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Heel Pain Specialist

Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrist located in Scottsdale, AZ

The most common reason for heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis. Experienced podiatrist Nima Sana, DPM, of Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale, Arizona, provides relief from heel pain, including thorough, effective plantar fasciitis treatments, for people of all ages. To learn more, call the office to make an appointment or schedule one online today.

Heel Pain Q&A

What causes heel pain?

If you’re one of the millions of adults who experience intense heel pain in one or both feet when you first step out of bed most mornings, you probably have a condition called plantar fasciitis. 

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the result of tight calf muscles or repeated stress and small tears in your plantar fascia, the tendon that runs lengthwise on the bottom of each foot. You can feel the plantar fascia when you press on the arches in your feet.

Achilles tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is another common cause of heel pain. With this condition, pain is usually most intense at the back of your heel. Achilles tendinitis is the result of overuse or injury to your Achilles tendon — the band that connects your calf muscle to your heel bone.

Symptoms of Achilles tendinitis usually worsen after activities like running or climbing stairs, but you may also experience pain and stiffness when you first get out of bed in the morning.

Plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis can cause chronic heel pain that persists for months or longer without treatment. Damage to the structures in your heel can also lead to the development of bony growths called heel spurs, which may also cause heel pain.

When should I seek treatment for heel pain?

Any time heel pain keeps you from participating in your usual activities or causes so much discomfort that you rely on pain medications to get through your day, it’s a good idea to seek medical care. 

At Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Sana can accurately diagnose the underlying cause of your heel pain and provide the most effective treatment.

How is heel pain treated?

Dr. Sana treats your heel pain according to the cause. Treatment methods may include:

  • Rest or temporarily avoiding sports and activities that aggravate your condition
  • Foot orthotics for your shoes
  • Stretching exercises or physical therapies
  • Icing your foot
  • Wearing more supportive shoes or avoiding high heels
  • Night splints
  • Injection therapies to reduce inflammation and relieve pain

Dr. Sana uses the latest technologies and treatment methods, including amniotic stem cell injections, to relieve chronic heel pain and promote healing for the tissues within your foot.

Don’t let heel pain limit your daily activities. Call Phoenician Foot & Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.