Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists
Dr. Maurice W. Aiken, DPM
Podiatry & Alternative Medicine located in Dunedin, FL
Each year, more than two million Americans visit the doctor due to heel pain. If heel pain keeps you from exercising or going to work, help is available. At Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists, board-certified foot and ankle surgeon Maurice W. Aiken, DPM, uses a variety of alternative, minimally invasive treatments to manage heel pain without surgery. To make an appointment at the practice in Dunedin, Florida, call the office today or schedule online.
Heel Pain Q & A
What is heel pain?
Heel pain refers to any discomfort or stiffness that affects the very back, bottom of your foot. Often, it occurs due to an acute injury, but it can also develop over time as a result of work or playing sports.
Most minor instances of heel pain resolve within a few days. However, if your pain persists or worsens, contact Dr. Aiken at Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists right away.
What causes heel pain?
Common causes of heel pain include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sprains and strains
- Achilles tendonitis
- Repetitive strain injury
If you have arthritis, you might also experience heel pain.
Do I need to see a podiatrist about heel pain?
Make an appointment with Dr. Aiken at Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists if your heel pain is severe, sudden, or associated with redness or swelling. You should also visit the office if your heel pain prevents you from working, exercising, or performing other daily tasks.
How is heel pain diagnosed?
To diagnose heel pain, Dr. Aiken reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they first started and if any activities, like standing for extended periods, make them worse. Next, he examines your heel, pressing on it carefully to find areas of swelling or warmth.
Dr. Aiken might also ask you to walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture. If these steps don’t provide enough information, he can order additional tests like X-rays, an MRI, or a CT scan to rule out issues invisible to the eye like fractures, strains, or sprains.
How is heel pain treated?
At Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists, Dr. Aiken treats heel pain using conservative, alternative treatments. He might recommend:
- Custom orthotics
- Erchonia® cold laser therapy
- Amnio Fluid Flow™ injections
- Physical therapy
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
All of these treatments are non-invasive and occur on an outpatient basis. What’s more, they boast a high rate of success and lasting treatment outcomes.
To learn more about the various treatment options for heel pain, make an appointment at Bay Breeze Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the office today or booking online.