists use noninvasive treatments like medication and physical therapy to treat heel pain. If you need surgery, you’re in capable hands – our surgeons are experienced in the most advanced, least invasive methods available.
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Common causes of heel pain include:
In addition to a physical exam, your doctor may use imaging tests to diagnose the cause of your heel pain. These tests may include:
Learn more about orthopedic diagnosis.
Your individual treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your heel pain. Doctors typically start with the least invasive method possible, resorting to surgery only if other treatments don’t work. Nonsurgical treatment to reduce heel pain and inflammation may include:
If nonsurgical methods don’t work, your doctor may recommend surgery to address the cause of your heel pain. Learn more about foot and ankle surgery at Aurora.